Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 220
Clockwise from top:
Maker & Moss, Ver
Unica, and True Sake.
Fiercely protective of its village vibe, Hayes
Valley has developed a shopping district
that's practically free of chain stores.
Instead, a welcoming array of shops brings a
strong eye for style and appealing offerings
to the neighborhood. While the selection
is wide ranging - from sake boutique True
Sake to the Mexican folk-art talismans of
Polanco - clothing, home decor, shoes, and
sweets are the mainstays here.
Begin your spree at vintage-focused Ver
Unica, one of the original Hayes Valley
stores, where you'll likely run into owner
Cindy Spade, a muse with effortless personal style. Impossibly hip Acrimony stocks
cool-girl and -guy pieces, while Welcome
Stranger is solely dedicated to the sharpdressed man. The contemporary design collective Minimal and artisan-focused Maker
& Moss are like candy stores for designophiles, but when it's time to satisfy a literal
sweet tooth, head to Miette for cupcakes and
tarts, and Chantal Guillon for macarons.
San Francisco possesses plenty of landmarks
(hello, Golden Gate Bridge), but mostly due
to its size, Hayes trades monuments for cozy
public spaces. At Patricia's Green park,
created after the freeway was torn down,
locals commandeer tables for meetups, and
street fairs and public art make frequent appearances. Adjacent is Proxy, an open-air
space that throws alfresco movie nights and
block parties, and hosts coffee, ice cream,
and beer pop-ups. Around the corner is the
SFJazz Center, where, at sleek new restaurant and lounge B-Side, piquant cocktails
play like crowd-pleasing openers to the
night's jazz-heavyweight headliner.
For larger-scale sightseeing, head to the
neighboring Civic Center, home to the War
Memorial Opera House, the San Francisco Symphony, and Herbst Theatre. A
15-minute stroll west leads to Alamo Square
Park, bordered by the Painted Ladies (aka
Postcard Row), a row of pastel-hued sister
houses made famous by the opening credits
of Full House, now one of the city's most photographed scenes. Instagram-op scored, return to Hayes Valley to soak in the village
scene - a glass of rosé in hand.
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