Adjoining the windy bay on the sunny side of town, San Francisco's downtown (officially "Financial District") provides unusual visual expansiveness and fresh air in a hyper-urban locale.
Eating options are plentiful, mundane and tend to be expensive - demand surpasses supply.
is a fun bay-side exception to this rule (although a ways from Market St). The nearby
are also within easy walking distance.
also provide faster and cheaper transportation options than driving.
lanes have been added to Market St, in addition to the ones 2/3 blocks south on Howard/Folsom.Around Downtown...
On the edge of work and play
A lively calendar of musical parties and strangely compelling business events augment this downtown
Golden Gate's gray-trussed stepchild
Cartoon Art Museum
Children's Creativity Museum
More m than moma
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fresh art, fresh building
With 63,000 square feet of lively and diverse Jewish artwork in an eye-popping 2008 building, the CJM lives up to it's namesake and then some.
Political mayhem party's greatest hit
San Francisco's urban traffic take-down brake-down inspired 300+ others around the world. Hard to describe, always lively, and mostly legal - the crew roams free the last Friday of every month at 5:30pm (at Justin Herman Plaza
). Costumes encouraged (especially for the extra special Halloween/October ride!►
) and any human-powered vehicle is good to go.
Running along the bay from AT&T Park
up to Fisherman's Wharf
, the Embarcadero provides a break from the city's steep inclinations
. As such, it's widely enjoyed by locals and visitors on foot, bicycle
, skateboard, rollerskate, etc... although traffic can be an issue both on the sidewalk and off.
Convenient shopping Downtown
The ankle meat (bottom floors) of four office buildings, the Embarcadero Center (creatively named Embarcadero 1, Embarcadero 2, etc) is a Downtown
mini-mall primarily oriented towards workers (many who work on the higher floors) making the most of a tight schedule.
Historic outsides, brand new interior
Matching historical resilience (eg, surviving both the 1906 Earthquake
and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
's destruction of the adjoining Embarcadero freeway) and persistent visibility along the Market Street corridor up to Twin Peaks
- the Ferry Building enjoys iconic status in the city, and has exploded onto the food scene since its latest renovation in 2003.
Justin Herman Plaza
All your Metreon are belong to us
Like a mall, without many stores - the Metreon does have a 15 screen movie theater
(including the largest IMAX screen in the world), a video arcade, a food court and a smattering of other stores and attractions.
Museum of Modern Art
MOMA augments an exciting permanent collection
with vibrant exhibitions
, all housed in a delightful building of exo-art. The curation runs to the modern side of modern art (edgier than New York's MOMA
), but it's a reputable museum and lags behind the cutting edge of urban art
SF's longest running and only full-time (every night!) comedy club, the Punch Line combines all-star with newcomers in a relatively small venue... with good visibility (!)
San Francisco Centre
San Francisco's primary upscale shopping location. Stonestown Galleria
is the only other mall within the city, and it's much smaller.
Piercing the city's skyline like pharaoh's pyramid on a crash diet, the Transamerica Building is primarily a visual landmark, although there is little park with greenery at ground zero.
Art, Politics & Water :)
Wells Fargo History Museum
Back when banking was cool... or at least colorful
Located inside Wells Fargo's first office, this museum-within-a-bank maintains the best collection of California gold rush
artifacts in the city.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Gardens
Some pretty good yerba
Before San Francisco became "San Francisco" it was called "Yerba Buena" - Spanish for "good herb".