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San Francisco Marriott Union Square

480 Sutter Street · San Francisco, California 94108 USA

Things To Do in San Francisco

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Local's Guide to San Francisco

Step into San Francisco's historic neighborhoods, or enjoy a more modern party scene. The City on the Bay has it all, and you're sure to find plenty to do. From the beautiful scenes of Chinatown to the raucous, gritty feel of Sixth Street, there truly is something for everybody in California's City by the Bay.


  • Bustling neighborhood features tightly packed traditional Chinese restaurants, temples, street vendors and shops.
  • Perfect place to shop for exotic gifts.

North Beach

  • Home to some of San Francisco's most authentically delicious Italian food, known as "Little Italy."
  • Great place to stop for a gelato with plenty of sidewalk cafés, or take visit historic City Lights Bookstore on Columbus.

Castro District

  • Home to a predominately gay and lesbian community, as well as excellent bakeries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars.
  • Features Castro Theatre, a historic art deco movie palace showing independent films from around the world.

Fisherman's Wharf

  • Great for family fun, and perfect for early morning walks down "Fish Alley" to view local fisherman at their trade.
  • The Wharf features boardwalk-style, family-friendly entertainment and multiple unique museums, including Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Financial District

  • All six of San Francisco's Fortune 500 companies, including McKesson, Wells Fargo, PG&E Corporation, GPA, URS Corporation and Charles Schwab, are located in this bustling district, easily recognized by one of the tallest buildings in the city, the Transamerica Pyramid.


  • This historic area that was the city's center for 1960s psychedelia still has a unique atmosphere to this day.
  • While it still maintains a counter-cultural sentiment and feel, modern shops like The Gap and Ben and Jerry's have moved in.


  • Gorgeous architecture and a rich culture make Japantown an ideal place for shopping and playing.
  • Features cultural events like the Cherry Blossom Festival.


  • Excellent party scene and shopping opportunities, and provides excellent views of the San Francisco Bay.
  • Mariana Green is a popular spot for walking, running and outdoor activities.

Mission District

  • A hipster and foodie vibe, this neighborhood showcases colorful culture and is home to a bundle of famous street art.
  • Excellent place to enjoy authentic Latino cuisine and is home to the oldest structure in San Francisco.

Nob Hill

  • Upscale San Francisco at its finest; Nob Hill is home to ritzy shops, boutiques and cocktail lounges.
  • Broad array of landmarks, one of the city's most iconic areas. Features dive bars and enormous nightclubs.

Pacific Heights

  • Noteworthy as one of San Francisco's more exclusive hotspots, Pacific Heights has beautiful parks and gorgeous mansions.
  • Upscale markets and shops, including Shabby Chic, Kiehl's and Betsey Johnson.


  • This national park is within the boundaries of the city and is a perfect activity for guests with an appreciation for history and the outdoors.
  • Hosts exhibits, after-school programs and guided walking tours.

Sea Cliff

  • Affluent neighborhood, home to jaw-dropping views of the city, the bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Corporate executives, well-known musicians, movie starts and politicians reside here.

San Francisco's variety of historic neighborhoods offers our guests a never-ending prismatic rainbow of cultural diversity, stunning nightlife and locally flavored events and festivals.


  • Sprawling South of Market district, great dance opportunities in an industrial, warehouse-type atmosphere.
  • Unique bar experiences and a perfect place to get designer labels, furniture and fabrics on sale.

Union Square

  • The place to go for upscale shopping in San Francisco, with stores such as Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Emporio Armani, Prada, Gucci and Diesel.
  • Plenty of affordable boutiques, as well as flower stands and colorful street performers.

Personalized Travel Experience

At the San Francisco Marriott Union Square we believe there is no other city quite like ours! But, how can you live like a local when you only have a short time in the city? Ask a local.

San Francisco Marriott Union Square helps you make the most of your San Francisco stay by sharing some of our favorite picks and insider tips. Start with a locals dining and drink experience in Bin480, then head out on the town to visit diverse landmarks, unique attractions and historical sites, along with premier shopping and unparalleled dining.

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