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 

The permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), reopening in spring 2016, includes works by Pollack, Warhol, Matisse, Picasso, and O’Keeffe—as well as artists with a connection to the Bay Area.

The permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), reopening in spring 2016, includes works by Pollack, Warhol, Matisse, Picasso, and O’Keeffe—as well as artists with a connection to the Bay Area.

The Yerba Buena Gardens complex features two blocks of museums, gardens, restaurants, and activities.

The Yerba Buena Gardens complex features two blocks of museums, gardens, restaurants, and activities.

St. Patrick’s Church was founded in 1851.

St. Patrick’s Church was founded in 1851.

The Children’s Creativity Museum is a hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum for kids of all ages.

The Children’s Creativity Museum is a hands-on, multimedia arts and technology museum for kids of all ages.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is housed in a building designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. 

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is housed in a building designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. 

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts visual art exhibits, performances and other events. 

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts hosts visual art exhibits, performances and other events. 

The Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center is a great place to hit the lanes or the rink for some indoor fun. 

The Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center is a great place to hit the lanes or the rink for some indoor fun. 

Beard Papa’s churns out some of the best cream puffs west of the Mississippi.

Beard Papa’s churns out some of the best cream puffs west of the Mississippi.

The Metreon on Fourth Street includes a multiplex movie theater, a CitiTarget, and a variety of restaurants.

The Metreon on Fourth Street includes a multiplex movie theater, a CitiTarget, and a variety of restaurants.

The Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art, and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of Africans throughout the world.

The Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art, and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of Africans throughout the world.

At Press Club, small bites, and a menu of hard-to-find wines and beer are served in a sleek, cellar-style setting.

At Press Club, small bites, and a menu of hard-to-find wines and beer are served in a sleek, cellar-style setting.

The Stanley Saitowitz-designed Yerba Buena Lofts earned an AIA Design Excellence Award.

The Stanley Saitowitz-designed Yerba Buena Lofts earned an AIA Design Excellence Award.

The Millennium Tower is a modern 58-story condominium skyscraper.

The Millennium Tower is a modern 58-story condominium skyscraper.

The San Francisco Mint was opened in 1854 to serve the mines of the California Gold Rush.

The San Francisco Mint was opened in 1854 to serve the mines of the California Gold Rush.