We next drove through Castro & Market Place to arrive at Haight Ashbury another prominent district in SF.The Haight Ashbury's elaborately detailed 19th-century multi-story wooden houses became a haven for hippies during the 1960s, due to the availability of cheap rooms and vacant properties for housing in the district. The subculture that subsequently flourished there took root, and to a great extent, has remained to this day.The Haight-Ashbury is named after the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street, commonly known as The Haight.The Haight still evokes images of the long-gone '60s hippie culture. Fragments of that flower-power, incense-burning, acid-dropping, tie-dye-wearing, peace-and-love-vibing era can be purchased at smoke shops and Eastern-influenced outlets bearing names like Dreams of Kathmandu, Pipe Dreams and The Love of Ganesha. But save for a few hippie relics, the Haight today is a whole new scene. Exclusive boutiques, high-end vintage-clothing shops, second-hand stores, Internet cafés and hip restaurants have all settled in, making the Haight one of San Francisco's commercial centres.
Squat 'N' Gobble: Warm and homey, this café serves excellent coffee drinks and satisfying food. Their huge omelletes and sandwiches are filled amply, and nearly everything on the menu comes with a heap of home potatoes. You'll always leave this joint fully gratified. We certainly did.