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826 Valencia

Attractions, Shops

Local literary lion Dave Eggers opened this non-profit kids' writing centre in 2002, an essential destination for those travelling with young aspiring...

826 Valencia Street
FreeMajor venue

Cable Car Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

The sight most often associated with San Francisco is its cable cars. The best way to study them is to ride one, but at this entertaining museum you can...

1201 Mason Street
Free

Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption

Attractions

Dominating the skyline, the exterior of this 1970 cathedral is stark, a flowing, sculptural structure (some say it resembles the blades of a washing...

1111 Gough Street
Free

Chinese Culture Center

Attractions

Linked to Portsmouth Square by a footbridge and located on the third floor of a Hilton hotel, the Center hosts a variety of events, including Asian-themed...

Hilton Hotel, 3rd floor
Free

City Hall

Attractions

Built in 1915 to designs by Arthur Brown and John Bakewell, City Hall is the epitome of the Beaux Arts style visible across the whole Civic Center. The...

1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place (Polk Street)
FreeMajor venue

Columbarium

Attractions

This round, domed neo-classical rotunda is honeycombed with hundreds of niches, all filled with lavishly and individualistically decorated cremation urns....

1 Loraine Court
Free

Fort Point

Attractions

The spectacular brick-built Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 to protect the city from a sea attack. The assault never came; the 126 cannons...

Marine Drive
FreeMajor venue

Hyde Street Pier

Attractions

Maritime fans, students of history and children will love the historic vessels permanently docked here. Typical of the ships that would have been common...

At the foot of Hyde Street
Free

Marine Mammal Center

Attractions

Visit the sea lions and sea otters at this non-profit centre, which rescues sick or stranded animals, nurtures them back to health and returns them to the...

1065 Fort Cronkhite (Visitor Centre 1049)
Free

Musée Mécanique

Critics' choice
Museums

Pack a pocketful of quarters before you visit this wonderful museum, a vintage arcade housing more than 170 old-fashioned coin-operated gizmos dating from...

Pier 45
Free

Octagon House

Art, Attractions, Museums

The 1861 Octagon House is home to the small Museum of Colonial and Federal Decorative Arts, but is most notable as one of two surviving examples of...

2645 Gough Street
Free

Old St Mary's Cathedral

Attractions

Much early missionary work, and the city's first English lessons for Chinese immigrants, took place under this 19th-century building's foreboding clock...

660 California Street
Free

Pacific Heritage Museum

Art, Museums

Once the city's mint, this structure is now a Bank of Canton and also a museum. Emphasising San Francisco's connections with the Pacific Rim, the museum...

608 Commercial Street
Free

Randall Museum

Attractions, Museums

This small museum offers panoramic views of the city and hands-on fun for pre-teens, including an exhibit where they can create their own earthquake....

199 Museum Street
Free

Rincon Center

Art, Attractions, Museums

The lobby (facing Mission Street) of this art deco post office-cum-residential and office tower has intriguing WPA-style murals. Painted in 1941 by the...

101 Spear Street
Free
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