Financial District, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Financial District, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Cartoon Art Museum and Gump's.
  • The best place in Financial District San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

    San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

    151 3rd Street
    F-Tu 11AM-5:45PM, Th 11AM-8:45PM. $12.50 adults, $8 seniors, $7 students, free for children 12 and under. An innovative art museum with five floors of galleries featuring changing exhibitions as well as permanent displays featuring the works of some very famous 20th century artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and many others. Be sure to see the unique glass bridge on the 5th floor, perched high above the main lobby. Note that the museum is closing in June 2013 for major renovations. When it's done, it'll be bigger than the MOMA in NY.
    Financial District food nearby
  • Cartoon Art Museum

    Cartoon Art Museum

    655 Mission St
    $6 adults, $4 students/seniors, $2 children, age 5 and under free. A unique museum dedicated to cartoon art in all its forms.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Gump's


    135 Post Street
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su Noon-5PM. San Francisco's source of luxury housewares, from couches to crystal. Though famous names like Waterford appear on the shelves, the selection emphasizes home furnishings as art, often with an elegant Asian feel. The dominant style is not quite modernist but hardly middle-American traditional. It's difficult to do justice to a native's feelings toward Gump's without sounding like a bad marketing piece. This is the "look" that says one's parents and grandparents went to the right private schools. If your home looks like Gump's, you've not only "arrived" -- you've been here longer than just about anyone else. As well as housewares, Gump's sells jewelry, holiday decor, and the odd bit of upscale soap.
    Financial District
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum

    Contemporary Jewish Museum

    736 Mission Street
    F-Tu 11AM-5PM, Th 1PM-8PM. $10 adults, $8 seniors/students, free for youth 18 and under (Thursdays after 5PM: $5 for all visitors, still free for children 18 and under). Dedicated to Jewish history, art, and culture.
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  • Metreon


    101 4th Street
    This Sony Entertainment-sponsored mall/entertainment complex has some interesting shops (including an entire store devoted to the Sony Playstation), a 15-screen movie theater with an IMAX screen, and a video game parlor/arcade where you can drink and play virtual bowling. A food court on the lower level serves the convention area and is overwhelmed during lunch hours of the major conventions.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Wells Fargo History Museum

    Wells Fargo History Museum

    420 Montgomery St
    This interesting museum has many artifacts associated with the bank company, such as old stagecoaches.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • Britex


    146 Geary Street
    Arguably the largest fabric store on the west coast, filling four floors of a narrow building. Don't look for calicos for your quilting project: this is the land of luxury fabrics for faking couture at home. If you've ever wanted to make a cheap sweater look expensive by adding deluxe buttons, head straight for the third floor, where 30,000 styles await your approval (don't even think of touching a button - the clerks do that). Britex is also notable for selling remnants that are big enough for a real project.
  • The Beat Museum

    The Beat Museum

    540 Broadway
    M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-Su 10AM-10PM. $5. Features quite an extensive collection of exhibits, books and manuscripts that focus on Jack Kerouac and the literary Beat Generation. Plenty of books and T-Shirts for sale here as well.
    Chinatown eat nearby
  • California Historical Society Museum

    California Historical Society Museum

    678 Mission Street
    Changing exhibitions showing the history of the state.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • Zeum


    221 4th Street
    W-F 1PM-5PM, Sa-Su 11AM-5PM. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors, $8 children/teens, free for children under age 3. An arts and technology museum geared towards kids and families, with lots of interactive exhibits (some of them quite high-tech) giving you a chance to produce animation, video, sound, performance or visual arts.
    Financial District food nearby
  • Museum of Craft and Folk Art

    Museum of Craft and Folk Art

    51 Yerba Buena Lane
    M-Tu, Th–F 11AM–6PM, Sa-Su 11AM–5PM. $5 adults, $4 seniors, free for under 18. This is the only folk art museum in Northern California, known for a rich offering of focused and unique exhibitions of traditional and contemporary folk art and craft from around the world.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Yerba Buena Center For the Arts

