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- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (3)
- Portsmouth SquareCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4First to ReviewAug 10, 2013
Possibly the most vibrant and interesting square in downtown San Francisco. Unlike Union Square or Justin Herman Plaza, Portsmouth Square always seems to be changing. A number of monuments, like the Robert Louis Stevenson monument and the site where the American flag was first raised in SF, sit hidden amidst all the elderly Chinese people. Live entertainment is common, and the Chinatown Night Market Fair is actually quite cool.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Portsmouth SquareSep 21, 2012
I go here all the time for parking. There is a bridge to the Chinese Cultural Center at the Hilton Hotel that resembles the Great Wall of China. Elderly folks play a form of Chinese chess, from what I've observed, while children play on the playground. It's the heart of Chinatown, so to speak.
- Portsmouth SquareMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 05, 2012
Portsmouth Square is a one-block park in Chinatown. Depending on your point of view, one could call this place Chinatown's Living Room (and SRO respite) or a Homeless magnet. When my Son and I were here recently around midday, there was a nice Food Truck selection and several folks practicing their Tai Chi moves. I've also been here as the starting point for a Chinatown Alleyways Walking Tour and where the elevator from the Portsmouth Square Parking Garage lets out. If all this Community "Action" is too much for you, a short visit to the nearby Old St. Mary's Cathedral is good for the soul.
Portsmouth Square is located on the site of the first public square established in the early 19th century in the Spanish/Mexican community of Yerba Buena, whose name was changed to San Francisco in 1847. During the Mexican-American War, when the Americans were bent on acquiring Alta California, Captain John Berrien Montgomery of the USS Portsmouth was ordered to seize Yerba Buena. On July 9, 1846, the first American flag was raised near the Mexican adobe custom house in the plaza that would eventually be named Portsmouth Square in honor of the ship.
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Aliases: Portsmouth Plaza