SAN FRANCISCO HAS 36 official neighborhoods, and almost a 100 smaller enclaves. Within San Francisco’s compact 47 square miles, every neighborhood is easily reachable by public transportation. Here’s a guide to some of the major ones to get you started.
The business and commercial heart of the city. At the center of the waterfront Embarcadero, the Ferry Building is home to stalls of Northern California cuisine. Check out the Exploratorium if you’re into science or are there with kids. The Plant Cafe on Pier 3 is a scenic spot for bayside brunch, and Pier 23 is great for drinks.