Bernal Heights is a neighborhood on San Francisco’s central-eastÂ side that has a huge fan club of residents and admirers. Photos like the one below give you some idea of why. Here are a few parts of Bernal Heights that I love.
1. Alemany Farmer’s Market – the first farmer’s market in California, it opened in 1943. It has a reputation for being much more laid back and affordable than the Ferry building farmer’s market. If you want to be seen fondling organic-sustainable-local arugula, head to the ferry building on Saturday. If you just want great ingredients without the attitude, you can’t do better than here. Open Saturday’s, 7:00am – 2:30pm at 100 Alemany on the backside of Bernal Heights.
2. Bernal Heights Park – Located at the top of Bernal hill, it is approximately 35 acres of open space, with dogs welcomed off-leash. Not a dog fan? Then come for the great views and neighborhood gossip. Coyotes surface from time to time, so use appropriate common sense.
3. Little Nepal – A great Nepalese restaurant along Cortland street. Go eat there. You’ll be glad that you did.Â What more can I say?
4. Sandbox Bakery – Located along Cortland street, not too far from Little Nepal, I can highly recommend their Triple Ginger Snap cookies. They have a variety of pastries, all of which look delicious. They close early at 3pm, so be sure to get their early so you can get your awesome cookies. Just try not to buy them all before I get there!
5. The Views – Depending on where you are in Bernal Heights, you can end up with wonderful views towards Twin Peaks, Downtown San Francisco, or the San Francisco Bay. Homes on the North Slope are most likely to have downtown views, while homes on the west side may have great views towards Twin Peaks. Houses on the far east side of the hill, if they are high enough up, sometimes offer great water vistas.