Haight Asbury

Haight Asbury

Located at
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan
San Francisco, CA 94117
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This beautiful and unique neighborhood became famous in the 1960's as the center of American counter-culture. Named after the intersection of two streets, Haight and Ashbury, in a residential San Francisco area, this district became a hippie pilgrimage destination. Haight-Ashbury still embraces the 60's culture, with plenty of smoke shops and hippie relics, but it has now become much more exclusive. Storefronts are mostly filled with high-end clothing shops and restaurants, making it a prominent commercial center.

Events

The Haight-Ashbury street fair on Haight street on the second Sunday in June every year.

Activities

  • Street Corner of Haight and Ashbury
  • Buena Vista Park
  • The Grateful Dead House
  • Flower Power Walking Tour
  • Red Vic Movie House

The Haight History

During World War II Northern California became a site for many conscientious objectors to the war. San Francisco was known as a sub-cultural capital and many intellectuals flocked to the area. This migration continued in the 1950s, bringing in artists and poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. This influx continued in the 1960s, reaching its peak in 1967 during the “Summer of Love.” That one summer over 100,000 people, mainly students, converged on the neighborhood, eager to involve themselves in psychedelic drugs and an alternative “free” lifestyle.

Unique Boutiques and Shops

There is no shortage of unique and fantastic shops in the area. Some of the best places to shop are 683 Haight St. for tribal artwork, Swankety Swank for avant-garde fashion, and Amoeba Music for classic and modern records.

FAQs

Q1: Where can I park to visit the area?

A1: There is very limited parking in the Haight-Ashbury district. Street parking is difficult to find but there is a large garage a few blocks from the famous street corner at 350 Parnassus Street.

Q2: What are the hours of operation at Haight-Ashbury?

A2: The shopping hours differ depending on the store, but most are open from 10 am to 9 pm. If you are an early riser, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants open at 7 am. If you care to explore the nightlife, there are clubs and bars open until the early hours of the morning.

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