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"Haight-Ashbury" Haight District Tip by sarahandgareth

Haight District, San Francisco: 57 reviews and 100 photos

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by sarahandgareth

The Haight, as many people call it, was the epicenter of hippie culture in the Summer of Love and thereafter. Everyone who was anyone passed through here - or sometimes stayed several years. Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane all lived here - as did Marshall McLuhan, on a more intellectual level.

The Haight still attracts it share of hippies, but in truth most of them are hangers-on or wannabes these days, trying to recapture some of the moondust of the late 1960s, and usually failing.

There are plenty of odd-looking characters hanging around the streets and the nearby sections of Golden Gate park (many cafes and restaurants have signs making clear that people who aren't spending aren't generally welcome). Although it's a bit of a time warp, there are still lots of funky stores around here, offering the latest in wild costumes, or the funkiest in European shoes, and there's a steady stream of shoppers, many from out of town. There's also no shortage of places to stop in, have a coffee, and contemplate the world before you venture into the park to be offered 'nice buds, man' by the various characters who wander its paths.

Address: Haight Street from Stanyan to Lyons
Directions: Begins at Gough near Market St., ends at Stanyan St..
Phone: +1 415-391-2000

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 16, 2003
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