Nob Hill, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Nob Hill, including Cable Car Museum, Grace Cathedral and Chinese Historical Society of America Museum & Learning Center.
  • The best place in Nob Hill San Francisco: Cable Car Museum

    Cable Car Museum

    1201 Mason St
    Daily April-September: 10AM-6PM. Daily October-March: 10AM-5PM. Admission is free. Here you can see the mechanisms that drive San Francisco's famed cable cars, as well as plenty of cable car memorabilia and information on the history of the cable cars.
    Nob Hill food nearby
  • Grace Cathedral

    Grace Cathedral

    1100 California Street
    M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 7AM-7PM, cathedral holidays 8AM-4PM. The main Episcopalian church of the city, based on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. They request a donation and the tour is an hour long. You learn a lot but at times it is way too detailed.
    Nob Hill eat nearby
  • Chinese Historical Society of America Museum & Learning Center

    Chinese Historical Society of America Museum & Learning Center

    965 Clay St
    $3 adults, $2 students/seniors, $1 children. This is well worth a visit, with exhibits on the history and experience of Chinese immigrants to San Francisco over the past 150 years.
    Chinatown restaurants nearby
  • Lombardi's Sports

    Lombardi's Sports

    1600 Jackson Street
    M-W 10AM-7PM, Th-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM. A massive sporting goods store, with two floors of merchandise.
    Nob Hill
  • Union Square Theaters

    Union Square Theaters

    - the Marines Memorial Theater at 609 Sutter Street, play host to local, regional, and nationally renowned shows.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Local Tastes of the City Tours

    Local Tastes of the City Tours

    They offer an affordable $59 three hour tour of North Beach, starting at either 10AM or 2PM. You get to sample coffees, handmade chocolates, pastries, breads and olive oils. A historical lecture accompanies the tour and they will take you to some of the old Beat Generation hangouts. They also offer a separate three hour tour of Chinatown starting either 10AM or 2PM. Here you will get to sample Chinese Teas and Dim Sum, as well as see how fortune cookies are made at the Fortune Cookie Factory. Finally, they do a combined two hour night tour of both Chinatown and North Beach which starts at 6PM and also costs $59.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Velvet da Vinci

    2015 Polk Street
    Tu-Sa 12-6PM, Su 12-4PM. Established in 1991, the gallery shows contemporary jewelry by international artists and craft-based sculpture. Housed in an old furniture factory the gallery has 10 exhibitions a year and is a must see for fans of cutting-edge jewelry.
    Nob Hill
  • Grand Lodge F&AM of California

    1111 California Street
    In addition to the lodge room and corporate offices, this place also has a museum of Freemasonry.
    Nob Hill eat nearby
  • The Old First Church

    1751 Sacramento Street
    Ticket prices are typically $10-$15. The Old First Church has concerts F 8PM & Su 4PM, and some other evenings, throughout the year.
    Nob Hill restaurants nearby
  • You Say Tomato

    1526 California Street
    Tu-F 10AM-7PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. English food store that will appease the expats.
    Nob Hill
  • Argonaut Book Shop

    786 Sutter Street
    M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. The bookshelves here are any war buff's haven, with a treasure trove of books on the history of California and the American West. It also has good collections on the American Civil War, American railroads, regional Americana, antiques and maritime books.
  • Shakris Fine Asian Works of Art

    954 Bush Street
    This galley houses a broad collection of Asian antiques that span thousands of years of history. It has arts from China, Japan, India, Indonesia and Thailand among other countries. Popular categories include ceramics, paintings, metalwork, erotic art, carvings, and jade sculpture.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Masonic Auditorium

    1111 California Street
    Hosts many concerts and other special events.
    Nob Hill food nearby
  • Lumiere Theatre

    1572 California Street
    Screening independent films, foreign releases and documentaries.
    Nob Hill eat nearby
  • Harris'


    2100 Van Ness Ave
    Excellent steak house; luxurious dining (plush seats, table cloths, brass chandeliers, etc.).
    Nob Hill
  • Hi-Lo Club

    Hi-Lo Club

    1423 Polk Street
    Mon-Sat 4PM-2AM. A new venture by veterans of the Tenderloin bar scene. Nice, craft cocktails, signature house creations, and an impressive beer menu are set in a swanky new/old interior that intentionally has no TV.
  • Ristorante Milano

    Ristorante Milano

    1448 Pacific Ave
    M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-10PM. $9-$23. Pleasant Italian restaurant.
    Nob Hill
  • The Bigfoot Lodge

    The Bigfoot Lodge

    1750 Polk St
    Interesting decor (giant Bigfoot statue) and serving basic but decent drinks. Sometimes they light the bar on fire.
    Nob Hill
  • Hyde Street Bistro

    Hyde Street Bistro

    1521 Hyde Street
    French bistro.
    Nob Hill
  • Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel

    905 California St
    The Stanford Court Renaissance San Francisco is a Marriott Renaissance Hotel at 905 California Street on Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. The hotel is located between Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square and is directly on the cable car line. It has 393 rooms on eight floors. All the rooms have air conditioning, cable TV, and telephone. Each room sleeps a maximum of four people.
  • Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel

    Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel

    609 Sutter St
    Coordinates: 37°47′20.05″N 122°24′37.69″W / 37.7889028°N 122.4104694°W / 37.7889028; -122.4104694
  • Huntington Hotel

    Huntington Hotel

    1075 California St
    Coordinates: 37°47′29.52″N 122°24′43.61″W / 37.7915333°N 122.4121139°W / 37.7915333; -122.4121139
    Nob Hill
  • Front Room Pizza

    1550 California Street
    Su-W 11AM-11:45PM, Th 11AM-Midnight, F-Sa 11AM-12:45AM. Arguably the best pizza in Nob Hill.
    Nob Hill
  • Red Devil Lounge

    Red Devil Lounge

    1695 Polk St
    Good live music venue.
    Nob Hill
  • Zeki's Bar

    1319 California Street
    A step up from the Nob Hill Tavern.
    Nob Hill
  • The Fairmont San Francisco

    The Fairmont San Francisco

    950 Mason St
    The Fairmont San Francisco is a luxury hotel at 950 Mason Street, atop Nob Hill in San Francisco, California. The hotel was named after mining magnate and U.S. Senator James Graham Fair, by his daughters Theresa Fair Oelrichs and Virginia Fair Vanderbilt who built the hotel in his honor. The hotel was the vanguard of the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain. The group is now owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, but all the original Fairmont hotels still keep their names.
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