Cheap hotels in Hayes Valley, San Francisco
Haute-Hayes Valley only became San Francisco’s latest mecca for fashion, food and funky art within the past couple decades. Given its location east of Civic Center, the area was historically an extension of the Tenderloin, its streets dominated by drug dealers and “ladies of the night.” But after destruction caused by the 1989 earthquake, Hayes Valley began its transition from seedy to chic.
Today the ‘hood is a testament to a friendly sort of gentrification: It may sport a new luster, but it still has a nonexclusive feel. Pricey boutiques and quirky art galleries keep easy company with laid-back eateries and even a dive bar or two. Fillmore Street, which divides the ‘hood from the free-spirited Haight, is host to a variety of events, from weekly farmers’ markets to the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and Western Addition, the area to the north, is arguably the city’s most economically and ethnically diverse district.