Hayes Valley is perhaps SF’s best kept secret. Although the neighborhood is barely ever mentioned, it has a shopping and restaurant district to rival any in the city. Its central proximity to the theater district ensures the success of many of its high-end restaurants and despite this prosperity, the community is still fairly diverse. Hayes Valley has only existed for just over two decades in its current form. It arose in the aftermath of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, when fears for the safety of the monstrous double decker freeway that used to run through the area prompted city officials to tear down the long time eyesore. With a new, cleaner line of sight, developers saw an opportunity, and so Hayes Valley was reborn.