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A Day in Hayes Valley with Camp Comfort

  • Our friend Roberta Jane Petersen of Camp Comfort shared her itinerary for a day in Hayes Valley, one of our favorite San Francisco neighborhoods (and home to one of our shops).

    I frequently find myself meeting friends or taking out-of-towners to Hayes Valley. It’s pretty centrally located and easy to get to, and the neighborhood offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, coffee spots, bars, and outdoor spaces. For visitors, it’s a nice alternative shopping destination from Union Square.

    On  a recent Friday, I met my friend Nina, who was visiting from Portland, for a day of eating, shopping, and catching up. Our first stop in the morning was the Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, a garage space tucked into an alley. I especially love the iced New Orleans-style coffee with its chicory flavor. While there isn’t seating at the kiosk, there is a small parklet conveniently located across the alley. As it was a beautiful day, we sat on the bench and played catch up while soaking in some San Francisco sun.

    Blue Bottle Kiosk

    Of course, every time I’m in Hayes Valley I make a stop at the Steven Alan store. This location has a great selection of staples, from Clare Vivier bags to No.6 clogs to Edith A. Miller‘s stripey knits. They also stock one of my favorite fragrance lines, Juniper Ridge — I love their campfire incense!

    Our shop at 445 Hayes St.

    For lunch we headed to Boxing Room, a modern Southern restaurant. They have a small lunch menu packed with fresh takes on southern classics. We ordered the shrimp po boy and the aged white cheddar tuna melt, both of which were excellent. And what’s a girl’s day without a glass of cava, right?


    Afterwards, we strolled in and out of the shops along Hayes Street. One of my other favorite stops is Reliquary, located off Hayes on Octavia. The store carries small designers with a mix of vintage finds and folk art pieces.

    A Hayes Valley local

    After a long day of walking, talking, eating, and shopping we were happy to finish the day at Biergarten. As you can probably guess, Biergarten is an outdoor German beer garden with several German beers on tap, German pub snacks, and a great, large patio area filled with communal-style picnic tables. We basked in the afternoon sun and ended our day with a cold beer.

    My Clare Vivier bag and our beers

    Many thanks to Roberta for sharing her neighborhood guide and photos! You can find out more about her in our Q&A.

    This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 2:43 pm and is filed under Food, In the Neighborhood. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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