Bernal Heights Hill can be found in the southeastern part of the city and it can be found in a hidden spot which means it is not frequented by tourists and some of the residents in San Francisco. The hill features mind-blowing views, stunning parks, lovely houses, and lots of restaurants and cute boutiques that you can explore. The Bernal Heights is a magnificent neighborhood that can be found between the Mission and Excelsior. The area is not as developed as other parts of San Francisco and it is a great destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Top things to do in Bernal Heights Hill
Enjoy mind-blowing views from the top of Bernal Heights Hill
One of the top thing that you must not miss while in the neighborhood is to go on a short hike to the top of Bernal Heights Hill. The massive park is the highlight of the neighborhood and you can easily get to the peak from the hidden stairs located on the southern part of the area. Once you get to the top of the hill, you will be rewarded with mesmerizing views of San Francisco, the bridges. The hill is also a great spot to go if you want to enjoy enthralling sunset and sunrise views. The hill is a family-friendly destination and you can also go picnicking in the area.
Enjoy live music at El Rio
El Rio is a community bar which can be found on the border of the Mission and the Bernal Heights neighborhood. The bar hosts lots of activities that you can try out if you are a night-crawler. You can visit on Fridays at 5 pm so that you can enjoy the free oysters and you should try to come earlier because they are limited. You can also come here during the Happy Hour which is when Beer is sold at $3. You are also going to enjoy live music that ranges from salsa to jazz in this bar.
Go shopping for groceries at Alemany Farmers Market
The Alemany Farmers Market is a top destination to go for groceries as they sell organic fruits and veggies for just a low price. The market opens at 6:30 am till 2 pm and you should note that most of the good is gone before 1.30pm which means you should come here quick.
Enjoy a movie at Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema
The cinema season in Bernal Heights starts in September and you should try to experience this if you are in San Francisco during these months. The cinema shows independent films from local directors in Bernal Heights Park. It also hosts the award ceremony, and the Best of Bernal Night when the cinema season ends and this gives audiences the chance to vote for the movies that they love.
Go people-watching at the café
Bernal Heights offers tourists numerous stunning coffee spots that you can explore like cozy Progressive Grounds, CoffeeShop, and so on. The café is a great place to relax after a day of exploring and also to try out people-watching activities.
Visit the Holy Water
Holy Water is a top bar in the neighborhood and it features antique décor with creative drinks. The bar is a great destination to go if you want to drink wine, beer, or cocktails.
Play at the Esmeralda Street Slides
This is a family-friendly attraction in Bernal Heights Hill. It offers a wide range of thrilling slides where you can have fun alone or with your family. You should also note that the slides are very steep and it is hidden from tourists.
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