Cow Hollow

Brunch spots by day and bar hops by night, Cow Hollow is a well-traveled yet remarkably calm SF neighborhood.

Cow Hollow’s bustling main street attracts cafe dwellers, designer-label shoppers, the artistically inclined, and everyone in between. Brimming with modern restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, Cow Hollow is a San Franciscan treat. This neighborhood’s undeniable popularity ensures it's always crowded, and the nighttime is no different—rowdy packs of young party animals head to Cow Hollow’s numerous bars after dark.

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On the Map

Cow Hollow is bordered by Presidio, Marina, Pacific Heights, and Russian Hill

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Golden Gate Park: 38 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 21 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 38 minutes by public transit

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Young and Restless in Cow Hollow

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During the day, Cow Hollow's countless sidewalk cafes, boutique shops, and tilting apartments lend the neighborhood its haphazardly chic mystique.

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Cocktail bars and couture shops extend the length of Union street, Cow Hollow's commercial avenue.

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The Scene in Cow Hollow

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Cow Hollow caters to massive groups of recent graduates and young professionals.

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Nightlife in Cow Hollow is geared toward guzzling while looking good rather than sipping while looking sophisticated.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Odessa Shekar

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Originally trained as an architect, Odessa has shifted her passion to photography of all sorts. She specializes in family, children and newborn photography but enjoys pursuing architectural photography as well. She calls San Francisco home with her husband and daughter.

Michael Blumenfeld

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Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.