There is no better way to experience the “real” San Francisco than to get out into our amazing neighborhoods, and Noe Valley is the perfect place to feel what it’s like to be a local in our unique City.
First of all, getting here is a piece of cake! From downtown, just enter any MUNI Metro station on Market Street and hop on an outbound J-Church light-rail car. You’ll soon emerge from the subway in the Castro and enjoy great views of the City as you pass by Mission Dolores Park, then climb your way along Church Street up and over to 24th Street. Get off at 24th and you’ll find two delightful commercial corridors to captivate you. Due south, Church Street beckons. Due west, 24th Street welcomes you. And yes, you can do both of these walking/shopping/dining/drinking tours in the same day!
Amble down Church Street for culinary delights. Walk into Lehr's German Specialties (1581 Church) and you’ll be surrounded by all things Deutschland, from savory wursts and hearty spätzle to lucky marzipan pigs. At Regent Thai (1700 Church) will offer savory Southeast Asian palate pleasers. And just next door, fine meats, seafood, and poultry at Barons Quality Meats and Seafood (1706 Church).
While you're there, don’t forget to visit the towering St. Paul's Catholic Church at the corner of Church and Valley. An historic parish and structure in its own right, the parish was the architectural star of the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Sister Act.
At the bottom of Church Street hop back on the J-Church inbound and get off again at 24th Street. Walk towards the impressive heights of the Twin Peaks mountain to your west and prepare to be enchanted by Noe Valley’s “downtown.”
Looking for unique gifts to take home and remind you of your San Francisco adventure or to share with your family and friends back home? These unique boutiques will fit the bill! (Running up 24th Street from Church Street to Douglass Street.)
IS Fine Art and Design (3848 24th) features carefully curated fine art and accessories for the home.
Olive This Olive That (304 Vicksburg Street) features a huge selection of California olive oils and vinegars from around the world. They also sell beautiful and thoughtfully curated gift boxes that you won’t find anywhere else.
As you walk up 24th Street, stop by and marvel at America’s newest urban park, Noe Valley Town Square, between Sanchez and Vicksburg. A multi-million-dollar civic improvement project spearheaded by local activists and myriad allies, don’t miss the amazing murals by Mona Caron on both sides of the park. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a Saturday, don’t miss the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Astrid's Rabat Shoes (3909 24th) delivers hand-picked, exciting, wearable, high-quality footwear for men and women along with handbags, wallets and much more!
Folio Books (3957 24th) celebrates four years as a uniquely successful brick and mortar bookstore and they host great neighborhood literary events. Ready to relax and read??
Ambiance (3979 24th) will leave the ladies scrambling to pare down the scores of great clothing options on offer to what they can fit in their suitcases on the trip home.
Just for Fun & Scribbledoodles (3982 24th) will draw you in and stimulate your creative juices. From arts and crafts supplies to exquisitely designed custom printed stationery, you can, and should, spend an hour here taking it all in.
When Modern Was (4037 24th) invites you to pick up a unique piece of reinvented vintage furniture or home décor accessory to make your mark back home.
Small Frys (4066 24th) has been outfitting the babies and kids of San Francisco with wonderful clothing and accessories since 1984. Got a little one in your life? Don’t miss this chance to pick up a few unique items to make their day.
Sean (4080 24th) features the distinctive men’s wear collection of Paris designer Emile Lafaurie.
Gallery of Jewels (4089 24th) curates the high-quality work of over 140 jewelry designers in a sparkling and cheery space.
Cotton Basics at the corner of Castro and 24th has been designing, sewing and dyeing its own garments locally for more than thirty years.
Two Birds (1309 Castro) offers handpicked women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories.
Walgreens (1333 Castro) has all of the goods you depend upon them for back home.
Mapamundi Kids (1306 Castro) is an independent kids' lifestyle store fostering learning through discovery and play.
Terra Mia Ceramic Studio (1314 Castro) let’s you (and your kids) create unique hand-painted pottery to take home to decorate your home or share as gifts.
Charlie's Corner (4102 24th) is another independent neighborhood bookstore and caters exclusively to children with daily story times and other programming for youngsters.
Cliché Noe Gifts + Home (4175 24th) is an award-winning local retailer featuring uniquely San Francisco gifts and accessories for the home.
Hungry? 24th Street serves everything your taste buds desire (Running up 24th Street from Church Street to Douglass Street.):
Saru Sushi Bar (3856 24th) makes everything in-house and features a great sake and beer selection.
Martha & Bros. Coffee (3868 24th) have been serving their own custom roasts here since 1987. Their parklet out front is a great place to watch the people go by as you enjoy your latte.
Casa Mexicana (3917 24th) is a great place to get your burrito fix satiated. Make it a super, right?
Novy Restaurant (4000 24th) offers a casual and affordable menu of California cuisine with ingredients that are as fresh, local and organic as possible.
Easy Breezy (4028B 24th) brings you organic, premium self-serve frozen yogurt, custard and decadent non-dairies and toppings in a fun and friendly environment.
Noe Valley Bakery (4073 24th) has been making handcrafted breads, breakfast pastries, cookies and more since 1995.
Hamano Sushi (1332 Castro) has been serving a blend of traditional and modern Japanese Food for over twenty years.
Little Chihuahua (4123 24th) is a unique taqueria focusing on sustainability and good, wholesome Mexican food, with a cozy heated patio out back.
Firefly (4288 24th) has consistently remained a favorite San Francisco restaurant for over two decades.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Are you staying in Noe Valley this trip? Lucky you! Here are some great merchants who will make your life easier here in the heart of San Francisco:
To stock your larder, Whole Foods Market (3950 24th) features all of the organic offerings you’ve come to expect from them.
Noe Valley Wine & Spirits (3821 24th) features a great selection of wines, beers and spirits, and they offer free delivery with a minimum purchase.
St. Clair's Liquor (3900 24th) offers a broad selection of popular spirits, beers and wines.
PlumpJack Wine & Spirits (4011 24th) curates an exciting assortment of wines, spirits and craft beers for the most discerning beverage palate.
Hankering for a sports fix with beverages attached?
Valley Tavern (4054 24th) is a friendly pub with over 40 beers on tap and big screen TVs lining the walls.
The Dubliner (3838 24th) has been a local favorite sports bar for over twenty-five years.
Phone, tablet, notebook giving you a hard time? Castro Computer Services (1500 Castro) will have you back up and running in no time.
Why go home with a suitcase full of dirty clothes? Sea Breeze Cleaners (1420 Castro) is there to do your laundry and dry cleaning.