Since 1976, Say Cheese has been Cole Valley’s local cheese market, offering various cheeses, charcuterie, wine, and sandwiches made to order. The small, family-owned business has a friendly staff readily available to answer any questions or introduce customers to rare cheeses or their hand-selected wine collection. Say Cheese also caters events and can prepare gift baskets for customers.
Say Cheese, 856 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 665 5020
Every San Francisco district needs a local crepe place, and for Cole Valley, that’s Crepes On Cole. With large portion sizes, this eatery serves not only crepes but also other American breakfast dishes such as pancakes, omelets, bagels, and more. There is ample seating indoors and outside tables, but it can get fairly packed on the weekends for brunch.
Crepes On Cole, 100 Carl St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 664 1800
The local home décor shop Urban Mercantile sells a variety of items such as housewares, linens, pillows, ceramics, candles, stationery, and more. Urban Mercantile is essentially a refined goods and gift store. Many of the items are from small, American manufacturers as well as from different places around the world, providing the most beautiful items for the home without the large price tag.
Urban Mercantile, 85 Carl, St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 643 6372
Kezar Bar & Restaurant is like a pub due to its relaxed atmosphere but with better food than one would expect. Serving New and Latin American cuisine, the bar has the best of both worlds: the ambiance of a dimly lit pub with excellent drinks and freshly made food that surpasses the average pub. There is also a TV to watch sports games.
Kezar Bar & Restaurant, 900 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 681 7678
Cole Hardware is not a plain hardware store. It contains an array of items, some of which are not related to ‘hardware at all.’ Customers can browse the store’s aisles for Mr. Potato Head and other toys, sun hats, balloons, housewares, a 24-hour locksmith, and a large garden section in the back of the building with potted plants and more. In addition, customers can also buy the more standard items such as duct tape, nails, power tools, and other home improvement supplies. Meanwhile, each aisle is color coordinated: the housewares aisle is pink, plumbing is red, etc. Cole Hardware also joined Ace Hardware, making them the smallest Ace Hardware Store in the nation.
Cole Hardware, 956 Cole St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 319 6705
TANTRUM is Cole Valley’s go-to children’s store, but adults will enjoy it too. There are vintage-inspired toys, jewelry, arts and crafts, books, party supplies, and other knickknacks. TANTRUM also hosts book signings and has a mechanical seal that children can ride for only a quarter at its Clement Street location. TANTRUM in Cole Valley is temporarily closed but will reopen after renovations begin on August 1, 2016. The store’s permanent Clement Street location will be open throughout renovations and will remain open once renovations in Cole Valley are complete.
TANTRUM, 248 Clement St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 831 4115
Just below Cole Valley is Tank Hill, named after the water tank that rested there from 1894 to 1957. In 1977, the local community convinced the city to buy the property for $650,000 from private investors so that it remained an open space. The fairly steep park stands at 650 square feet and has a beautiful panoramic view of the city at the top. There are pathways that make reaching the top easier and rocky points that are great for climbing or taking pictures.