Insider's Guide: 24 Hours In Noe Valley
Yes, you can spend 24 hours in Noe Valley—it's very possible. Here is a quick outline of some of our favorite spots to shop, eat, and experience to our heart's content. Have fun and be safe, gang.
// Feature photography courtesy of Douglas Cafe
A SF mainstay, the Philz Coffee located in the heart of Noe Valley homes the families in the area and (the nicest) baristas we've ever met. Boasting comfortable seating and a cave-like dwelling, getting work done in this cove will be no problem to say the least. Be aware however: kids, a lot of them. Tread lightly and get sound cancelling headphones. // 4298 24th St, Noe Valley, philzcoffee.com
A little cottage style shop homing the cutest wares made locally and beyond—this Rare Device store (between Divisadero and Noe) houses an incredible amount of knick-knacks + children’s toys. Seeing how this area is incredibly family-friendly, we wouldn’t see why not. // 4071 24th St, Noe Valley, raredevice.net
Omnivore Books On Food
Calling all foodies—This book store is your found calling. Omnivore Books on Food not only features titles about growing, raising and cooking food, but celebrates how artful the culinary world is. Features vintage, signed and new books. And check out their event page—Omnivore regularly hosts events with authors and chefs. Prepare to leave with an appetite to cook! // 3885 Cesar Chavez Street, Noe Valley, omnivorebooks.com
From being Panos' for a total of 20 years—flash-forward 17 years, the Gianaras family have reclaimed the space, with daughters Kristen and Kathryn running the show. NOVY offers a casual and affordable menu of California cuisine that is fresh, local and organic whenever possible. The Benedict menu runs down to the floor offering multiple options when it comes to stuffing, trimmings, and dietary restrictions. // 4000 24th St, Noe Valley, novysf.com
What opened fairly recently has become a neighborhood treasure—Douglas Cafe is satiating morning rituals and friends who gather like no other. The space homes a carefully curated assortment of to-go items, a beautiful wine list, and meals to be shared with those you love. Go in and say hello to their friendly staff also, it’s a great way to start your week. // 1598 Sanchez St, Noe Valley; douglassf.com.
Portuguese meals are meant to be shared—and Uma Casa on Church feeds those who come for a meal worth its weight in saffron. Not-so-fun fact: Until the end of last year, SF didn’t have a Portuguese restaurant. (Sad.) We're totally excited to be dining with one-of-a-kind dishes while drinking plenty of Portuguese wine and beer — operating partner and beverage director Nora Furst has prepared the menu to pair very beautifully with the dishes. // 1550 Church St, Noe Valley, umacasarestaurant.com
Upper Douglass Dog Play Area
Of course, we couldn't forget about our furry friends too. This park is expansive, out of the way, and made for dog lovers alike to bond over their best companions. Plus with a gorgeous view of downtown, this is a perfect date spot with you and your pooch. // 800-898 27th St, Noe Valley, sfrecpark.org
Spin City Coffee and Launderette
Noe, we hear you. No one is looking to walk a variety of hills to make sure your whites are white, we hear you. Luckily for you, you have the presence of both a launderette and cafe in your midst. Spin City launched their Kickstarter to get the space looking ship shape and successfully secured funding for the space we see now. Fun fact: they were the first cafe to serve Blue Bottle roast in Noe Valley—go impress your friends. // 1299 Sanchez St; Noe Valley
Looking to start your cooking persona? Crimson Kitchen is your ticket in. The classes at Crimson Kitchen cater to cooks of every level. They appeal to novice cooks but also offer a lot of information, history and techniques to cooks with experience. They take place in a private home, putting you at ease, to be in the comfort of an everyday kitchen. They are certainly a lot of fun, very interactive, and at the end the entire group sits down to a delicious meal. A win-win for all. // 41 Newburg St, Noe Valley, crimsonkitchen.com