San Francisco is made up of an intricate patchwork of dozens of unique and vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive culture and feel.
San Francisco’s Most Famous Neighborhoods
Some of the oldest houses in San Francisco are located here. Famous for being the “gay capital of the world,” it hosts the internationally-acclaimed Gay Pride Parade every June.
Home to the popular Golden Dragon Parade every Chinese New Year, this is the second largest Chinatown in North America.
Located between Pacific Heights and the Marina, this area is a haven for young professionals and features charming homes and apartments, ample shopping options, and a bustling nightlife.
A small, attractive neighborhood on the south side comprised of local book stores, pizza parlors, and coffee shops.
A favorite among tourists that has retained its countercultural feel.
A former naval base currently used for government housing projects. A number of revitalization initiatives are underway, including housing unit construction and new light-rail access to the city center and Caltrain.
Mostly residential since 1915, the Marina District neighbors Crissy field and the Moscone Recreation Center and is well-populated with high-end restaurants and spas, catering to an affluent population.
Historically a Hispanic neighborhood, the Mission District offers a unique, lively independent art scene and the best taquerias and produce markets in town.
This rapidly developing part of the City—is home to the biotechnology research facilities of UC San Francisco.
An affluent neighborhood famous for its gorgeous city landmarks, fine hotels, and rich history.
Wonderful restaurants, cafes and delicatessens are plentiful in this area, colloquially referred to as “Little Italy”.
This region is considered to be an exceptionally safe, upscale area and is home to young professionals and families
Nestled just inland of the Marina District, this neighborhood is famous for its Victorian mansions, high-end shops and cafes, and San Francisco’s most scenic parks, Alta Plaza and Lafayette Park.
Previously the manufacturing center for San Francisco, Potrero has been converted into a residential neighborhood in the years following the dot-com boom.
Located just north of Golden Gate Park, Richmond includes some of the area’s vibrant ethnic communities including “little Russia” and “new Chinatown.”
This residential and commercial area is famous for the “Crookedest Street in the World”—a portion of Lombard Street that contains multiple switchbacks.
South of Market
Known locally as SOMA, this commercial area hosts the city’s most successful Internet companies and is the home of the SF MoMA, AT&T Park, and Yerba Buena gardens.
The largest district in San Francisco, Sunset borders the Pacific coast and Golden Gate Park.
This neighborhood is historically considered to be San Francisco’s roughest, but is well-known for some of the city’s best nightlife.
West of Van Ness Avenue, this diverse neighborhood is known for moderate rents and its central location in the city.