The fascinating and diverse San Francisco neighborhoods are difficult to briefly describe. They all reflect their own unique personality and culture depending on the history and experience that have shaped them into the neighborhoods they are today. There are 30 districts in this romantic and compelling city. Some neighborhoods are a must see if you are vacationing or visiting on business and just want to let loose, shop or have a bite to eat. Enjoy these popular San Francisco neighborhoods.

  1. Chinatown. Apparently there are two Chinatowns, one for tourists and visitors, and the other for locals. This is a busy little place with open markets, restaurants, shops, street vendors, temples and boutiques. This popular San Francisco neighborhood is exciting and exotic, a must see for anyone sightseeing and hungry for authentic Chinese cuisine. The smells, sights and sounds will transport you from Grant and Dragon Gate streets--back to an enchanting Asian village.
  2. Russian Hill. The main epicenter of this artsy district is Union and Hyde. It has gorgeous views, charming cafés and grand architecture with winding staircases. Many of the wealthy settle in this upscale area with expensive, cars, homes and designer shops. This engaging area served as the backdrop for Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City” novels.
  3. Castro District. This is undoubtedly the place of preference for the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco. A fun place to take in the famous Castro Theatre-a deco movie palace, street celebrations, boutiques and wonderful diverse cuisine and night life. The core area is near Castro and 18th. Spend the day enjoying excellent shopping and bakeries, then explore the Badlands and Metro Bar to top it off.
  4. Fisherman’s Wharf. Set your GPS to Embarcadero and Pier 39 to experience the most famous and beloved neighborhood with views of The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Saunter on down to the wharf to see fishermen taking in fresh seafood or enjoy the boardwalk’s entertainment and compelling aroma of grilled shrimp and garlic, baked goods and luscious steaks. This most popular San Francisco neighborhood offers museums, shops and exquisite restaurants that will astound you with complete enjoyment and lasting memories. The San Francisco Maritime Museum is breathtaking with the nearby docked USS Pamanito and other WWII exhibits.
  5. Pacific Heights. Take a gander at one of San Francisco’s most exclusive neighborhoods, which boasts a large amount of decadent mansions and gorgeous parks. Bring your camera for picture perfect and sweeping views of the marina and bay that will take your breath away-instantly. Upscale boutiques, restaurants and markets will make you feel like royalty for a time. Try some provocative French dining at La Terrasse in the Presidio, then soak in the spectacular views from the Land’s End lookout—the perfect proposal spot that will guarantee a positive and memorable response.

Whenever you have the fortunate opportunity to journey through the infamous and popular San Francisco neighborhoods; take your time, enjoy the shops, restaurants and festivities--in and about this city of romance.