San Francisco’s first multicultural neighborhood, the area just north of the Golden Gate Park’s panhandle, NoPa, was once the epicenter of the city’s jazz scene. It still boasts choice bars and clubs that recall its musical roots.

The Neighborhood

NoPa is a casually cool neighborhood with a reputation for being slightly rough around the edges. It is undergoing a rebirth, as newcomers discover a community where diverse cultures mix. Centered on its namesake park, this neighborhood is known for its large Victorian houses, most notably the super-photogenic “Painted Ladies,” with views of downtown.

What To Expect

Centrally located, NoPa is within easy reach of the livelier neighborhoods of Haight Ashbury and Hayes Valley. A recently renovated Divisadero Street has been turned into a hip boulevard, with drought-tolerant shrubs and trees down the median and “parklets” with benches and planter boxes gracing the sidewalks.


NoPa is the place to go if you are looking for great music and nightlife. When it comes to dining, NoPa wears its past with pride while flaunting its new chic. For those desiring exercise, NoPa’s closeness to Golden Gate Park means that its residents can easily go for a walk, jog or bicycle ride along the Panhandle all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

The Market

NoPa is one of the more architecturally intact neighborhoods in the city, Like the adjoining Haight-Ashbury District, it was spared devastation in the post-quake fire of 1906, and many of its homes are prime examples of the exuberant Victorian and early Edwardian architecture. Developers have set their sights on the Alamo Square neighborhood, with several multi-story projects in the works.

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The Vibe

Art & Culture

Local businesses get creative with frequent art shows by locals, seasonal art walks, and open studio events. The Independent is a live-music hot spot between Grove and Hayes that draws crowds from all over the bay area and beyond.

Food & Nightlife

NoPa, was once the epicenter of the city’s jazz scene, and it is still the place to go if you are looking for great music and nightlife. A number of eateries, such as Eddie’s Café, and BlueJay Café, with its catfish and gumbo, echo the days when Southern cooking was the standard. Today, everyone’s hot on Nopa, specializing in organic wood-fired cuisine, Bar Crudo, the latest take on a seafood bar, Ziryab, Middle Eastern cuisine, and Club Waziema, with Ethiopian food and drink. The weekly Divisadero Farmers’ Market on Grove Street, offers fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as local cuisine and entertainment.