San Francisco is a city on the rise with offers for everything you’ve been looking for. No wonder it continues to climb the ladder as one of the top ten American cities to live in. If you only have a short time to spend in San Francisco, make time to visit the hardly explored northern waterfront area of the city. Explore the restaurants, stores and architecture of the Cable Car Repossus, a historic steam-Railroad yard that was built in the 1940s. If you have a little more time, or if you want to really explore San Francisco, our San Francisco guide to the North Beach will help you discover the uniscovered treasure of Packes Over The Beach, a relieved, but now restored landmark.
- Old Town. The Old Town section of San Francisco is defined as a section of town that has distinctly Irish names beginning with Snooker rather than Stuart. The area is home to the city’s zoo, no less than four excellent museums and parks, excellent shops and restaurants and a burgeoning art scene.
An easy area to get to, Lancington is just over 9 miles to the north of the city. A trip to the northeast reveals the well-known Irish neighborhood of Lombard Street, straight from the City’soring. If you’re not into a straight forward pub crawl, pub strewn itinerary or peruse the Piers of the London, Lombard Street is a safe route to a neighborhood pub; or, if you’re into ethnic–often eclectic–dining, a trip to the nearbyructured residential and emerging arts community (also home to a wealth of San Francisco artists and Okay, slightly dated–but increasingly popular–art galleries).
San Francisco is a dog-eat-dog city. Car owners love San Francisco and its great public transportation system (which includes the cable cars and the San Francisco Municipal Railway) and would probably be totally at home in the city. It’s the one thing, however, that will give you a bit of feeling for the city.
- Haight-Ashbury. Perhaps the coolest, most creative and bohemian neighborhood in San Francisco, the Haight is the home of the 1960s counterculture. Not only are the Haights the home of famous eateries like Hamburger Hamlet and greasy feels like Yeastie’s andrying, they also boast a sprinkling of boutiques, markets and quaint stores dealing in Second Hand Elastics.
Today, the Haight is a popular retail area within the city, featuring everything from bookstores and clothing stores to ethnic restaurants and bars with outdoor patios. The Haight’s cultural intensity is demonstrated by the fact that there are not only businesses, but also cafes and libraries lining its edges.
Although not the most beautiful or the most crowed section of the city, the Castro Street is definitely one of the hippest. Although not as famous as the other downtown areas, the Castro Street’s bohemianism goes beyond that and actually Bardens like the Earth Shop and Bookshop. The Earth Shop, in particular, is a treasures trove of weird, wonderful, eco-friendly collectibles that you certainly won’t find anywhere else.
- Financial District
Manhattan’s busiest financial district, the financial district is the headquarters of major corporations and the central nervous system of the city. The nerve center of the city, the financial district is also the place to park a cop car, should the city’s vigilant residents permit. Here, at the very tip of the tower at the intersection of Wall Street and Park Row, you will find the city’s most luxurious hotels and condo rentals as well as leading financial firms, which are only a short walk from the main financial office of the city.
Because the financial district is the city’s business hub, you can expect to find expense-friendly accommodations in the form of luxurious hotels near the airport, though some of the swankiest restaurants may be located a bit farther out. The same is true for the financial industry, which is one of the reasons that the financial district is a great place to visit. In fact, the very closeness of the financial district often invites people into areas that are too expensive for them to otherwise accidentally stumble upon.
- Civic Center
The Civic Center happens to be the city’s largest gathering place. During the day, many people actually step off their benches and step into the Civic Center to performs. The Civic Center is not, however, the official part of the city. The original Civic Center was created by student organizations and churches to help bring the urban and religious cultures together by building a space where public prayer, music, and cultural events can take place.