Western Addition, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Western Addition, including LGBT Community Center, San Francisco Pride Festival and Nihonmachi Street Fair.
  • The best place in Western Addition San Francisco: LGBT Community Center

    LGBT Community Center

    1800 Market Street
    M-Th noon-10PM, F noon-6PM, Sa 9AM-6PM. The Center houses the offices of various community organizations, and has space for public events and meetings. The ground floor features a cafe space, and on the third floor there is a cyber center which offers an hour of free computer time.
    Mission food nearby
  • 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 eat nearby
  • Nihonmachi Street Fair

    Nihonmachi Street Fair

    This mid-August street fair has been celebrating San Francisco's Asian cultures and raising funds for community organizations since 1973.
    Western Addition restaurants nearby
  • Memphis Minnie's

    Memphis Minnie's

    576 Haight St
    Tu-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. $8-$14. Great southern-style barbecue and (oddly enough) sake. Amazing mac-n-cheese.
    Western Addition
  • Suppenküche

    Suppenküche

    525 Laguna St
    M-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10PM. For casual German food and service, beer -- of course -- served at shared tables.
    Western Addition
  • Jardiniere

    Jardiniere

    300 Grove St
    Dinner: Su-W 5PM-10:30PM, Th-Sa 5PM-11:30PM, hours are extended to accommodate neighborhood performances. $50-$150. French food in American style, quite pricey, great decor, appetizers, deserts, mixed reviews on entrees. They have both an "à la carte" and a "prix-fixe" menu.
    Downtown
  • Atherton House

    Atherton House

    1990 California St
    An 1881 Victorian mansion that was built for Mrs. Doming de Goni Atherton by an unknown architect. It was one of the first Queen Anne residences in San Francisco. It is reported to be haunted, and is a stop on the haunted tour of San Francisco.
    Pacific Heights food nearby
  • Linc Art Gallery

    1632C Market St
    Tu-Sa noon-6PM. Free. Lincart exhibits contemporary fine art and design at their gallery. Since its inception in 2000, it has exhibited over 50 shows, most of which were solo exhibitions from artists like Yayoi Kusama, Graham Gillmore, Tucker Nichols, and Pip Culbert.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Thread Lounge Designer Sample Sales

    381 Hayes Street
    M-Th 12PM-7PM, F-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Men's, women's, and kid's clothing at wholesale prices. Inventory changes constantly. Styles ranging from evening wear to yoga wear. Also a great place for jewelry, hats, purses, bags and gifts.
    Downtown
  • Doe

    629a Haight Street
    Local designer clothing and small gifts, mags, and a small fridge with drinks.
    Western Addition
  • Kinokuniya Bookstore

    1581 Webster Street
    If you're into Japanese books, magazines, or comic books (otherwise known as manga), then this is your place to be. The only San Francisco branch of the famous Japanese chain, Kinokuniya carries thousands of titles, including dozens in English. So a crash course in Japanese is not essential to shop here.
    Western Addition
  • Fillmore Auditorium

    1805 Geary Boulevard
    Hosts concerts and contemporary bands.
    Western Addition restaurants nearby
  • Kabuki Hot Springs

    1750 Geary Blvd
    Traditional Japanese-style onsen with full spa services. Communal baths are co-ed only one day per week, see calendar for details.
    Western Addition food nearby
  • Positively Haight Street

    1400 Haight Street
    Channel your inner hippie and peace out in this delightful hippie t-shirt shop.
    Haight-Ashbury
  • Oliviers & Co.

    2208 Fillmore St
    , 2208 Fillmore St (near Sacramento St), ☎ +1 415 474-1408, e-mail: customer.service@oliviersandco.com. M-Sa 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Boutique store that sells provincial olive and balsamic vinegars from all over the world — like Sicily and Haute Provence.
    Pacific Heights
  • Life

    604a Haight Street
    Exotic perfumes and aromatherapy oils, incense, bath beads, jewelery, purses, cards, and vaguely east Indian themed goods. Get some henna painted on your hands in the henna lounge.
    Western Addition
  • Sundance Kabuki 8 Theater

    1881 Post Street
    Home to the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, this state of the art theater features foreign and independent films, with beer and wine served in two of the theaters, and a bar with appetizers on the top floor. The Kabuki is at the western most end of the Japan Center mall, and the Kabuki Springs and Spa is at the other end, just a block from the Fillmore Auditorium on the other side of Geary Boulevard. The Miyako Hotel at Post and Laguna has a picturesque Japanese garden.
    Western Addition eat nearby
  • Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

    Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

    398 Hayes St
    Tu-W 11:30AM-midnight, Th-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 11AM-10PM. Restyles the rustic foods of southern France into sleek urban classics. Wonderful (expensive) cocktails based on 100-year old recipes. Not the cheapest place in town, but affordable and the quality of the food is an excellent value. A pretty, white-tablecloth setting and excellent service make this a lovely lunch spot. Avoid weekend evenings before 8PM, when crowds from the nearby theater district can mean a wait. And they now serve absinthe.
    Downtown
  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    1398 Haight Street
    Serves solid food and microbrews, including some excellent cask conditioned beers.
    Haight-Ashbury
  • Harry's Bar

    Harry's Bar

    2020 Fillmore St
    M-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa-Su 10AM-2AM. Good neighborhood bar in Pacific Heights with a casual atmosphere. Popular with local professionals.
    Pacific Heights
  • SPQR

    SPQR

    1911 Fillmore
    M-Tu 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10PM, W-Th 5PM-10PM, F 5PM-11PM, Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Beautiful European stylized restaurant with a great menu of Italian cuisine and wine, serving walk-ins only - keeping the clientèle local and less stuffy than reservation only dinning.
    Pacific Heights
  • Danny Coyle's

    Danny Coyle's

    668 Haight St
    M-Th 2PM-2AM, F 12PM-2AM, Sa-Su 7AM-2AM. Irish pub where the Guiness is served with a smile, and if you're lucky, an Irish accent to match.
    Western Addition
  • Squat & Gobble

    1428 Haight Street
    This is the chain's other Haight location.
    Western Addition
  • ZUNI Café

    ZUNI Café

    1658 Market St
    Zuni Cafe is a restaurant in San Francisco, California. Named after the Zuni tribe, it was established in 1979 by Billy West, and with chef Judy Rodgers. It is located on Market Street in San Francisco. Rogers was with Zuni as chef and co-owner since it was founded in 1987. Gilbert Pilgram joined Zuni Café as a co-owner in 2006."
    Downtown
  • Nopa

    Nopa

    560 Divisadero St
    A neighborhood gathering place. Serving urban-rustic woodfire cuisine.
    Haight-Ashbury
  • Annie's Bistro

    2819 California St
    M-W 5:30PM-9:30PM, Th 5:30PM-10:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-2:30PM. $25-$35. Great little bistro that has an extensive collection of Californian wines. The menu reflects the usual staples that you'd expect to find at a bistro like pain perdue, crepes, and crème brulee; however, it also has many more traditional Californian dishes as well.
    Pacific Heights
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