San Francisco is full of neighborhoods that I love to visit over and over again: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, and Chinatown, to name a few. However, I also love to explore and discover new, less-touristed areas and neighborhoods. For that, Union Street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood definitely fits the bill.
Not to be mistaken for Union Square, Union Street – especially between Gough and Fillmore – is lined with one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, wine bars, and more, most of which are housed in beautifully restored, historic Victorian-style homes and buildings.
If you’re hungry, there are many restaurants on this street to choose from, including, The Italian Homemade Company, a local SF chain that makes their own pasta from scratch daily, right in the front window.
Spend an afternoon or evening popping in and out of the shops, stopping for a cup of coffee and pastry at one of the several cafes, and absorbing the mellow, unhurried atmosphere of this fun, funky shopping district.
- I love to walk in San Francisco; however, some of the hills can be daunting. If you come to one that looks especially insurmountable – just walk a block or two down and see if you can find an optional street that’s a bit more doable.
- No matter what time of year you’re there, always bring a sweatshirt or light jacket; it can be chilly in the “City By the Bay” all year round, especially once the sun sets.