So you’ve finally arrived at The City by the Bay and managed to book a room or two at the Hotel Majestic downtown. You and your friends can finally spend your vacation in earnest, but with so many things to do here, it’s hard to pick your first stop. It’s best to narrow down your choices of the hottest sights based on the following categories:
There is a reason why there are so many downtown hotels in San Francisco; this area is one giant hub for shoppers. The Crocker Galleria, located in the Financial District, is three stories’ worth of gift shops, boutiques, retail stores, and restaurants that can surely cater to various tastes. On the other hand, the Civic Center is home to Kaplan’s Surplus and Sporting Goods, which has been accommodating those with a penchant for sports and the great outdoors for more than 60 years now.
The South of Market (SoMa) can also be worth a look as it is one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in San Francisco. Originally just an extension of the San Francisco village in 1847, SoMa is rapidly becoming a small technology and financial hub downtown. Here you can find various software, hardware, and electrical products.
Music and Arts
If you have a passion for the visual arts, the San Francisco Modern Art Museum (SFMOMA) should never be missed. Here you can see the various works of Henri Matisse, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Eliot Noyes in the fields of painting, photography, and architectural design, respectively. The SFMOMA building itself is currently closed for expansion, although its displays are dispersed throughout the many venues in the city.
The city is also known to hold free music concerts every Sunday. Indie bands and the Golden Gate Park Band regularly perform here as a tradition. Attending a San Francisco Chamber Orchestra concert is also worth considering, especially if they’re performing in some of the hotels in San Francisco CA.
Dining is arguably the aspect where downtown San Francisco shines the brightest, thanks to its nature as a melting pot of foreign and local cultures. Nearly everything from Japanese to Mexican to good ol’ fashion seafood can be found here if you know where to look. Prices may vary greatly depending on where you eat, but it just goes to show how downtown San Francisco can satisfy any appetite, regardless of your budget.