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.
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.