This vibrant, energetic neighborhood is one of San Francisco’s cultural hubs, drawing just as many locals as tourists year-round. Amidst its many museums, gleaming office buildings, and five-star hotels are glamorous, modern condominium complexes with incredible views such as the Millennium Tower, Yerba Buena Lofts, and One Hawthorne. Tourists come to stay in sophisticated places like the W, the St. Regis, and the Palace Hotel, and to visit cultural sights including the famed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Yerba Buena Gardens, the original U.S. Mint, and St. Patrick’s Church.
Residents appreciate all that and more, from the lazy weekend strolls and summer concerts in Yerba Buena Gardens, to the movie theater and shopping at the Metreon, to the world-class restaurants and nightlife scattered throughout the area. Yerba Buena’s central location makes it a dream for walkers, as many vibrant neighborhoods are within easy reach. The Westfield Center Mall on Market Street offers many options for shopping and dining, while the nearby Civic Center and Union Square neighborhoods are overflowing with additional restaurants, fashion boutiques, department stores, and cultural opportunities. Easy freeway access also makes getting in and out of town a snap. © 2016 Maryann LoRusso