South Of Market, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in South Of Market, including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Davies Symphony Hall and Asian Art Museum.
  • The best place in South Of Market 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
  • Davies Symphony Hall

    Davies Symphony Hall

    201 Van Ness Ave
    Box Office: M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa noon-6PM Performances: W-Su usually 8PM or 8:30PM with Sa-Su matinee 2PM, See website for exact schedule. $10-$50. San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor. The Season goes from September to April, with a break in the middle of December and January. When the San Francisco Symphony is on tour, other orchestras visit to fill the void. In July there is a "Summer in the City" program of light music; August is quiet. Opened in 1980, the building's sweeping wraparound architecture was elegantly designed to compliment the other buildings in the War Memorial complex. Inside, the building was designed to maximize acoustical tones with the exterior glass wall being used as a backdrop to capture sound. To further enhance and refine the sound it has adjustable acrylic acoustical panels around the stage area. There are circa 2,700 seats inside.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Asian Art Museum

    Asian Art Museum

    200 Larkin St
    Tu-Su 10AM-5PM (with extended evening hours every Th until 9PM) Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. First Sunday of every month: Free, Adults: $12, Seniors 65 and older with ID: $8, College students with ID and youths ages 13 through 17: $7, Children 12 and under and SFUSD students with ID: Free, Th evenings at a reduced rate ($5) after 5PM. Built in 1917, and formerly the old library building, this building is a fantastic blend of "Beaux Arts" and modern design elements. It was designed by renowned architect Gae Aulenti (architect of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris). Inside, you'll find many interesting architectural details including the grand staircase, loggia, vaulted ceilings, the great hall, stone floors, period light fixtures, and inscriptions. The museum is one of the largest and newest museums of Oriental art. It has circa 15,000 artifacts covering 6,000 years of Asian history. The Asian Art Museum hosts many special exhibits as well.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Great American Music Hall

    Great American Music Hall

    859 O'Farrell St
    Shows: Hours Vary Box Office: M-F 10:30AM-6PM, Show Nights 10:30AM-9PM, Closed Sa-Su (except during shows - opens 1 hour before show time). Ticket prices vary by act but typically run from $10-$30. Reputed to be the city's oldest nightclub, this ornate 600 capacity music venue presents hip music acts, some well-known among the cognoscenti, some so cutting edge that there's blood on the pavement. In the 1930s, this was fan-dancer Sally Rand's "Music Box." The interior, which was designed by a French architect, is known for its ornate balconies and columns.
    Downtown 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
  • Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

    99 Grove St
    The auditorium is not open to visitors or for tours, but only during event times which vary. Price varies depending on act. This four-story tall, "Beaux-Arts" style building occupies an entire city block in the heart of the Civic Center and has 7,000 seats inside. Large and small bands, exhibits, concerts, and galas are all hosted at the Civic Auditorium. Check Ticketmaster to see what's playing [2].
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco Giants Baseball Club

    San Francisco Giants Baseball Club

    24 Willie Mays Plz
    Giants tickets range from $10 to over $100, depending on section and date of game. Ballpark tours $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. One of the building projects that revitalized this area, the stadium is an imposing brick edifice that has all the necessary modern amenities, such as beer and Wi-Fi. It looks out upon San Francisco Bay, which makes a fine backdrop for those home runs that splash into McCovey Cove. On days where there are no Giants home games, public tours of the ballpark are available at 10:30AM and 12:30PM.
    South Of Market food nearby
  • Williams Sonoma

    Williams Sonoma

    340 Post Street
    While it is technically a national chain, the Union Square store is the flagship store, and it's a cathedral to the gracious kitchen. Acres of housewares gleam beneath twin spiral stairs that lead to the land of crystal and tablecloths. This isn't your mother's mall-store Williams Sonoma. There are usually pretty good free samples being passed out, too.
    Downtown
  • San Francisco Ballet

    San Francisco Ballet

    455 Franklin St
    Box Office: M-F 10AM-4PM (10AM until start of performance on performance dates Performances: T-Su usually 8PM or 7:30PM with Sa-Su matinee 2PM. $18-$250. The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Starbucks

    1390 Market St
    M-F 5AM-8:30PM, Sa-Su 6AM-8:30PM. Ubiquitous Starbucks set just behind the Civic Center Plaza, so another convenient place to enjoy a coffee pre or post performance.
    Downtown
  • San Francisco Symphony

    San Francisco Symphony

    Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave
    Box Office: M-F 10AM-6PM, Sa noon-6PM Performances: W-Su usually 8PM or 8:30PM with Sa-Su matinee 2PM, See website for exact schedule. $10-$50. San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor. The Season goes from September to April, with a break in the middle of December and January. When the San Francisco Symphony is on tour, other orchestras visit to fill the void. In July there is a "Summer in the City" program of light music; August is quiet. Opened in 1980, the building's sweeping wraparound architecture was elegantly designed to compliment the other buildings in the War Memorial complex. Inside, the building was designed to maximize acoustical tones with the exterior glass wall being used as a backdrop to capture sound. To further enhance and refine the sound it has adjustable acrylic acoustical panels around the stage area. There are circa 2,700 seats inside.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Gump's

    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
  • DNA Lounge

    DNA Lounge

    375 11th St
    There is usually a cover between $3 and $25 (for the bands). The DNA Lounge is a 2-story club which often caters to the geekier "digerati" crowd. One of the founders is Jamie Zawinski, a former Netscape superstar and Internet nabob. Events feature themed electronica dance nights (Industrial, Techno, Trance, etc.) and live bands.
    Mission
  • Red and White Fleet

