Some of the most visible and recognizable buildings of San Francisco’s skyline are here in the Financial District. The main business hub of the city, and home to a large number of corporations and financial institutions. In the thick of all the offices are plenty of opportunities for shopping or dining. Public parks are also in the area for relaxing or enjoying a lunch break outdoors.
Close to Muni and Bart stations, the Financial District is easy to get to with public transportation.
Transamerica Pyramid: One of the tallest buildings in San Francisco at 853 feet, this unique pyramid-shaped skyscraper is covered in crushed quartz giving it’s pure white color. Live video from the 27th floor is available in the lobby since the observation deck’s closing after 9/11.
The Ferry Building: Home to restaurants, small eateries, cookware specialty shops, and an independent bookstore. The interior was renovated in 2003, restoring the Ferry Building to its original grandeur and creating a luxurious open-market feel amongst the lofted ceiling. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, a robust Farmer’s Market offers a wide variety of fresh fruit and produce. Ferries still operate today, carrying thousands of commuters and tourists every day.
Justin Herman Plaza: Just across from the Ferry Building is a 4-acre community plaza. Things to see here include the Vaillancourt Fountain sculpture, music performances, craft markets, and at winter time an outdoor ice-skating rink.
Nearby Points of Interest
The Bay Bridge: Less than half a mile from the Ferry Building.
Coit Tower: In Telegraph Hill is thronged by trees at the top of Pioneer Park, and is located about two miles away.
AT&T Park: Located 1.5 miles south.