Financial District

Professionals in business suits rush about this 9-to-5 neighborhood anchored by classic grills and bright diners.

The Financial District is responsible for San Francisco’s most recognizable skyline. Beneath the cluster of towers, businesspeople zip through the Financial District’s sleek revolving doors. In this core San Francisco neighborhood, weekdays fly by as suits and cell phones speed walk past shoppers and vendors. If you wander into the Financial District post-happy hour or on the weekend and you’re wondering where all the people went, find them at the Embarcadero’s Ferry Building, a popular neighborhood hangout.

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On the Map

Financial District is bordered by Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, Downtown, Nob Hill, SoMa, and South Beach

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic or 51 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 54 minutes by public transit
Fisherman's Wharf: 17 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 10 minute walk

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Strictly Business in San Francisco's Financial Core

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Towering high-rises and repeating windows characterize San Francisco's Financial District, a neighborhood that functions on dollars and cents.

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Organic infrastructure still finds a way to grow inside this glass and marble wilderness.

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Taking a break in the Financial District might mean a stolen moment on a concrete bench.

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Or a stolen hour for a business lunch.

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Power Lunches With a Purpose

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The Financial District is filled with small shops, kiosks, and food trucks catering to hungry professionals on tight schedules.

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The Fun Side of the Financial District

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Head down to the Embarcadero's Ferry Building to escape the suits in the Financial District.

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Inside, you'll find artisanal boutiques, cafes, and kitsch shops.

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Outside, you'll find skaters, joggers, and street performers.

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Your streetcar awaits.


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

Aubrie Pick

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Born and raised in LA, Aubrie Pick moved to San Francisco a decade ago to attend the Art Institute. She's called the Mission home since 2005, and loves nothing more than drinking morning coffee from Four Barrel while watching her dog romp in Dolores Park. Some of her other clients include California Home + Design Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, SPIN, Mix Magazine, and

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.