Things to Do in Financial District, San Francisco

Shining skyscrapers, sharp suits and swanky shopping is what characterises this area, with every street and every building designed to meet the needs of busy businesspeople with demanding schedules. Visit during working hours and the streets might seem quiet – but get caught in the lunchtime rush and you’ll find yourself amidst a sea of suits, hurried conversations over mobile phones and the smells and sounds of busy food vendors feeding the masses. If you’re in San Francisco for business, this is where you are likely to find yourself – amidst everything you might need for a productive stay. Visit the Financial District for leisure and you’ll feel at home in the Embarcadero’s Ferry Building, where independent cafés and quirky boutiques offer a welcome splash of fun into this sleek and serious neighbourhood. Visit the Financial District Market in the Ferry Market Building to explore some organic produce and try some tasty samples.

Although the Financial District is mostly made up of towering skyscrapers and revolving glass doors, the neighbourhood has managed to hold on to its character with some of the city’s original architecture juxtaposed against the sleek metropolis. There are plenty of places to visit in the Financial District, whether you have a little time or a lot of time. City slickers make the most of the good weather by taking their lunch hour in outdoor restaurant terraces, which turn into lively drinking areas come happy hour. Far from generic when it comes to flavour, the Financial District offers a huge range of independent restaurants, sandwich shops and food trucks.

Make your way to the waterfront and you’ll find a more casual vibe, with people exercising or hanging out with friends after work. Ready to go somewhere a little different? Hop on an old-school streetcar and find yourself in an entirely new neighbourhood within minutes. Check out the San Francisco area guide for more ideas.

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