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 

Twitter’s 295,000-square-foot global headquarters is housed in a 1937 art deco building.

Twitter’s 295,000-square-foot global headquarters is housed in a 1937 art deco building.

Brenda’s French Soul Food is famous for its beignets, po’boys and other Big Easy bites.

Brenda’s French Soul Food is famous for its beignets, po’boys and other Big Easy bites.

A former bordello built in 1907, Great American Music Hall has long been one of the country’s greatest live-music venues.

A former bordello built in 1907, Great American Music Hall has long been one of the country’s greatest live-music venues.

The Alcazar Theatre on Geary hosts many touring productions of Broadway and Off Broadway plays, as well as variety shows, cabaret, comedians and other theatrical events.

The Alcazar Theatre on Geary hosts many touring productions of Broadway and Off Broadway plays, as well as variety shows, cabaret, comedians and other theatrical events.

Housed in a former auto dealership, the AMC theater on Van Ness shows a wide variety of new films.

Housed in a former auto dealership, the AMC theater on Van Ness shows a wide variety of new films.

The Curran Theatre shows first-class productions throughout the year.

The Curran Theatre shows first-class productions throughout the year.

The EXIT Theater operates four storefront theaters and produces the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

The EXIT Theater operates four storefront theaters and produces the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park is a small urban park offering play facilities for kids, a basketball court, and community clubhouse.

Father Alfred E. Boeddeker Park is a small urban park offering play facilities for kids, a basketball court, and community clubhouse.

Glide Memorial Church attracts people from all over the world as a spiritual oasis. 

Glide Memorial Church attracts people from all over the world as a spiritual oasis. 

A secret password is needed to enter Bourbon & Branch, a swanky, dimly lit bar known for its handcrafted cocktails.

A secret password is needed to enter Bourbon & Branch, a swanky, dimly lit bar known for its handcrafted cocktails.

A great gathering place in the heart of the downtown area, Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets.

A great gathering place in the heart of the downtown area, Union Square is a 2.6-acre public plaza bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets.

The Shooting Gallery is a high-ceilinged gallery specializing in street art and other modern urban styles.

The Shooting Gallery is a high-ceilinged gallery specializing in street art and other modern urban styles.