South of Market, also known as "SoMa," is two square miles of
hot nightclubs, fashionable restaurants, experimental theaters, discount
shopping outlets and art galleries, plus the nations most beautiful
ballpark. Bordering SoMa to the east is another emerging area known as
the City Front District, encompassing the Steuart Street area north of
Justin Herman Plaza and the Ferry Building.
* The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is a $44 million entertainment
and art complex located at 701 Mission Street. Performances and exhibits
showcase San Francisco's cultural diversity. The center adjoins Moscone
Convention Center, The City's premier convention and exhibition facility.
Moscone West, which opened in June 2003, is immediately adjacent to the
main Moscone facility.
* Pacific Bell Park San Franciscos Miracle On Third
Street is home to the San Francisco Giants. Guided Insiders
Tours are offered daily at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. See the sights only
players and staff get to see: sit in the dugout, experience a big league
clubhouse, walk on the field, and visit other places in the park not available
to the general public. For tour reservations, please call (415) 972-2212
Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, or order tickets online
* The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, which opened a state-of-the-art
building at Third and Howard Streets in January 1995, houses over 15,000
artworks representing the areas of painting and sculpture, photography,
architecture and design, and the media arts.
* South Park on Third Street between Bryant and Brannan streets is a charming
place to relax. Several fine restaurants, studios and stores stocked with
collectibles line its outskirts.
* The Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission Street, is guaranteed to tickle
funny bones with its collection of original cartoon art as well as a children's
and interactive gallery.
* The California Historical Society's new downtown museum at 678 Mission
Street showcases the rich legacy of the Golden State.
* The Pacific Telephone building at 140 New Montgomery Street was the
first skyscraper built in San Francisco. It houses the Telephone Pioneer
Communications Museum, showcasing a replica of Alexander Graham Bell's
original telephone, communications memorabilia and exhibits.
* Rincon Center on Spear Street offers shops, restaurants and 27 historical
The Folsom Street Fair is a popular South of Market annual event held
in September, as is the Gardens Gallery Walk, a free tour of over two
dozen galleries, museums, large sculptures and assortments of chalk art
located throughout Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.