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    Katie Worth
    5 Oct 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.

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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Jonathan Kong
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    5 Feb 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.

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    Jon kong
    5 Feb 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.

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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Juanita Rubilar Rossi
    2 Jul 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.

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  • Downtown San Francisco
    David Handler
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    just another major section of a diverse city with restaurants and shops and parks. Visit the Galleria.

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    Frances Nguyen
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    3 Jul 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.

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    5 Jul 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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    Shula Garfunkel
    5 Mar 10, 2013

    Love it so much..

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    Brenda McCall
    5 Dec 22, 2012

    Great!!!!!!!!

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  • Downtown San Francisco
    sweetcheese
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    5 Sep 21, 2012

    I love San Fran!!! Almost left my heart there.

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    5 Jul 20, 2012
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    4 Mar 01, 2014
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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Kevin Picholo
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    4 Mar 07, 2012
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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Silvia Ho
    4 Sep 01, 2012
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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Julia R
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    5 Feb 18, 2013
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    5 Jul 31, 2012
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    5 Mar 13, 2013
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    Jena Hamilton
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    4 May 10, 2014
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  • Downtown San Francisco
    Julia
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    4 Jan 20, 2014
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San Francisco may be a small city, but ever since gold was spotted in Northern California in 1849, San Francisco has been the region's financial center – a fact attested to by the impressive collection of towers that have made their home on the city's skyline. But you'll find a lot more downtown than just blazers and bike messengers. Even San Francisco's business crowd is full of local food ... read more
aficionados and coffee elitists, and downtown San Francisco provides for them. A great place to begin a visit is the iconic Ferry Building, a renovated pier at the soggy foot of San Francisco's main thoroughfare, Market Street. Gazing across the Bay from the Mahatma Gandhi statue, you will see the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, and the East Bay (since you're in San Francisco now, be sure to gasp at how far away it is and decide never to leave your new comfort zone). Take a streetcar up Market Street, and jump off at any of the hole-in-the-wall Asian restaurants that strike your fancy. Or turn left into the upwardly mobile SoMa (South of Market) neighborhood, where you can find Blue Bottle Coffee or take in a Giants baseball game. Alternatively, join your tourist brethren and hop on the Powell Street Cable Car – the country's only National Monument on wheels – which will lug you past Union Square, through Chinatown, and over some of San Francisco's famous hills. Whatever route you take through the heart of this cultural metropolis, you will likely walk away in love.

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