Lower Haight is home to a mostly younger crowd, many of whom hold non-traditional jobs, such as working freelance or in the service industry. Local dives, hole-in-the-wall joints, and cheap, late-night eateries cater to the youth of the area. A number of restaurants, typically located on Haight Street, are dog-friendly. Whether you're looking for Mexican, Asian, Italian, Soul Food, or just a beer or coffee, you'll be able to find a place that welcomes both you and your four-legged friend in for a delicious meal or rejuvenating sip.
Haight Street itself offers a great 30-minute unofficial urban trail to walk with your pup. From Page and Laguna Mini-Park you can take Haight Street up to - quite literally up, as the sidewalks will come to almost immediate higher elevation - the Grateful Dead House and many other historic, culturally-significant, beautifully-painted Victorian homes. For an added challenge, stop at Buena Vista Park on your way, hike to its apex and enjoy gorgeous views of the City and Bay.
You can also begin a walk at Waller St. Public Park and head west toward Buena Vista Park on Waller St. This 15-minute jaunt will lead you straight to Adah's Stairway, which is a concrete series of steps that leads its followers into the cool, serene shade of Buena Vista Park's heavily wooded area.
Wherever you choose to walk, you and your pet will be spoiled with sidewalks and pedestrian protected crosswalks. And if you're ever tired out, there are multiple public transportation stops in the Lower Haight neighborhood, especially along Market St. Just be sure your pet is in a crate that can fit on your lap or is a well-behaved service dog. (Additionally, non-service animals are allowed on public transportation during specified times between 5 and 9 a.m. as well as in the window of 3 and 7 p.m.)
For designated off-leash areas, check out any of these parks and beaches, all within a 10-mile radius of Lower Haight:
Duboce Park, located in Lower Haight, also has an off-leash area for dogs to roam and run free. Scott Street Labyrinth is a small concrete space with a simple labyrinth laid into its stony surface. It's very near Duboce Park, so it's worth a look-at if you're in the area.
Page and Laguna Mini-Park is definitely miniature. Pancaked between Rose St. and Page St., this petite outdoor area can feel like a hidden oasis. There's not much to do once there though, other than simply walk around, enjoy the lush foliage that grows and blooms there, and perhaps take a seat on the sole bench.