Bernal Heights, San Francisco After 5:00 pm

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San Francisco is a walker’s city. With all the hills you may think otherwise, but this city is best explored on foot, especially the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Bernal Heights is a funky little community filled with artists and musicians. The streets are narrow and public staircases are abundant. Each staircase is a little different- some are old, rickety wood stairs, some are lined with manicured native plant gardens, and one even has a set of long, metal slides that stretch over 40 feet long! All of the stairs lead to one place: Bernal Hill.

Hike to the top of Bernal Hill, take in the 360 degree views and watch as the fog slowly rolls in and blankets San Francisco.


How to Get to Bernal Heights in San Francisco

Most people fly into either the San Francisco International Airport or the Oakland Airport. Then take the Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) into San Francisco.

Parking is notoriously difficult in San Francisco. Leave the car at home and take an Uber or Lyft, or use public transportation.


Where to Eat in Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Zante Pizza and Indian Food // Pizza and Indian food might sound like a strange combination, but Zante’s Indian Pizzas are out of this world. Zante’s takes your favorite Indian dishes (like Chicken Tikka Masala) and puts it on a pizza.

Barebottle Brewing Company // This kid and dog-friendly brewery is located in a large warehouse on Bernal Heights main drag, Cortland Avenue. While the brewery itself doesn’t serve food there is always a gourmet food truck parked out front ready to serve up some delicious eats.

Black Jet Baking Company // From pop tarts to oreos, this small bakery whips up old-school sweets with a San Francisco flair.

Hillside Supper Club // Located in a Victorian building on the edge of Precita Park, the chefs at the Hillside Supper Club slowly prepare each hearty dish. The seasonal menu changes frequently and all ingredients are sourced locally.

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack // Old-school Italian food served with a bit of punk-rock style. Don’t skip the signature dish: a large plate of spaghetti with massive meatballs.


What to Do in Bernal Heights, San Francisco

Check out the slides // Slide down the long metal slides at the Esmeralda Street Park.

Enjoy the music // Check out the bluegrass jam sessions at the Lucky Horseshoe Bar.

Go shopping // Stroll down Cortland Ave and check out all of the small indie boutiques.

Grab a drink // Get a drink with your coworkers at the Royal Cuckoo.

If you stay the weekend // Search for one-of-a-kind treasures at the Alemany Flea Market on Sundays, or score some fresh and local food at the Alemany Farmers Market on Saturdays.


Guide and Photos by Katie Cook | Trees and Tents| Instagram


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#SanFrancisco is a walker\'s city. With all the hills you may think otherwise, but this city is best explored on foot, especially the Bernal Heights neighborhood. #BernalHeights is a funky little community filled with artists and musicians. The streets are narrow and public staircases are abundant. All of the stairs lead to one place: Bernal Hill.

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