Downtown San Francisco Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 81%Budget Travelers
- 81%Nightlife Lovers
- 68%History Buffs
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- Downtown San FranciscoOct 25, 2013
My first impression of downtown San Francisco, it seemed to me an gray and intimidating gaggle of skyscrapers. But after working there for four years, it had transformed in my mind's eye into a labyrinth of delights. The little allies that cut through the forest of concrete hide cheap taquerias, works of art, pubs of all varietals, homeless people that their neighborhood loves and takes care of, coffee shops worth standing for half an hour in line for, mini-parks on top of parking structures that no one seems to know about. Oh, and COOKIES. Lots of great places to buy those.Recommended for:
- Downtown San FranciscoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesAdventure TravelersFeb 27, 2013
The Golden Gate Bridge. Alcatraz. Even Rice-A-Roni. These are all symbols that allude to the great city of San Francisco, but what most travelers aren’t aware of when they first visit how big the 7 by 7 city really is. What San Francisco may lack in real estate space it makes up exponentially in history, diversity and culture. Not many cities on this side of the country can claim to have a more diverse yet unified city. Where else can you grab Italian at (my favorite) Golden Boy Pizzeria and within that same day, come back to celebrate the Lunar New years on the very same block?
Many global cities are known for their culturally specific icons and attractions. San Francisco, better known as “the City” to locals is known for its growth from the huge cultural diversity of those who live here. The City of San Francisco can be considered a Mecca of the west coast. People come in droves to add their mark or simply immerse themselves in the cultural mixing bowl many of us call home.
In San Francisco you could have lived here your whole life and still wake up and experience a brand new day.
- Downtown San FranciscoFeb 26, 2013
San Francisco is the birth place and home of many cultural activities and shops. You could be standing in front of a dim sum shop one moment and 5 mins and less than a block later you're outside (one of my favorites) Golden boy pizzeria. San Francisco's diversity is what drives this city to grow and continue to ever change. If you want to experience global cuisine without going far, San Francisco can help you do that. What locals call "The City" is truly an immersion of world cultures- everyday spent here is truly a new experience.
- Downtown San FranciscoJul 05, 2012
The area I described as staying for 2 nights in 1988 was in Downtown San Francisco. Disappointed. Did get to the Redwood Forest? But I was without a partner and feared going into the woods alone. How I longed to go and see the Redwood trees and some of the forest. Another time hopefully. What I did get to see was so beautiful. Watching it from outside the entrance.
- Downtown San FranciscoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
Downtown San Francisco is filled with the usual bits of skyscrapers, multistory office buildings, department stores, etc. It's pretty typical and comparable to most downtown areas in other American cities.
- Downtown San FranciscoCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 04, 2012
I personally really love the Downtown area of San Francisco. The people are always interesting, whether they be tourists or locals, and I always find something new to discover.
There is also a nice gradient of themes across the entire district. For example, the Union Square area is obviously more saturated with tourists and tourist-related businesses. If you move more toward the Ferry Building, you’ll find restaurants that cater more to the working professional. Of course, this area tends to be pretty dead during non-business hours, while Union Square is almost always jumping.
Head south of Market and you get the SoMA district. Depending on where you go, the food can range from fancy bistro to questionable hole-in-the-wall. The pinnacle of the latter is most definitely 6th Street between Market and Mission. I’ve never seen a single block so full of strange characters. However, even this block is seeing new movement, especially with the opening of a brand new Pearl’s Deluxe Burger here, a local burger restaurant that purportedly makes some of the best burgers in the city.
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