With a population of around 865,000 and a total area of around 49 square miles, the city of San Francisco provides several incredible districts to explore. Discover the markets, shops, museums and landmarks across the numerous districts of the city, all linked by the recognisable cable car system.
South of Market/SoMa
(Photo by Basil D Soufi)
Just south of Market Street, the area known as SoMa (“South of Market”) is home to many of San Francisco’s nightclubs, restaurants and luxury warehouse conversions. Formerly the industrial area of the city in place since the 1906 earthquake, the area sits between renowned museums such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Historical Society, and the Cartoon Art Museum. Check out 111 Minna, an art gallery that turns into a dance floor at night.
South of Market is a 3-minute drive or 10-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
South of Market, San Francisco, CA, USA
(Photo by Davide D’Amico)
Downtown San Francisco is the hub of the great metropolis. Easily walked, this district features both history and modernity. The Union Square plaza was once a rally point for the Union forces of the Civil War, but now hosts luxury boutiques.
Downtown’s centre is a 2-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
Downtown, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
San Francisco’s steep rolling hills are well-known, with Nob Hill being one of the city’s original “Seven Hills”. Named after the British slang phrase for nobles, Nob Hill is home to Grace Cathedral, one of the largest places of worship in San Francisco. The history of the city is apparent in this area, with the four leading figures behind the Central Pacific Railroad, Leland Stanford, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington and Charles Crocker having hotels and garages named after them. Huntington Park, a section of greenery in Nob Hill, was named after railroad baron Collis P. Huntington. Visit to soak in the city’s history and to see the famous hills of San Francisco, many of which have been featured in films such as Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
Nob Hillis a 6-minute drive or a 24-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
(Photo by Bob Dass)
The Financial District in the east of San Francisco is the centre of business and banking in the city. Since the heyday of the Gold Rush in 1849, the Financial District still has remnants of its historical past. Visit the 1972 Transamerica Pyramid, a significant testament to architect William Pereira’s career, or Jackson Square, one of the oldest plazas in San Francisco.
The Financial Districtis an 11-minute drive or a 26-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
Financial District, San Francisco, CA, USA
This northern neighbourhood is often called “Little Italy”, due to its strong Italian American history. The area still offers delicious Italian cuisine at many restaurants. Visit Washington Square Park for Italian festivals and parades, as well as musical performances from the North Beach Jazz Festival. Visit Mama’s or Tony’s Pizza for award-winning Italian cuisine. You can also take a stroll up Telegraph hill to the historic Coit Tower. Fans of the 1950s and 1960s can also explore the area’s Beatnik history, with the term originating here during the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s. Visit the City Lights Bookstore which still exists from that era to get a sense of this unique time in history.
North Beach is a 13-minute drive from YOTEL San Francisco.
North Beach Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA, USA
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The largest Chinatown outside of Asia, San Francisco’s version is the oldest in America. Attractions include amazing Chinese restaurants, the former Chinese Telephone Exchange (now the Bank of Canton), herbal shops and the striking Sin Chong Building, one of the first to be rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. Take a walking or a Segway tour to see all the sights in the day or during the night when the lanterns are lit.
Chinatown is a 9-minute drive or a 25-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
Chinatown, San Francisco, CA, USA
Central Market, also known as Mid-Market, is the area surrounding Market Street. Renowned for its parades and performances on important dates, such as the annual Tet festival that celebrates the post-Vietnam War influx of Cambodian, Vietnamese and Laotian residents. This area also has night markets and vintage furniture emporiums to explore. Visit this area to go to jazz and blues clubs, eat at more than 200 restaurants, and to take the famed cable car.
Central Market is a 2-minute drive or a 6-minute walk from YOTEL San Francisco.
Central Market Community Benefit District, 901 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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