Tucked away at the south-eastern end of Golden Gate Park in the exact geographical center of the city, San Francisco’s smallest neighborhood is also one of the friendliest. A mere blocks from Haight Street, Cole Valley seems worlds away from its quirky neighbor. Locals love frequenting the mom and pop businesses clustered along the three-block retail area near the intersection of Cole and Carl Streets. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts, Sutro Forest offers the urban hiker 40 acres of pristine beauty, while exploring nearby Twin Peaks can be a true test of legs and lungs. It also contains the most used transportation line, the N Judah, which will take you from the Caltrain depot to Ocean Beach and drop you off right in front of the Giant’s Ballpark to catch a game If you’re looking for idyllic residential charm in the heart of the city, look no further than Cole Valley.