Spend some time wandering through the storefronts along Divisadero Street. Shop for culinary antiques at Cookin', pretty gifts and stationery at Rare Device, and surf gear at San Franpsycho. There’s also a superb barber, J.P. Kempt; an awesome fitness studio Salt, which specializes in a fusion of barre and high-intensity cardio; and a stylish little salon, Q Spa, that offers nail care, waxing and skincare services.
4505 Burgers and Barbecue
After that, spend some time soaking up the San Francisco sun or watching the sunset on the lawns of Alamo Square Park. Snap some photos of the Painted Ladies. Also known as the the Full House houses, this row of classic Victorians was featured in the iconic '90s sitcom. Note: Alamo Square is being completely renovated so for lazing in the sun alternatives while the Park is being redone, there's always Golden Gate Park.
The Little Chihuahua
Bi-Rite Market & Creamery
Bi-Rite Market & Creamery (550 Divisadero St.)
For dessert, pop into Bi-Rite Market right next to NOPA. One of San Francisco’s most well-known independent grocers, Bi-Rite has two locations, the Mission District original and this newer store, which opened in 2013. At Bi-Rite, there’s a counter that serves up scoops of Bi-Rite Creamery’s world-famous ice cream, which includes the now ubiquitous combinations of strawberry and balsamic and caramel and salt as ice cream flavors. Grab a cone with a few balls of creamy, melt-in-your mouth ice cream or an ice cream sandwich of brown butter cookies with Blue Bottle coffee almond chocolate chip ice cream. Before you head out, browse the shelves of the market. It’s stocked with a carefully curated selection of local purveyors. Grab a bottle of screwcap wine and a few plastic glasses. It’s time for some relaxing.
If you’re still hungry for more that Divisadero Street and the NOPA neighborhood have to offer, check out the following spots:
Regazza (311 Divisadero St.)
An awesome date spot, this pizzeria offers thin crust pizza in a romantic and intimate setting.
Vinyl Coffee & Wine Bar (359 Divisadero St.)
Coffee and wine are on the agenda at this relaxed casual all-day cafe from award-winning sommelier Mark Bright.
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