The Van Ness/Civic Center is San Francisco’s epicenter for culture and the arts. Here you’ll find many of San Francisco’s major governmental buildings and gathering spots, including City Hall, the Supreme Court of California, United Nations Plaza, and Civic Center Plaza. But most people come to the Civic Center to enjoy its many fine-arts and cultural establishments such as the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, the Asian Art Museum, and the Herbst Theatre, a national historic landmark where the U.N. Charter was signed in 1945.
The Van Ness Corridor (also known as Highway 101) is a veritable smorgasbord of cultural and dining opportunities. Whether you visit the opera, ballet, symphony, or theater, there’s a great meal awaiting you before or after. While the neighborhood is mostly commercial, residential properties can be found in high-rise condos, apartments, and a few single-family homes. Several MUNI lines stop at Market Street and Van Ness, two of the city’s major thoroughfares, while BART lines serve the nearby Civic Center/UN Plaza station at Market and Eighth Streets. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso