Downtown and Civic Center

Overview of the Financial District

What it lacks in Victorian houses, it makes up for it in the form of high rises, huge apartment buildings, the city’s busiest shopping area and ease of transport. Market Street, the busiest street in San Francisco, runs through the financial district. This area is served by many bus lines, BART, and the cable cars.

Bars and Restaurants

Finding places to eat in the Financial District can not be any easier. There are restaurants, bars, and shops just about everywhere. But since most of these cater mostly to the office workers, the area can get pretty dead on weekends. But not to worry, there are always something available. If all else fails, the Westfield Mall Food Court and the recently renovated eating area of the Metreon (awesome movie theatre, by the way), are always a safe bet.

The Tenderloin is home to a large homeless population. Be wary of this area after dark. But Tenderloin is also home to the city’s most authentic ethnic food with large selection of Indian, Vietnamese, Thai and other ethnic restaurants.


The accommodation around the financial district are mostly located some blocks away from Union Square – in neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin or Lower Nob Hill. 1 bedroom apartment can go for as low as $1400 in the Tenderloin and upwards from $1900 in Lower Nob. Almost all are located in big, multi-story apartment buildings.


The main attraction in this area is the Union Square and the surrounding shopping mecca. Further south along Market is the Civic Center with the City Hall, the Asian Art Museum, the symphony hall, and the city’s library.

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