SF Neighborhoods: Downtown/Tenderloin/Mid-Market
Collected by AFAR Traveler, AFAR Contributor
1658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
If one is going to throw around the word "iconic," let's make sure it's used appropriately. As with Zuni. The awkwardly shaped restaurant—it's in a narrow storefront with wider spaces on the mezzanine—was opened in 1979 by Billy West....
49 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA
First Thursday is probably the best time to visit 49 Geary, a downtown building that houses quite a few really great galleries. On the first Thursday of each month, most of the galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.—and serve wine. It's a fun way...
701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Right in the center of downtown, across from the SFMOMA and the Jewish Contemporary Museum, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts holds a unique place in the San Francisco arts community. It's dedicated to contemporary visual art, performance, and...
20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Knowledgeable bartenders, a wide range of wine and beer, and tasty, wine-friendly bites make the Press Club a convenient destination for thirsty travelers in or near downtown San Francisco. Just behind the Four Seasons, on Yerba Buena Lane, the...
685 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) intends to connect all people of African descent through history, art, and culture. Exhibitions are often largely focused on the African-American diaspora, exploring shared experiences and culture. A...
20 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Crown Point Press, housed in an beautiful brick building just south of Market street, is a printing press, gallery, and bookstore, specializing in etching. Some of the greatest artists of the last century have worked at the press, including...
55 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Kin Khao is not a typical Thai restaurant. The very talented Pim Techamuanvivit set out to introduce San Franciscans to the kind of food she grew up eating in Thailand—with its bright, fresh flavors and pristine ingredients. All the curry pastes,...
1420 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
The Mid-Market neighborhood is getting some massive reboot/revitalization/gentrification thanks largely to the thousands of Twitter employees who now swarm the neighborhood (Market Street between approximately 6th Street and South Van Ness). New...
57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
It doesn't matter how well you think you know a place—there's always somewhere new worth exploring. San Francisco is packed with secret hideouts. One of my all-time favorites has to be the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room—and the rather...
151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
It had been a long wait for modern art lovers, but after a three-year closure and a $305 million renovation and expansion, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened in May 2016, and was it ever worth the wait. A new 10-story...
240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Few restaurants more than 150 years old can be called trendy, but in innovation-crazy San Francisco, there is novelty in the classics, and Tadich Grill is the classic. The late Chronicle columnist and unabashed San Francisco-lover Herb Caen...
422 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Here's a handy recommendation to keep in your back pocket, whenever you're near Union Square and its endless mediocre food options or trying to grab a bite before a show at A.C.T.: Katana Ya is just about perfect. You might have to wait, because...
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
Staffan Terje has a way with pork. A trip to Perbacco, where Terje is chef, must include some of his salumi, made according to traditional Piedmontese recipes. The pastas are also housemade, and pretty close to perfect. The classic agnolotti dal...
Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bourbon and Branch is a traditional speakeasy. Their 8 house rules—hushed voices and no cell phones among them—encourage neighborly conversation in a very relaxed setting. It's a great way to meet people if you're traveling alone as...
691 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Make your way to Market Street and head to the Hearst Building, where downstairs you’ll find Local Edition. This cocktail bar takes its inspiration from the thriving San Francisco newspaper business of the 50s and 60s, and it shows—you’ll sip on...
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