Everybody has heard of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Haight Ashbury District of San Francisco, but the Downtown San Francisco is also full of things to do.
Located in the heart of downtown, Union Square is a great place to shop or just watch the world go by. For the shoppers amongst you there are huge brands such as Macys, Nordstrom, Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue. The flagship Apple Store is also located on the north side of Union Square if you want to pick up the latest iphone. If people watching is more your thing you can hang out at one of the cafes located in the Union Square plaza. The Artists Guild of San Francisco have a regular art show in the plaza, click the link below for the schedule.
The San Francisco Ferry Building is the jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Waterfront. Located on Embarcadero at the end of Market Street, the Ferry Building is not only a working ferry terminal but it is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. Hog Island Oyster Company, The Slanted Door and El Porteno can all be found inside the main building. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Ferry Building is home to a farmers market featuring produce from all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
The SOMA (SOuth of MArket) district of San Francisco is made up of several smaller neighborhoods including Mission Bay, South Beach and Rincon Hill. Some of the most popular museums in the city are located in SOMA, including SF MOMA, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and The Cartoon Art Museum. SOMA is a great night spot too, with its many restaurants and bars there is something for everyone from cocktail bars like Novela to micro breweries like Thirsty Bear and Cellarmaker.
Market Street runs from Embarcadero all the way to the Twin Peaks neighborhood passing through the Castro District, Civic Center, Hayes Valley and more. It is served by multiple transit lines including the F Train street cars, the Cable Cars and the underground Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains. Market St. is the main street for parades in the city including the recent World Series Giants parades and the annual Pride Parade which takes part at the end of June.