When I first moved to San Francisco, my fiancé and I lived in Glen Park for exactly one month. Each morning we’d take a short walk down a very steep hill into the village center, where we’d order coffee and “work from home” using the free WiFi at Bello Coffee and Tea. There were several locals who joined us each day during the week, along with the waves of commuters popping in before heading across the street to the BART station for work. On the way back home, we would often sit down for breakfast at locally owned Tyger’s or Higher Grounds for an egg scramble and potatoes. (FYI- both are cash only)
Glen Park is a quaint gem of a neighborhood, with towering eucalyptus groves, steep hills, and a small town feel. Filled with mom + pop businesses, the petite commercial strip (at the intersection of Chenery and Diamond Streets) is even referred to by Glen Park locals as “the village.” With a BART Station and situated at I-280, it’s a great neighborhood for commuters. This location lends itself well to the South Bay tech scene, leading to the neighborhoods escalation to affluence beginning in the 90’s. Glen Canyon is the dominant topographical feature of Glen Park, most of which is now a city park. The streets follow not a grid, but rather the existing contours of the steep hillside.
As someone who is very particular about food and cosmetic and home products, I was relieved to find Canyon Market right in the epicenter of the village. Canyon Market is the hot spot for all things food, artisanal, and holistic. It is the go-to source for organic fruits and vegetables, Kombucha on tap, and non-toxic cosmetic products like Dr. Bronner’s and Desert Essence. It was not uncommon for us to pop into Canyon Market once per day, before making the trek up the steep hills to our beautiful yet temporary home.
My absolute favorite shop in Glen Park is Perch, a sweetly situated shop with an eclectic collection of quirky gifts, novelty items, and home accents. Each day I stepped inside I found something new. From ceramic growlers to locally made jewelry and organic eco planters, this shop has you covered. It is a perfect combination of modern and vintage, with chic Scandinavian design next to locally crafted items. I picked up a beautiful ceramic gray French Press that is super chic and looks great on my kitchen countertop.
Billy Goat Hill.
If you were to walk along Beacon Street, there is an inconspicuous opening to a short trail down a steep, rugged hill that will take you to a special little place called Billy Goat Hill. Here you will find a spectacular view of the city, in addition to a petrifying charming rope swing if you’re up for a little thrill.
We really enjoyed our time spent in Glen Park or, better yet, our little village. While not known for it's culinary excellence, it was only a short drive to the fantastic restaurants and bars in Noe Valley and Upper Mission. And although many people may already be priced out of Glen Park, it still seems like a very well kept secret to us. The green land of the locals.