Stationed east of the Mission District in San Francisco, Potrero Hill and Dogpatch boast an industrial past and hip vibe. Named for 18th-century sheep grazing pastures, Potrero Hill was originally settled during California’s Gold Rush. Formerly a shipbuilding center during the 1800s, Dogpatch was renovated in the 1990s and is now an upper-middle-class haven popular with families and working professionals. Though Dogpatch has its own neighborhood association, it shares a merchant association, political caucuses, and other local affairs with nearby Potrero Hill. Both have similar demographics and are known for often-sunny weather and skyline views of downtown San Francisco and ships on the bay.
Since Dogpatch wasn’t impacted by the 1906 earthquake, it has some of the oldest houses in San Francisco (including a stock of colorful Victorians). In the past decade, live-work lofts and new condo buildings have also cropped up, proving popular with buyers and renters alike. Referred to as “Mayberry by the Bay” by one local, Potrero Hill is a quiet area with tiny cottages and former industrial warehouses that have been reimagined as residential lofts. The average home price is $1.4 million in Potrero Hill and $1.1 million in Dogpatch.
Located in Potrero Hill and dating back to 1896, Anchor Brewing Company
is America’s first craft brewery. Visitors can take tours of the traditional copper brewhouse, enjoy a local tasting flight, and purchase their favorite beers in the store.
As the enclave has become more modernized, independently owned businesses have popped up, primarily along Third Street. Wine bars, art galleries, see-and-be-seen restaurants, and brunch cafes all feature prominently on the strip, providing plenty of options for dining, shopping, and relaxing with friends.
French bistro Chez Maman
is beloved for its friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere and home-style cooking. From burgers to French onion soup to crepes, the cuisine is certain to transport diners to the streets of Paris. For a taste of Italy, head to La Stazione
to sample paninis, espresso, and wines inspired by Sardinia and Sicily. Afterward, grab some drinks with friends and take in the entertainment at Thee Parkside
—an understated watering hole that features a revolving list of indie, punk, metal, and country bands—or check out the Museum of Craft and Design