Old Street Becomes a New Magnet for a Young Crowd


160 years ago the street formed the western boundary of the City. More recently, the neighborhood was home to working people, and somewhat forgotten. But today, according to a just published SFGate.com feature, Divisadero Street between Geary Boulevard south to Haight Street is a magnet for a young, upscale crowd.

Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte says, “There are traditional corner grocery stores and, at Fell, the Bi-Rite Market, a grocery purveyor to the tech boom, where everything is sustainable, gluten-free and pricey. Auto repair shops are just up the street from the Mojo Bicycle Cafe, which offers coffee, beer and bike repairs, or the Vinyl Coffee and Wine Bar at Oak and Divisadero, where 14 of the 20 customers the other evening were tapping away on laptops.”

Alva Capia scouted San Francisco for a year to find what he considered the perfect spot for the City’s first kava bar. He says it wasn’t the Mission, Valencia Street, or Polk Street. Instead, he landed on Divisadero, which he described as “the San Franciscan’s street.”

To see Divisadero at its best, you have to go there at night, when you’ll find the bars and restaurants packed, the sidewalks full of people, and lines out the door at the Madrone Art Bar on weekend evenings.


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