San Francisco is well-known for its world-class dining and entertainment, innovative businesses and abundance of culture. It is also known for a number of diverse neighborhoods and a wide variety of co-living spaces that are well suited for everyone.
San Francisco Neighborhood Guide
Before choosing a place to stay in San Francisco, the first step is to choose from one of its many diverse neighborhoods. While it is possible to walk, cab or take Muni and BART from one neighborhood to another, the ability to walk outside of your apartment room and be right where you want to be is valuable.
Here’s the skinny on some of San Francisco’s most notable neighborhoods:
Nob Hill is one of the most upscale neighborhoods in San Francisco. If you’re looking to stay in a classy neighborhood with excellent views right in the heart of the city, Nob Hill is the place to be.
If you’re looking for a more casual neighborhood, North Beach is a strong option. Within walking distance from both Chinatown and the popular Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach offers a more relaxed atmosphere, as well as a thriving “Little Italy.”
The SoMa neighborhood is located South of Market (hence the name) and is arguably the cultural hub of San Francisco. Many of San Francisco’s popular museums are located in SoMa, and the nightlife here — from trendy restaurants to buzzing nightclubs — is among the best in the city.
The Mission is the heart of San Francisco’s Latino and Hispanic culture, with more restaurants and art venues than you can count. There are also excellent views of downtown San Francisco, particularly from the popular Dolores Park.
Union Square is the central hub of San Francisco. From the public plaza that gave the neighborhood its name to the countless theaters, restaurants and shops radiating outwards, Union Square is the place to go if you want to quite literally be in the middle of it all.