Cole Valley is a small well-heeled neighborhood coveted by many, due to its central location, good access to public transportation, proximity to Golden Gate Park, high-quality local retail, and an excellent public elementary school.
ART & CULTURE
Cole Valley is home to many writers, filmmakers and visual artists, and features a popular street fair every September. Cole Valley came into its own in the 1920s after boosters successfully convinced the City to build the Sunset Tunnel, providing quick transit to downtown. In the 1960s, hippies drawn to counterculture joined Cole Valley’s middle-class residents, later becoming homeowners and parents.
FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
Cole Valley’s restaurants offer everything from burgers to French bistro cuisine. In the three-block commercial strip along Cole Street and part of Carl, there are more than a dozen restaurants and cafés to choose from, some of which draw visitors from around the Bay Area.
At Zazie, an uber-popular local favorite, people mingle and enjoy dinner on the beautiful candle-lit patio out back. Say Cheese is one of the premier specialty cheese shops in the Bay Area – its list of cheeses reads like an international who’s who in the dairy world, and its wines are equally sought after. The Ice Cream Bar, a 1930s-style soda fountain and lunch counter, delights diners with its homemade floats, malts, and inventive ice cream flavors.