Welcome to Noe Valley
Noe Valley is a neighborhood of San Francisco, California, located in the central portion of the city. Noe Valley sits amongst hills, giving it a sense of intimacy apart from the larger city. The area is well-known as a more settled down neighborhood, with fewer nightlife opportunities than most other suburbs of San Francisco.
Noe Valley is named after José de Jesús Noé, a Californio and ranchero that owned most of the land in the area. The land was sold in 1854 but was not developed until the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The neighborhood features many Victorian and Edwardian-style homes and is known for having one of the highest concentrations of row houses in San Francisco.
What to Love
- Popular and hip neighborhood
- Walkable and very accessible
- Great atmosphere for families
- Great sense of community
Noe Valley is a heavily family-focused neighborhood. Having the nickname “Stroller Valley” from the large number of strollers walking the sidewalks, young couples love the area for its quiet atmosphere and sense of community. Lying in a valley, the neighborhood is protected from the famous San Francisco fog, leading to sunnier and warmer days than surrounding areas. Noe Valley is also very accessible, making it perfect for young professionals and those who like to easily get to their destinations around the town.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are plenty of great restaurants and shopping destinations in Noe Valley. The two best streets to enjoy a day out on the town are 24th Street and Church Street, which have several shops and restaurants lining the street. The following are some of the best options in Noe Valley for dining and shopping.
When checking out restaurants in the area, one popular option is NOVY Restaurant. This Greek restaurant serves creative Mediterranean-influenced fare inside a cozy setting. Fresca is a unique, casual restaurant serving new takes on classic Peruvian dishes alongside wines and cocktails. Another popular place to dine is Saru Sushi Bar, a local favorite stop for sake and sushi with carefully sourced fish.
When looking for great places to shop, there are also many options for a wide range of needs. One great shop in the area is Ambiance SF Women's Clothing Store, a women’s boutique offering great designer fashion and accessories. Wink San Francisco is an excellent place to find gifts ranging from accessories to toys and home decor. Another fun place to go is Just For Fun & Scribbledoodles / Artsake. This cute shop is your one-stop-shop for most things art, gifts, and greeting cards.
Things to Do
Noe Valley also has several opportunities for activity. Whether you want to spend a day out at the park or exploring an event, there will be something for everyone.
If you prefer to spend time outdoors, check out the Noe Valley Courts, a family-oriented park with tennis and basketball courts, as well as a children’s playground perfect for a family outing. Upper Noe Recreation Center is also a well-loved park with facilities ranging from sports fields to a gymnasium.
One of the best events in the area is the Noe Valley Farmers Market, which features many local vendors for produce, food, and music. Also hosted in the Noe Valley Town Square are weekly classes, including pilates, yoga, and tai chi.
Served by the San Francisco Unified School District, Noe Valley has many excellent schools in the area. There are several options, including both public and private schools.