Cow Hollow

Busy by day and rowdy by night, Cow Hollow is a well-traveled San Francisco hotspot.

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 Russian Hill, Marina, Pacific Heights, and Presidio

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 neighborhood is vibrant and alive.  There are fun places nearby and practical ones too - you can get a quick blow dry, buy wine, get a facial, inexpensive jewelry (expensive, too, if you want!) or just sit in a beautiful cafe bar and eat $1 fresh oysters at Happy Hour while planning your evening."
Enjoy the outdoors? Take an easy stroll to Marina Green and Crissy Field for stunning views of the bridge. Rent a bike and take a cruise through Fort Mason, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and Chinatown."

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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All of San Francisco is at your fingertips.  A three-minute walk North gets you to Chestnut Street with boutiques, restaurants, a grocery store, movie theatres and a gym. A three-minute walk East gets you to Union Street with more boutiques, restaurants and an organic market."


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.