As the heart of the city, Downtown/Union Square is a never-ending stream of sights, sounds, smells, and places to shop (frugal wallets beware!). This neighborhood is known for 24-hour activity, whether you’re sipping early morning cappuccinos at a sidewalk cafe or on your third round of late-night drinks at a high-roller’s lounge. The bright lights of Downtown/Union Square act as a beacon for all those looking for a fast-paced urban atmosphere.See 160 places to stay Save this neighborhood
Downtown's Ceaseless Clamor
If cooking isn't your thing...no matter what you're looking for it's on Polk Street or on Van Ness. In addition to restaurants, there is plenty of nightlife in the area, [including] the famous Lush Lounge and McTeagues Saloon."
The Center of High-Class Shopping in San Francisco
This is a bustling commuter downtown area with a cross section of everyone in San Francisco. If you are not crazy about noise and activity, this might not be the place for you. But if you like being in the center of it all - you'll love it."
Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:
Marc Olivier Le Blanc specializes in commercial and editorial portrait photography. Although he's currently based in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, he returned to his native France to shoot Paris for this project through a traveler's eye. He always strives to turn both the ordinary and the unusual into something extraordinary.