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Cacti at Succulence.
Cacti at Succulence.
NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Bernal Heights

Cacti at Succulence.
Cacti at Succulence.
  • By Sarah Feldberg
  • Photos by Justin Kaneps
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This hilltop neighborhood was the site of a brief and disappointing gold rush in the late 1800s, when a local man discovered a bit of ore reportedly planted by con artists hoping to raise real estate prices. The mineral boom’s failure was Bernal Heights’ blessing. Today it is a village high above the city with a bustling brewery, restaurants and destination-worthy views.

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Sarah has lived in San Francisco since 2015. She’s a Boston native who crossed the river for college and spent seven years in Las Vegas before finally heading west. She loves the sourdough and misses the bagels.

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Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights Park
In a town full of spectacular vistas, this off-leash dog park delivers some of the best. Take in the 360-degree San Francisco panorama, hop on the tree swing, stroll the park’s trails and keep an eye out for the Bernal coyote, beloved mascot of the neighborhood.
Bernal Heights Boulevard. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
Barebottle Brewing Company
Three home-brewing friends created a beer-lover’s haven in a Bernal warehouse, where you can grab a picnic table with friends; kids and dogs are welcome; and there’s always a hazy IPA on tap.
Barebottle Brewing Company, 1525 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
Succulence
One part nursery, one part workshop, this horticulture shop boasts a backyard full of cactuses and a DIY planting bar stocked with all the tools you’d need to assemble a stylish pot, vertical garden or terrarium — or just pick up some new skills while you’re in town.
Succulence, 402 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
Nute’s
At this petite noodle bar, chefs serve steaming bowls of spicy miso ramen and khao soi gai made with egg noodles in a coconut-based curry broth.
Nute’s, 903 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
The Epicurean Trader
Like a candy shop for adults, the walls of the Epicurean Trader are lined with grown-up delights. Think booze from indie distillers, locally roasted coffee, California wine and chocolates streaked with salted caramel or studded with chiles.
The Epicurean Trader, 401 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
3rd Cousin
Chef Greg Lutes takes the neighborhood restaurant up a notch, transforming California ingredients into dishes that travel all over the culinary map. You’ll find a la carte items like uni creme brulee or chestnut pappardelle.
3rd Cousin, 919 Cortland Ave. San Francisco, Calif. 94110
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Sarah Feldberg
Sarah has lived in San Francisco since 2015. She’s a Boston native who crossed the river for college and spent seven years in Las Vegas before finally heading west. She loves the sourdough and misses the bagels.
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Justin Kaneps
Justin is a contributing photographer for The Washington Post. An East Coast native, Justin has been based in San Francisco for the past seven years. When he’s not on a shoot, you can find him eating pasta and drinking negronis in North Beach at Tosca Cafe.
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