Civic Center/Downtown

Anchored at Market Street's end by the beautifully restored Ferry Building, this area encompass a lot of the city's finest shopping, hotels, and arts and culture centers, and borders other neighborhoods of interest such as Chinatown and SoMA.

Starting on the water's edge, check out views of the Bay Bridge and indulge in the city's culinary powerhouse—the Ferry Building Marketplace (open daily) and the adjacent San Francisco Farmer's Market (open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays). Heading southwest along Market Street, you'll pass the hustle and bustle of the Financial District, where busy office workers clog the streets during lunch and rush hours, until you hit the city's premier shopping destination, Union Square. Two elegant malls, several department stores, and tons of shops (from designer to bargain) make it the place to max out the plastic—which means great fashion finds as well as maddening crowds. On the corner of Powell and Market, the huge line isn't for the shops, however—it's the Powell Street Hill Cable Car Turnaround, where a bevy of tourists are waiting to ride the iconic San Francisco Cable Car up to Fisherman's Wharf. Union Square also happens to house the city's major hotels (making it tourist central) and some of its finest restaurants, such as Farallon and Michael Mina.

Further southwest you'll hit Civic Center, the seat of urban government as well as an arts district. The square block containing City Hall is also home to the city's main public library, the incomparable Asian Art Museum, popular music venue the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the San Francisco Symphony, and the War Memorial Opera House. The American Conservatory Theater's critically-acclaimed productions and the Warfield's concerts are only blocks away, as is the low-key enclave of Hayes Valley, a leafy neighborhood featuring ultra-cool (yet pricey) boutiques, great dining including affordable eats as well as elegant pre-performance prix fixe meals, and killer java at Blue Bottle Coffee.


Max's Opera Cafe
Castle Club
Opera Plaza Cinema
Soluna Cafe and Lounge
Caliente Taqueria
The Showroom
Michael Mina
Mister Lew's Win Win Bar & Grand Sazerac Emporium
Regency Ballroom
Sugar Lounge
Ha-Ra Club
St. Boniface Theater
Green Room
Harrington's Harry Pub
Orpheum Theater
Pandora Karaoke & Bar
San Francisco Ballet
Koret Auditorium
New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC)
Zuni Café
Royal Exchange
African American Art & Culture Complex
AMC Van Ness 14
High Tide
Herbst Theatre
San Francisco Opera
San Francisco Symphony
Wooden Horse
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Fillmore Auditorium
Exit on Taylor
Chambers Eat + Drink
Golden Gate Theatre


San Francisco Public Library - Main Branch
Glaser Designs
Asian Art Museum
Orpheum Theatre
Pioneer's Monument
Dashiell Hammett Walking Tour
San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum
Rosebowl Florist & Wine Shop
San Francisco City Guides
Burke Williams Day Spa
Saint John Coltrane Church
Bay to Breakers
San Francisco Civic Center
Frightened Rabbit
Cable Cars
War Memorial & Performing Arts Center
California Historical Society
San Francisco Pride
City Hall
San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour
Oceanic Society Expeditions
Old Mint
Union Square
Koret Auditorium


Saigon Sandwich Shop
Caffe Trinity
Turtle Tower Restaurant
Boxing Room
Citizen Cake
Punjab Kebab House
Thai Stick
Tommy Toy's
Canto Do Brasil
Hooker's Sweet Treats
Hai Ky Mi Gia
Gyro King
Little Delhi India Restaurant
Tommy's Joynt
Swell Restaurant
Castle Club
Morty's Delicatessen
Ananda Fuara
Sushi Hana
Caliente Taqueria
Empire Chinese Buffet
Frjtz Fries
Golden Era
Little Bird
Tempura House
Il Borgo
Brenda's French Soul Food
Golden House
Michael Mina
Sai Jai Thai
Bambuddha Lounge
Sugar Lounge
Hyde Away Blues BBQ
Boxed Foods Co


Petite Auberge
Westin San Francisco Market Street
Phoenix Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Hotel Adagio, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Sir Francis Drake
Cornell Hotel de France
The Andrews Hotel
The Pickwick Hotel
The Inn at Union Square
Hotel Bijou
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Hotel Carlton, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Hotel des Arts
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
Queen Anne Hotel
Hotel Frank
Hotel Metropolis
Hotel Monaco
Hotel Rex, a Joie de Vivre hotel
Hotel Triton
Hotel Union Square
Intercontinental San Francisco
Orchard Hotel
Larkspur Hotel Union Square

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