A densely populated area close to San Francisco’s downtown, Tenderloin is quickly shedding its reputation as one of the seedier neighborhoods in San Francisco. For the past few years, a steady stream of tech companies such as Twitter, Square, and Uber have moved into the area, reinvigorating its historic buildings and attracting new restaurants and commercial developments. Rich in history and diversity, the Tenderloin is home to many artists and writers and contains some well-preserved, early-20th century real estate. Many gems are to be found within the area’s 50 square blocks, including historic boutique hotels, ethnically diverse restaurants, converted speakeasies, and hip music venues.
The area between the Upper Tenderloin and Lower Nob Hill is often referred to as “Tenderloin Heights” or “The Tendernob,” and part of the area is home to many of the city’s prominent theaters, including A.C.T., the Curran, the Golden Gate, and the Orpheum, as well as a handful of smaller alternative theaters. The neighborhood is also a mecca for the San Francisco art scene, housing alternative galleries and attracting mural work by artists such as Banksy and Shepard Faire. For shopping and dining, the nearby Union Square, Civic Center, and Financial District are all nearby and public transportation is everywhere. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso