NoPa - North of Panhandle

A hip, walkable, and bustling urban oasis in San Francisco

Welcome to NoPa

NoPa, or North of Panhandle, is a hip and energetic neighborhood situated in the heart of San Francisco. With its central location, residents enjoy easy access to various parts of the city, including Golden Gate Park, the Haight, the Castro, Noe Valley, Alamo Square, Hayes Valley, downtown, and Pacific Heights. The neighborhood has a lively atmosphere, a diverse community, and stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The relatively flat terrain and numerous parks, such as the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park, make NoPa ideal for walking, running, biking, and exploring with pets.

NoPa's history is intertwined with the development of San Francisco and the Western Addition neighborhood. As the city expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the area became an attractive destination for new residents, leading to the construction of many beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes. Today, these historic buildings lend a unique charm and character to the neighborhood. Its location north of the Panhandle – the narrow eastern strip of Golden Gate Park – gives the community a fitting name and identity.

What to Love

  • A hip and walkable urban setting with easy access to the rest of the city
  • An exciting array of dining and shopping options
  • An outdoor-focused area in proximity to parks and outdoor activities
  • Convenient transportation options
  • Beautiful historic architecture all around

Local Lifestyle

NoPa delivers a lively, urban lifestyle, seamlessly blending history with modern amenities. Residents relish the neighborhood's walkability and convenient access to an array of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and services. The area is also served by major transit corridors, such as Divisadero, Geary, Fell St., and Oak St., making it easy to navigate the city. With its rich history and beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture, NoPa provides a unique and charming backdrop for daily life.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

NoPa is renowned for its diverse array of sophisticated restaurants, elegant bars, and upscale shops. Among the distinguished establishments, one can find Nopa, an exquisite eatery exuding rustic charm and serving delectable urban-rustic cuisine crafted from organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Che Fico is a luxurious Italian destination featuring imaginative dishes, wood-fired pizza, and an extraordinary wine list. 

Bar Crudo, a chic seafood bar, tempts patrons with fresh, raw seafood delicacies and innovative small plates. For an Italian bistro experience, Ragazza captivates with its delightful ambiance and gourmet Neapolitan-style pizzas and house-made pasta. Souvla, a contemporary venue, reimagines traditional Greek dishes with a modern flair.

The Divisadero St corridor is the neighborhood's vibrant "Main Street," showcasing unique boutiques, refined eateries, and elite entertainment options. This bustling thoroughfare attracts discerning locals and visitors seeking the perfect setting for indulgent weekend brunches, lavish evenings out, or leisurely strolls through the vibrant area.

Things to Do

NoPa boasts an array of events and attractions. Panhandle Park, a verdant oasis, serves as an elegant gateway to the sprawling Golden Gate Park, delivering a wealth of outdoor activities and leisurely pursuits. The nearby Alamo Square Park, adorned with the iconic Painted Ladies, provides a breathtaking and serene setting for relaxation.

The Independent, a distinguished live music venue, combines an eclectic mix of renowned artists and performers. The Divisadero Farmers’ Market presents a refined experience featuring fresh produce, artisanal goods, and opportunities to connect with local purveyors in a sophisticated atmosphere.

The community knows no shortage of fun events, like the annual NOPNA’s Halloween Extravaganza; this is a spooky block party you don’t want to miss. In addition, NoPa's prime location affords residents easy access to the annual Bay to Breakers foot race, a prestigious 12K fun run traversing the enchanting streets of San Francisco. Golden Gate Park and the Panhandle present a myriad of opportunities for invigorating walks, leisurely runs, scenic biking routes, and delightful dog-walking experiences. Furthermore, the neighborhood's proximity to Alamo Square Park and other lush green spaces amplifies its allure to those who appreciate the finer aspects of outdoor living. 
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