Welcome to Bernal Heights.
Located in southeastern San Francisco, just south of the Mission District, Bernal Heights has always been a family friendly, residential neighborhood.
Bernal Heights is the quiet kid that usually sits in the back of the class, unassuming and typically keeps to themselves.
But recently, this San Francisco neighborhood has been surging in popularity. In fact, the North Slope area in Bernal Heights was named as 2014’s hottest neighborhood by Redfin.
In a city that is taunted with sky-high real estate prices, Bernal Heights offers relatively affordable homes for the many artists and tech workers.
However, in just a few short years after earning itself the top spot in the list of hottest San Francisco neighborhoods, many San Franciscans are flocking to this hot neighborhood. It’s become so popular that it drove the median sale price of a single family home up 75% from five years ago.
What to do while in Bernal Heights?
Let’s take a quick tour through Bernal Heights. We’ll go through all the popular spots to eat, hang out, and shop, and by the end of this article, you’ll be a local expert on this neighborhood affectionately nicknamed “Maternal Heights”.
Here’s what you can find in this neighborhood gem:
Start your morning right
CoffeeShop, which is located on Mission Street, has a stellar five star rating on Yelp. It is described by customers as a friendly neighborhood spot that serves coffee at affordable prices. They are also open really early, so that you can get your caffeine fix bright and early to jump start your day. Then, zip down Mission Street to Cafe St. Jorge for some delicious toast options, like avocado or cinnamon sugar. Craving something a little more substantial? New Alternatives Cafe on Guerrero Street serves all day breakfast - and more.
Come for the fresh air and stay awhile
Bernal Hill is a true sight to behold. On a clear, sunny day, take the time to walk up to the top of Folsom Street for a breathtaking view of the entire city. Bring your dog, your family, or go alone to take it all in.
There are also a few parks nearby where you can enjoy a good book and good company, such as Precita Park nearby Bernal Hill, or Holly Park, which has a state of the art playground for the kids to run around in. Perfect way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air.
Have your credit card handy
It’s off to the shops at the main business district on Cortland Avenue. If you’re obsessed with all things DIY, stationery, and home decor, fall in love with Heartfelt. Heartfelt has been serving the neighborhood for over 30 years with their unique merchandise.
If you’re looking for your next great find, look no further than the Alameda Flea Market, which is open on Sundays. Have your walking shoes on and your credit card ready, as you’ll be greeted with plenty of unique and affordable finds.
What’s for dinner?
There are plenty of popular restaurants for dinner in Bernal Heights. If you’re up for a casual night out, it’s rumoured that The Front Porch serves a mean fried chicken that will send your tastebuds straight to New Orleans, with all the sides and trimmings to go along with it. If it’s a fancier kind of night, check out the Hillside Supper Club. They serve dishes that are appealing to both the eyes and your palette made with fresh and local ingredients. Don’t forget to pair your dinner with a glass of wine!
So, enjoy Bernal Heights!
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Rachel Wong is the Digital Content Co-op student at RESAAS. She loves coffee and beer, writing and talking, and has been the same height for pretty much ever. Check out her RESAAS profile ›