San Francisco

Each week this summer we will be highlighting a different San Francisco neighborhood based on those that know them best — our Loews Regency San Francisco team.  

This week Loews Regency San Francisco concierge Brian Miller provides his personal favorite neighborhood spots in Hayes Valley.

Brian Miller

Brian, how long have you lived in San Francisco?

29 years

What is your favorite neighborhood in the city?

Hayes Valley.  It is a central hub of transportation allowing convenient access in any direction you’re heading within the city. The neighborhood has grown to be an exciting mix of classic San Francisco architecture and modern design. The merchant district provides an array of eclectic, cool retailers with everything from unique urban clothing and interior design to local coffee roasters at Blue Bottle, a biergarten, a sake shop (True Sake) and a great wine selection —  as well as tastings and events — at Arlequin.

Hayes Valley is adjacent to the Civic Center and a pleasant walk to Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Opera House (also home to the San Francisco Ballet), the War Memorial Theatre and the SF Jazz Center.

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Many of San Francisco’s most desirable restaurants are in Hayes Valley, with a varied selection of cuisines including California-local at Rich Table, Contemporary French at Monsieur Benjamin and Southern/Cajun/Creole at the Boxing Room. Stop for breakfast at The Grove, pick up some chocolates at Christopher Elbow or dessert at Miette. You will not go hungry in this part of town.

Hayes Valley is only one of the many diverse San Francisco neighborhoods that can provide our guests the opportunity for a more personal and local San Francisco experience.  A true treasure.

Within Hayes Valley, what’s your… 

… favorite thing to do?

Enjoy a live performance. And eat.

… favorite place to go?

Patricia’s Green is a two-block green space central to the merchant district. At any time of day, you will find an assortment of people and families, many with their dogs, enjoying local coffee, baked goods and great finds from pop-up food trucks. A great place to stop and refresh or to enjoy the morning paper.

… favorite bite to eat?

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar for a post-performance burger in the bar.

Absinthe is a Parisian brasserie serving French-Mediterranean cuisine. The dining room menu offers traditional fare including cheese selections, appetizers, interesting snacks and Absinthe classics like soft garlic pretzels and French onion soup.  The bar menu is directed toward bistro fare with some surprises like parmesan-garlic popcorn and baked mac ‘n cheese. Choose the lively bar (or sidewalk seating, weather permitting) or more gracious seating in the dining room. This is also a great option for Sunday brunch — a San Francisco tradition.

Brian, thank you for the great insight and recommendations for Hayes Valley!