San Francisco Neighborhood Guide

Castro

The Castro District has a gay reputation, with good reason. It has a predominantly gay and lesbian community in addition to some amazing cafes and bars. Some popular places are The Cafe, Q-bar, and The Castro Theatre.

Chinatown

When walking through China town you truly feel as though you’re in China. Every sign and word is in Chinese. In Chinatown, you’ll found crowds roaming the streets filled with street vendors. A must-go spot is the Red Blossom Tea Company located on Grant Ave.

Cole Valley

Known for the ‘middle-aged’ crowd. A smaller more quaint neighborhood with less hustle than its neighbors. Amazing restaurants can be found at Cole and Carl, it’s ‘downtown’ if you will.

Financial District

Loaded with workers, restaurants, and bars; the financial district is busy, busy, busy. With the high buildings there are numerous restaurants and bars offering stunning views of the bay. The Embarcadero has many places to grab a bite or drink on the water and can be found full of tourists and workers grabbing lunch.

Haight-Ashbury

This neighborhood is known for its hippie vibes. Full of piercing shops, vintage clothing shops, and bookstores; you can’t help but feel the beloved culture that makes up ‘The Haight’, as the locals call it.

Hayes Valley

Famous for being near the opera and theatre, this neighborhood is filled with famous restaurants and a slew of shops. A must-go-to place is the Hayes Street Grill.

Marina

Known as the ‘frat row’ of San Francisco, this neighborhood is filled with post college young professionals. Brunch is a must. And there are some great bars, such as Blue Light,  a neighborhood favorite. You can also find gorgeous views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge here.

Mission

The home of Dolores Park, the Mission District is actually home to a predominately Latino Community. On 24th street you can find many Mexican bakeries and taquerias.

Nob Hill

Nob Hill, or ‘Snob Hill’ as some call it due to it’s reputation of privilege. Here you will find many well known hotels and landmarks.

North Beach

San Francisco’s “Little Italy” comes alive at night. Known for the many strip clubs and bars, and of course, Italian Food. There are many pizza shops that stay open well into the night to accommodate those traveling home after a night out.

Pacific Heights

A well-to-do neighborhood known for where the wealthy go. Here you will find large homes and pretty parks full of families. The shopping fits in with upscale stores and boutiques.

Potrero Hill

One of the less ‘city-like’ neighborhoods. Potrero Hill is much quieter, houses have small gardens, and there are more lofts and condos than apartments.

Presidio

A national park with tons of hiking and creeks. This area housed many military structures and housing. The Presidio is often filled with tourists engaging in tours and actvities.

Richmond

This neighborhood is largely residential, with an ethnically diverse population. Being so close to the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, accompanied by the great food make this area a bit more touristy than one would think.

Russian Hill

Russian Hill is an upscale neighborhood in San Francisco. Here you will find old charming buildings, cafes, and views. This is a tourist must see.

SOMA

South of Market Area. Here you will feel the hustle and bustle of the Financial District over-flow as many companies have flocked around Market St. Lots of discount shopping and designer furniture stores can be found in this neighborhood.

Sunset

One of San Francisco’s most family-friendly neighborhoods. But the pace does pick up as you near the beach. Twin Peaks, offers great restaurants and bars. This is also one of SF’s more affordable neighborhoods.

Tenderloin

Known for being the “bad area” of San Francisco, this neighborhood is home to many homeless. However, in neighboring other area’s such as Polk, the Tenderloin isn’t without it’s perks. Due to it’s reputation, it can be more affordable.

Union Square

TOURIST CENTRAL. (Expensive) SHOPPING CENTRAL.

I hope you enjoyed reading these quick descriptions about San Francisco neighborhoods. I’ve quickly fallen in love with the city and am still in ‘ah’ of how different each unique ‘district’ can feel. If you haven’t had the chance to visit, please do! Please feel free to reach out for any questions you may have. I’m happy to keep sharing some of San Francisco’s many treasures!

 

Sincerely,

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