Western Addition/NOPA

Western Addition/NOPA’s reputation for attracting riffraff adds to the mystique of its Jazz inspired roots.

Having survived San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and ensuing fires, Western Addition/NOPA's Victorian homes are some of the oldest in the city. Its historic ties extend beyond its architecture—this conveniently located neighborhood was once the epicenter of the city’s jazz scene. Western Addition/NOPA still boasts choice bars and clubs that recall its musical roots, but for the most part it’s a casually cool neighborhood with a reputation for being slightly rough around the edges.

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On the Map

Western Addition/NOPA is bordered by Japantown, Civic Center, Alamo Square, Tenderloin, Lower Haight, Downtown, Cole Valley, Hayes Valley, Nob Hill, Haight-Ashbury, Presidio Heights, and Pacific Heights

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 65 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 32 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 32 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 27 minutes by public transit

An Ever-Evolving Neighborhood With a Heart of Gold

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Steadfast small businesses share Western Addition/NOPA's quiet corners with culinary entrepreneurs and pop-up restaurants.

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Already popular with the locals, State Bird Provisions is a newcomer to the neighborhood.

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Miyako is a Western Addition/NOPA veteran.

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Many businesses are beginning to blur the distinction between day and night.

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The Social Study is an internet cafe by day and a lounge come nighttime.

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The Western Addition/NOPA's Persistent Spunk

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The Western Addition/NOPA is beloved for its musical roots and cool attitudes.

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It's an eclectic mix of young and old, new and traditional, families and artists, five-speeds and fixed gears.

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It's the blend that makes the neighborhood.

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Housing projects and Victorian residences casually commingle along the neighborhood's residential streets.

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Peace on top.

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This neighborhood is called NOPA, which stands for North of Panhandle Park. The Panhandle Park feeds right into Golden Gate Park...NOPA is quickly becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in San Francisco and it features a major development project called the Divisidero corridor, which has attracted many of the new and highly reviewed restaurants, bars, grocery stores, shops and boutiques."

The Neighborhood's Niche of Independent Businesses

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Bars and restaurants that garner rave reviews continue to move into Western Addition/NOPA.

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Their simple aesthetics and incredible inventories invite visitors to take a second glance.

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The neighborhood's businesses get involved with their community.

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Madrone Bar frequently hosts art shows.

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Mojo Bicycle Cafe fixes your bike while you sip a frothy latte.

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And still, the neighborhood celebrates its musical roots.

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Most of the time we were out and about and able to walk to our favorite restaurants, the Herbst Theater for a concert, Alamo Square..."

Ann

Visited in 2013

The Panhandle: Western Addition/NOPA's Neighborhood Park

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The Panhandle provides a stretch of green relief between two major roadways, Fell and Oak streets.

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Western Addition/NOPA's Inspired Spaces

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption's inventive shape serves as a distinct landmark in Western Addition/NOPA.

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It's nice here.

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We think we'll stay awhile.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.

Michael Blumenfeld

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