San Francisco's hippest upscale shopping district used to be one of its seediest.
In the early 90s, the Hayes Valley neighborhood was a place to avoid, home to drug dealers and prostitutes. Now, savvy residents come here for trendy boutiques and restaurants, and the biggest risk might be maxing out your credit card.
It's easy to spend an afternoon exploring this friendly community of tree-lined streets and a smattering of Victorian buildings just west of the city's Civic Center neighborhood. Casual eateries and design-minded stores are plentiful, and there's no need to get an early start -- most of the businesses don't open until 11 a.m. Many establishments are closed on Mondays. Read full article »