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San Francisco Walking Tour: SoMa

Go “South of Market” for art, green space, and more.

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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 5.6 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Industrial roots give this “South of Market” neighborhood a bigger scale than the rest of downtown. (Although now industry is more... more »

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What could be better than waking up to the startlingly fragrant coffee made from freshly roasted single-origin beans? This airy, industrial-chic place hidden behind the historic US Mint building is home to the famous halogen-powered $20,000 Japanese coffee siphon (the only one of its kind in North America); the brewing process has all the... More


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been the premier West Coast spot for modern art since 1935, with over 27,000 works from Modernists and contemporary artists. Mario Botta's iconic building is a work of art in itself, with an oculus skylight, banded turret, and soaring atrium. SFMOMA exhibits painting, photography, sculpture, architecture,... More

Think the Brooklyn Academy of Music meets Mass MoCA, all under one roof. At this arts complex, you can find groundbreaking performances—from such local companies as Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet to such visitors as the Bang on a Can All-Stars—and quirky film fare (for instance, that typographical sleeper hit Helvetica)—plus irreverent art exhibitions... More

Industrial roots give this “South of Market” neighborhood a bigger scale than the rest of downtown. (Although now industry is more often high-tech than wholesale.) Several outstanding museums cluster around Market and Third streets, yolked together by the Yerba Buena Gardens, while restaurants and clubs snap up former warehouses.

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It’s a striking architectural mashup: Daniel Libeskind’s angular steel addition, based on Hebrew letters, juts out from a 1906 classical brick building. Rotating exhibits often fuse art and politics.

736 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103

(415) 655-7800

This collection celebrates the cultures and histories of people of African descent scattered around the world, from the Caribbean to South America. It’s heavy on multimedia exhibits, such as videos, music, and audio narratives.

685 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, 94105

(415) 358-7200

Home to the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park provides views of San Francisco's skyline, Bay Bridge and McCovey Cove (named in honor of legendary Giants slugger Willie McCovey). The close proximity of right field to McCovey Cove creates the opportunity for "splash runs" into the bay. In addition to the main event, visitors can check out park... More

8. Palace Hotel’s Pied Piper Bar

Bankers, first dates, and everyone in between find their way to the softly lit spot in this Beaux Arts hotel. The namesake Maxfield Parrish mural glows over the bar.

2 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA, 94105
United States

(415) 512-1111