A Modern Guide to Bernal Heights

10 Aug

A Modern Guide to Bernal Heights


 Photography by Ana Kamin.

Few San Francisco neighborhoods have a small village vibe quite like Bernal Heights does. This little ‘hood on the hill is known for its quite and quaint character, spectacular views, lush farmers markets, vibrant homes, friendly people, and an unfair amount of sun. Here’s your guide to it.



Conquer the Bernal Heights Peak 

A climb to the top of Bernal Heights Summit reveals sweeping views of San Francisco’s Mission, downtown, and Noe Valley. On a clear day you can even see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands. Great for dog owner or anyone who wants to kept their fitness tracker busy. Map


Bernal Height Public Library Mural 

While strolling Cortland Avenue, Bernal Height’s main drag, don’t forget to stop in front of the pubic library to the beautiful mural representing the colorful vibe of San Francisco.  Map


Alemany Farmers Market

Each Saturday, this down-to-earth farmers market offers local produce and products at some of the best prices in the city. (Locals know that this place beats the Ferry Building by a mile.) Bonus: too remote to attract tourists.

Open every Saturday, rain or shine, 6am – 2.30pm, Alemany Boulevard | Map




We are sure this is the cutest succulent shop our city has to offer. Dive in into the world of terrariums, coloured moss, pebbles, books, cacti, decor and everything you need to build a Pinterest-worthy succulent garden. Don’t miss the charming garden in the back, too. 402 Cortland



Do we need to say anything about a shop that’s been around for over 30 years? This Bernal Heights institution has everything your gift- and decor-loving heart desires. From colorful socks to cookbooks to dishware to DIY supplies, Heartfelt has it all. 436 Cortland


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Alemany Flea Market 

It might be a bit smaller than its big brother across the bay, Alameda Flea Market, but it’s also a way more affordable and more walkable. Here you will find vintage clothes, baseball cards, ’50s china, ’30s movie posters, and all sorts of unexpected vintage treasures. Sharpen your bargaining skills and come early as possible. Open: Sunday, 7am – 3pm, 100 Alemany Blvd


The New Wheel Electric Bikes

At last, electric bikes have found their way into the world of stylishness. And the New Wheel Electric Bikes Shop is doing a great job in customising and creating unique bikes for every need. 420 Cortland 


Chamalyn Tea & Honey

Go tea and honey tasting in this bright and airy tea house. Chamalyn offers a diverse assortment on teas, speciality ingredients, and honey. Customers are welcome to enjoy samples before buying different blends. 317 Cortland



Bernal Star

This neighborhood darling is ideal for brunch or burgers on the outdoor patio space tucked away in the backyard. Check out their events calendar for movie nights. 410 Cortland


Sandbox Bakery

Owned by the former pastry chef of Slanted Door, Sandbox Bakery offers some choice pastries. We cannot decide which one we love most; they’re all so good. 833 Cortland 


Little Nepal 

Delightful food and friendly service is what makes this place so special, so welcoming. If you like Indian food, this Nepalese gem will be a nice change of pace. We cannot get enough of their lentil soup and Kukhurako Ledo, a luscious chicken dish with creamy tomato sauce. 925 Cortland


Red Hill Station 

Opened by longtime residents of Bernal Heights, Red Hill Station is the newest addition to the neighborhood’s food scene. Focusing more on seafood ingredients, Red Hill’s menu is still an homage to California’s local cuisine. This might soon become a San Francisco staple. Get on it now. 803 Cortland


Little Bee Baking 

The name itself sounds delicious, yes? Little Bee Baking makes cakes, pies, and pastries to spoil your dinner. And for the lazy baker in your life, they also offer already pre-made dough. Delightful. 521 Cortland


Progressive Grounds Coffee House

This is your old-school coffee shop. No fancy subway tiles or concrete counter tops, just good coffee, salads, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and a choice working space with wi-fi. For more serenity, check out their backyard. 400 Cortland


Pinhole Coffee

The new coffee kid on the block, Pinhole Coffee is already insta-famous with its colorful striped walls and stunning murals. Serving Linea Coffee and baked good by local bakeries like Marla’s Bakery an Little Bee, Pinhole Coffee is rapidly becoming the new gathering spot.  231 Cortland

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