    Red and White Fleet

    Pier 43 1/2
    Cruise times vary — see website. Bay Cruise: Adults $22, children/teens (5-17) $16. Sunset Cruise: Adult (18+) $48; and Youth (5-17) $34. SF Explorer Cruise: Adults $34, children/teens (5-17) $22. They offer a 1 hour "Golden Gate Bay Cruise" which goes under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz, a 2 hour "California Sunset Cruise" which goes around Angel Island, and a 90-minute "SF Explorer Cruise" which goes under the Bay Bridge toward SoMa.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • 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.
    Financial District restaurants 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 food nearby
  • War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

    War Memorial and Performing Arts Center

    401 Van Ness Ave
    Tour hours: M 10AM-2PM — on the hour. Free. This 7.5 acre complex comprises the War Memorial Opera House, Memorial Court, the War Memorial Veterans Building (including Herbst Theatre and the Green Room, which is a classically styled reception hall), the Harold L. Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall, and Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The opera house and the veterans buildings (which are for the most part identical), along with the court, were intended to be appreciated in unison, and to compliment the surrounding architecture of the Civic Center. Their "Beaux-Arts" structures employ the Roman Doric Order and were designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr. Both buildings were completed in 1932. Guided tours of the buildings are available.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • City Hall

    City Hall

    1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl
    Management@sfgov.org. Brochures are available for visitors to take a self-guided tour: M-F 8AM-8PM Docent led tours: M–F 10AM, noon, 2PM. Tours: Self guided and docent led tours are free unless you're a private group of eight or more persons. Designed by Arthur Brown Jr., and opened in 1915, the architecture of the building was heavily influenced by the "City Beautiful Movement," which in turn reflected the American Renaissance style of the time. Its "Beaux-Arts" dome (the fifth largest in the world) was modeled after that of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy. The building itself is huge, 393 feet long, by 273 feet wide, and 307 feet high — occupying a full two blocks of San Francisco's downtown real estate. It is considered by many admirers to be the most impressive building in the city. Inside, it features a large rotunda with a grandiose staircase leading up to the second floor. The walls are adorned with oak paneling and the ceilings with crystal chandeliers. City Hall is the site of much history — In 1954 Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe wed here. In 1978, Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated here.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

    San Francisco Public Library - Main Library

    100 Larkin St
    Su noon-5PM, M 10AM-6PM T-Th 9AM-8PM, F noon-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM; Tour Hours: Offered on the first Tuesday of every month at noon. Internet: Free Tours: Free. Completed in 1995 at a cost of $109 million, the main library branch is over 375,000 square feet of modern architecture. It has seven floors, over 2,000 seats, and an impressive foyer that has a five story high atrium. At the top of the atrium is a bright sky-light and a roof terrace.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Fleur De Lys

    Fleur De Lys

    777 Sutter St
    M-Th 6PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM. $72-$170. This windowless Michelin Star restaurant is one of the finest formal French restaurants in the US and it frequently wins awards. The service is excellent and the food exceptional. They have a "prix-fixe" menu and over 700 wines to choose from.
    Downtown
  • San Francisco Pride Festival

    San Francisco Pride Festival

    Final full weekend in June: Sa noon-6PM, Su noon-7PM. Free (donations encouraged). Known as "San Francisco Pride" for short, it's one of the largest gay pride festivals in North America, a huge, happy, chaotic celebration of diversity, politics, sexuality, and San Francisco wackiness. The two day festival grew up around the parade (below) which takes place on Sunday. Some seven city blocks between City Hall and Market St are closed to vehicles, and about a dozen stages and spaces offer everything from square dancing to hip-hop, from a family garden to Leather Alley. Hundreds of businesses, community groups, non-profits, and political groups attempt to connect with hundreds of thousands of celebrants. It's a movement, it's a market, and it’s a party. Car and bus traffic is interrupted during the celebration, and parking is even worse than usual; take BART or Muni trains (which run underground, and put on extra cars to carry the load) instead. Both parade and celebration are for everyone — straight as well as gay are welcome.
    South Of Market restaurants nearby
  • Glide Memorial Church

    Glide Memorial Church

    330 Ellis St
    M 7AM-2:30AM, Tu,Th 7AM-11:45PM, W,F 7AM-11PM, Sa-Su 7AM-1:30PM. Free. Famous for its gospel music, as well as for its inner-city missions, the church is a pillar of this community and plays a vital role in Tenderloin day-to-day life; anyone truly trying to understand the area should visit here. Sunday services are a major musical event attracting crowds, and yes, even long lines to get in!
    Downtown food nearby
  • Beach Blanket Babylon

    Beach Blanket Babylon

    Club Fugazi, 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd
    W-Th 8PM, F-Sa 6:30PM and 9:30PM, Su 2PM and 5PM (Matinees). $25-$73. This zany Steve Silver cabaret is the longest running musical revue in US theater history. The show is an internationally acclaimed San Francisco institution, and famous for its use of enormous hats, some of which are up to ten feet tall! It has even been seen by Queen Elizabeth.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Metreon

    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 restaurants 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 food nearby
  • Heart of the City Farmer’s Market

    Heart of the City Farmer’s Market

    United Nations Plaza
    Su 7AM-5PM, W 7AM-5:30PM. Free. The farmer's market held Sundays and Wednesdays offers a less expensive alternative to the yuppie Ferry Building Farmer's Market, though it helps if you're seeking the ingredients for Asian food. On other days, there are often tents with vendors selling jewelry, scarves, clothing, snacks, house wares, and who-knows-what. The fun is in the surprises.
    Downtown eat nearby
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