North Panhandle

In the center of the city is the eclectic, culturally, ethnically and socially diverse neighborhood known as North Panhandle, aka NOPA. Bounded by Masonic, Divisadero, the neighborhood is undergoing a rebirth as newcomers discover a community where culture comes together in this urban mixing bowl.

It's a neighborhood that rewards entrepreneurs with large dreams and low budgets willing to take a gamble on new retail establishments, art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. The eclectic energy of the neighborhood is expressed best in the blocks where tattoo parlors and day care centers do business next to old school barbershops, and tiny urban "parklets" provide plants and cafe seating.