A Guide to the San Francisco Districts

San FranciscoOne of the major cities of California is San Francisco. It is known for the hilly terrains, Victorian architecture, summer fog, liberal communities, historical sites, scenic views, and cultural diversity. Every district in this area has its unique culture. Here are the popular districts in San Francisco.

  1. Golden Gate – The fashionable neighborhoods are included in this district like the Marina District, Cow Hollow, and Pacific Heights. Great scenery and historical landmarks can be found in this area. You can see the Fort Mason, The Presidio, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  2. Fisherman’s Wharf- This waterfront neighborhood encompasses Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, and ferry going to the Alcatraz, and seafood restaurants and souvenir stores.
  3. Nob Hill and Russian Hill- These neighborhoods have luxury hotels, cable cars, and steep inclines.
  4. Chinatown and North Beach – These are 2 immigrant communities. Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinatown outside Asia. It’s just near Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.
  5. Union Square and Financial District – Union Square is the shopping center in the city. Theaters and great artworks are also found here. Skyscrapers are found in the Financial District.
  6. Civic Center and Tenderloin – The Civic Center and tenderloin are in contrast with one another. The Civic Center is neoclassical while the ‘Loin is grittier. There are a lot of interesting architecture and attractions found in this area.
  7. SoMa (South of Market) – This area is now the center of new construction sites for skyscrapers, museums, and AT&T Park which is the home of the San Francisco Giants.
  8. Western Addition – This is where Japantown is located. This was once the center of the Japanese population. Today, there are a lot of Victorian homes here with a lot of Japanese stores, restaurants and hotels that Japanese travelers prefer.
  9. Haight- This was once a bohemian area and now the home for the Hippie movement.
  10. The Avenues – Included the foggy Richmond, Sunset and Parkside districts. On the west is the Ocean Beach; south has Sloat Boulevard, and Golden Gate Park.
  11. Twin Peaks and Lake Merced – Found in the Southwestern San Francisco, this area has the taller hills and the Lake Merced Park. The San Francisco Zoo is found in Lake Merced Park.
  12. Castro and Noe Valley – Castro is also known as the Eureka Valley. This historical site is known for the LGBTQ community. Noe Valley on the other hand, has a lot of restaurants and shops on the sidewalk.
  13. Mission and Bernal Heights – The Hispanic Community and the urban artisans are found in this colorful area. If you love night life, then this is where you need to go in San Francisco. Local flavors are also found in this area.
  14. Southeast San Francisco- This residential area houses the lower income residents. This district has bay-side neighborhoods, parks, Candlestick Park, and the home of the 49ers NFL team.
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