"West Portal ----- Where Old S. F. Meets New Trends" SF Streets Tip by SteveOSF

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  West Portal Avenue at Vicente Street
by SteveOSF

West Portal Avenue is an old style commercial shopping area. It retains much of the feel and charm of a vintage 40's, 50's or 60's neighborhood shopping and commercial center, while welcoming several new era shops and restaurants.

Specialty shops offer much of what you may want from music, books, flowers, electronics, antiques, baked goods, hardware, toys, and candy. Two large drug store chains share the commercial environment with local markets like the Eazy Freezy. Coffee house are abundant. An old style movie theater (long ago converted to three screens) offers first run and art films.

This is a great place to eat. Many good restaurants line the streets here. They range from the casual Manor Coffee Shop, to the mid range El Toreador Mexican Restaurant, to the slightly higher end fare of Roti Indian Bistro. A short stroll down the street should reveal an eatery to satisfy any palate.

The street is served by the L, M, and K street car lines. The name "West Portal" derives from the fact that it is the western portal for the underground light rail cars that go underneath Market Street downtown. If you take the L to the Zoo, you could hop off at West Portal for dinner before heading back to your hotel. Before BART was constructed and the light rail placed underground in downtown, the tunnel was long in service connecting the surface rail between downtown and the western neighborhoods.

This area is located on West Portal Avenue between Ulloa Street and 15th Avenue.

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  • Updated May 29, 2007
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