Located near the entrance to Golden Gate Park
, San Francisco’s North of the Panhandle (NoPa) neighborhood is a small residential enclave with a slew of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Formerly lumped together with the nearby Western Addition, NoPa was rebranded in recent years as its own entity by real estate agents and developers eager to help it appeal to trendy tech workers. From 1900s-era Victorians to modern homes hidden behind hedges, NoPa has something for house hunters of all stripes. On average, homes in NoPa sell for $1.3 million.
Families with young children, tech workers, and college students from the University of San Francisco make up the majority of the population, and it has gained a reputation as a hip, desirable place to live. Families love the easy access to Golden Gate Park and Koret Children’s Quarter Playground and Carousel
(reportedly the oldest public playground in America), while millennials and tech workers enjoy walking past the Painted Ladies Victorian homes on their way to a concert or art show.
The highly walkable neighborhood’s main commercial corridor is Divisadero Street, which effortlessly divides the northern end of San Francisco. To the east, the scene becomes more urban, and to the west, the verdant landscape leads to Golden Gate Park and oceanfront views visible from the Sunset and Richmond districts. The popular street is known for its influx of dining, drinking, and shopping options. No mention of NoPa would be complete without mentioning one of its most famous culinary destinations: The Mill
, a see-and-be-seen cafe with Four Barrel Coffee and delicious toasts curated by chef Josey Baker and his team. (Topping options include organic almond butter, house-made Nutella, seasonal jam, and, of course, avocado mash). After trying one of the toasts, head to Sightglass Coffee
, a coffee roaster located in a 1903 Victorian home, to grab a latte or steaming cup of java.
For one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, head to Bar Crudo
to sample some of the seafood for which San Francisco is known. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., patrons can order oysters and mussels for just $1.50 alongside $5 beers. In addition, the hearty chowder (comprised of fish, shrimp, mussels, squid, potatoes, bacon, and cream) is not to be missed. If you’d rather experience some Chicago-style pizza, head to neighborhood staple Little Star Pizza
. The iconic institution is known for its deep-dish and thin-crust pizza, which can be topped with everything from pears and blue cheese to meatballs and fresh mozzarella. End the night by heading to The Page
, a dive bar with exposed brick walls, pool and foosball tables, and plenty of beer selections. Offering convenient access to Golden Gate Park as well as a respectable list of shops, restaurants, and bars, NoPa appeals to everyone from college students to young families, making it the perfect place for almost anyone to settle down.