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North Panhandle (NoPa)

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North Panhandle (NoPa) is a very diverse neighborhood situated at the center of the city. The district is flanked by Masonic Avenue westwards and Stanyan Street to the east. The neighborhood is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity as newcomers come across a community where culture comes together in this urban mixing bowl.

The neighborhood can be rewarding for people and entrepreneurs with big dreams and little budget ready to gamble on art galleries, coffee shops, new retail establishments and restaurants. The diversity in NoPa is more prominent in sections where tattoo and day-care centers abound beside old-school barbershops, while tiny urban parklets provide plants and café seating.

The cafes that most effectively illustrates the diverse, industrious, can-do spirit of the community includes Bean Bag Café – which sells coffee, crepes and salads; and Mojo Bicycle Café – a handmade drip coffee seller in addition to a bike store and repair shop. There is Ethiopian food available in the city, and the local favorite can be found at Club Waziema. There is also high-class NoPa which serves simple, countryside food in a classic setting. The nightlife in NoPa is held together by The Independent – a club that displays an array of bands. To celebrate and promote the up-and-coming art galleries, there is a quarterly Divisadero Art Walk. To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, there is a weekly Divisadero Farmers’ Market on Grove Street. Local cuisine and entertainment is also available there. There is also a neighborhood association enthusiastically arranging meetings and playgroups for parents of toddlers.

  • ID: 3541
  • Published: October 25, 2018
  • Last Update: August 27, 2019
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