Luxury high rises characterize downtown San Francisco. A bustling shopping district including retailers such as Union Square and the boutiques of Maiden Lane draw many people. Downtown is the cultural epicenter of San Francisco featuring Michelin-rated restaurants, world class museums, and many musical, dance, and theater venues. Sports fans can also enjoy a day at the ballpark and see the San Francisco Giants play. For those wishing to see more open space, the Embarcadero is only a short ways away and has spectacular vistas of the bay.
In San Francisco's major center of activity, Downtown, Union Square is where you'll find most of the nationally known department stores, as well as many of the larger hotels. Union Square, bounded by Post, Stockton, Geary and Powell Streets, is a handsome grassy mall and the heart of this bustling shopping district. The blocks around the Square - from Market to Sutter and from Montgomery to Taylor - constitute one of the most prestigious shopping areas of The City.
Geary Street features live theater and fine eating establishments, while Sutter and Post Streets highlight some of the most sophisticated shops to be found anywhere. Grant Avenue, with its fine shops, leads you to world famous Chinatown. Located just off Union Square, Maiden Lane runs east from Stockton to Kearny and is parallel to Post and Geary Streets on either side. Completely blocked off from through traffic, this brick-paved alley seems a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the downtown area.
At Market and Powell Streets you'll find the fabulous San Francisco Shopping Centre with dozens of internationally renowned boutiques and two major department stores. The Crocker Galleria, another contemporary shopping complex, is located on Sutter Street between Kearny and Montgomery. There is inexpensive parking available in the garage beneath Union Square and at the Sutter-Stockton Garage.
Union Square derives its name from demonstrations held there in the support of the Union during the Civil War. In the center of the square there is a 90-foot tall naval monument crowned with a bronze Goddess of Victory. Union Square is also the heart of fine dining and shopping in San Francisco.
Living in downtown San Francisco is a cultral experience one can not easily experience anywhere in the world. The diversity and variation of people, and events make this award winning city an adventure to behold.
A Few Favorite Restaurants
1658 Market Street
580 Geary Street
7 Claude Lane
20 Cosmo Place
845 Market Street #4
800 North Point Street
Restaurant Gary Danko
800 North Point Street