Family-friendly Cole Valley, with its historic Victorian homes and leafy tree-lined streets, is a favorite neighborhood for taking pups for a stroll – and with good reason. Not only are there restaurants and shops to enjoy along the way, but dogs are a welcome presence here. Located just south of the bustling Haight-Ashbury district, Cole Valley has a small-community feel, even though it is situated smack dab in the middle of the city. If you’re new to the area or looking for a few fun landmarks to check out, here is a highlight reel of some of the best that Cole Valley has to offer.
Cruising Down Cole Street
The heart of Cole Valley runs down Cole Street, where pets and walkers alike can enjoy the sights, sounds, and wares of many mom-and-pop establishments. A must-stop for dog-lovers is Cole Valley Pets, which stocks a plethora of high-quality pet foods and supplies for animals of all types. Pop in with your pup to browse treats, apparel, toys, and more. Need to refuel for the rest of your walk? Cruise over to Wooden Coffeehouse for a cup of joe and pastry to go, or continue down towards Frederick Street to grab an ice cream cone or shake at the old fashioned, 1930s-style Ice Cream Bar.
A favorite walking destination in Cole Valley, Grattan Playground at Stanyan and Alma Streets includes a clubhouse, athletic field, basketball court, children’s play structure, tennis courts, and a whole lot of fun for your pooch. The site is also home to the non-profit Haight Ashbury Community Nursery School. Perhaps most importantly, Grattan Playground has public restrooms available for any quick pit-stop needs. General park hours are from 5 a.m. to midnight, and restrooms are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saluting Neighborhood Heroes
A fun stop for dogs is visiting the firefighters over at Fire Station #12, located at 1145 Stanyan Street (at Grattan Street). Checking out the trucks is always a good time, and the friendly firefighters can typically be spotted offering a greeting and a wave as you walk by with your furry friend. Just be sure to be alert and stay out of the way if you hear any sirens going off!
Where Art Lovers and Dog Lovers Collide
Cole Valley is home to some fun fnnch murals, which you can enjoy along your walking route. These stenciled and spray-painted street art designs are described by the artist as “contemporary pop art” and are inspired by nature and everyday life. If you are looking to snap a few Instagram-worthy photos of your dog, these murals make fun and vibrant background. Check out the honey bear on Stanyan Street at Alma – because we know your dog is just as sweet as honey.