    Yerba Buena Center For the Arts

    701 Mission St
    Tu-W, F-Su Noon–5PM, Th Noon–8PM. $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, free on the first Tuesday of each month. An interesting venue for local contemporary artists. Rotating exhibits, performances, and film screenings.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco Railway Museum and Gift Shop

    San Francisco Railway Museum and Gift Shop

    77 Steuart St
    Exhibits on the history of transportation in San Francisco, with an emphasis on rail systems.
    Financial District food nearby
  • $48 for the Gourmet Chocolate Tour and $72 for the Gourmet Chocolate and Wine Tour. Offering two gourmet tours of the neighborhood - the Gourmet Chocolate Tour and the Gourmet Chocolate and Wine Tour. Both tours will take you to some of the local businesses where you can sample their delicious fare.
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  • Chinese Culture Center

    Chinese Culture Center

    750 Kearny St, 3rd floor
    The center was established in order to promote understanding of Chinese and Chinese American history, art, and culture in the US. They have a small gallery with changing Chinese art exhibitions.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • One Market

    One Market

    1 Market St
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-2PM, Dinner: M-Sa 5:30PM-9PM. Organic food dishes.
    Financial District
  • Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

    Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

    661 Howard Street
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa Noon-11PM, Su 5PM-10PM. Brewpub meets tapas bar. Good beer brewed in-house, from very light lagers through a nice Kozlov Stout. One or two brews on nitrogen. Very good small-plate food with a Mediterranean / Spanish flair. Tuesday is cask-ale night - beer served from traditional wood cask instead of modern steel - while it lasts, which usually isn't very long.
    Financial District
  • Pacific Heritage Museum

    608 Commercial Street
    Exhibits on the art and culture of the peoples of the Pacific Rim.
    Financial District restaurants nearby
  • Embarcadero Center

    between Sacramento and Clay Streets running from the Embarcadero to Battery Street
    Spanning five city blocks, this center is one of the largest mixed-use centers in the Western United States. It has over 100 stores and a 5-screen movie complex.
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  • First Chinese Baptist Church

    15 Waverly Pl
    Established in the year 1880 as one of the oldest churches in the city, it is worth a visit. It was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, but rebuilt with the help of American Baptists across the US. It is known as a bilingual and bi-cultural church and its ministry has historically reached out to immigrants and newcomers.
    Chinatown eat nearby
  • San Francisco Shopping Center

    865 Market Street
    M-Sa 10AM-8:30PM, Su 11AM-7PM. This massive nine-floor Westfield-owned complex contains around 400 shops and restaurants, including some upscale places. Anchors for the mall include a Bloomingdale's, a Nordstorm, a Bristol Farms grocery, and a movie theater.
  • Transamerica Pyramid

    Montgomery and Washington
    San Francisco's tallest and most famous skyscraper, controversial when it opened, but now accepted. There used to be an unusual observation deck on the ground floor with 4 big TV monitors, showing live views of the city transmitted from cameras at the top of the building. They now have a happy worker at the bottom that tells you anything and everything you want to know about San Francisco and has some great stories. Then he tells you that they no longer have the 4 big TVs and are building a restaurant where you can view the city from inside.
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  • Stylers Art Gallery

    661 Jackson St
    M-F 11AM-5PM; Sa-Su 10:30AM-5:30PM. Free. Enjoy authentic Chinese artwork at this gallery. It has the biggest showroom (at basement level) for Chinese painting and calligraphy in China Town. They also offer classes in calligraphy for those who want to take their appreciation a step further.
    Chinatown eat nearby
  • Buddhas Universal Church

    720 Washington St
    At five stories tall, this is the largest Buddhist church in the US and is home to the largest Buddhist congregation in San Francisco. The altar was shaped to represent the ship of the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) and its teak-paneled walls are supposed to be the sails of the ship.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • The Purple Onion

    140 Columbus Ave
    Catch a show at this famous and influential cellar comedy club. It has hosted comedy greats such as a Mort Sahl, Phyllis Diller, Robin Williams, Lenny Bruce, and Woody Allen among others.
    Chinatown food nearby
  • Dragon House

    455 Grant Ave
    Sells genuine antiques and fine art from China, Japan, Tibet and Mongolia.
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