Torryne Choate on Hayes Valley, San Francisco | Insider's Guide | Travelshopa

The fashionable neighbourhood of Hayes Valley, San Francisco is a wonderful mish-mash of trendy fashion boutiques plying local wares, craft coffee shops, SoHo art galleries and top-notch restaurants. Bolstered by the allure of window-shopping and posh nosh, Hayes Valley has evolved from a seedy area into one of the most enviable spots in the city. We’re fortunate to have resident florist and floral designer — Torryne Choate of Birch circling out the neighbourhood’s best spots.

 


 

The style/vibe of San Francisco…

Casual with flair

 

The thing that sets San Francisco apart from other cities in the region…

The climate, the people, the food, the crafts, the pioneering spirit.

 

Favourite thing about your city…

The light, the ocean and the air.

 

Least favourite thing about your city…

The construction and the congestion

 

One quirk you’ve observed among the local people…

Lots of food-obsessed folks here.

 

Best time to visit your city…

Fall

 

Where do you go to be inspired…

West Marin in California

 

Best bit about your neighbourhood…

My longtime friends and their shops.

 

A local phrase one should know…

Right-on

 

 

Three local shops in your black book…

Reliquary

Metier

Cotton Sheep

 

San Francisco’s best hidden gem…

The public park next to the Opera House

 

One site a tourist should definitely visit…

Swan Oyster Depot is a bustling landmark that’s famous for its raw barfare and fresh seafood.

 

Best place to stay in San Francisco…

The Four Seasons

 

Where can we find you in your downtime…

At the ceramics studio.

 

Birch

564 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

 

 

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