"Best Neighborhood to Stay in San Francisco" Walk S.F. Tip by Consigliere99

Walk S.F., San Francisco: 35 reviews and 34 photos

Favorite thing: The best neighborhood to stay in is a difficult. Each San Francisco neighborhood really has it's own personality.

1. Telegraph Hill. If you want a neighborhood that is really walkable, I would suggest Telegraph Hill. This is the most historic neighborhood in the city. The historic homes are nice and the neighborhood is very safe. It provides plenty of good restaurants, bars and shops. It is also very close to North Beach(#2). Broadway has a lot of nightclubs on the weekends. The problem with this area is there are no real major hotels except at the very touristy Fisherman's Wharf area. Your best bet is either a B&B or a vacation rental. Ginsburg and Kerouac used to stay in a flat on Montgomery street. Don't forget about the wild parrots that sing in the streets.

2. North Beach is the historic Italian neighborhood. Plenty of good restaurants, bars and boutiques. Everything is walkable. This is DiMaggio's old neighborhood.

3. Russian Hill - Not as close to downtown as North Beach but nice.
4. Hayes Valley - Not walking distance to the Financial District but it's a nice little oasis in the city.

If you are GLBT friendly, the Castro is the obvious choice. However, the whole city is tolerant and open minded.

The Haight is a nice neighborhood but it's far from downtown and requires a car. It also has a strong hippie aspect.

The vrbo's seem to be a great value compared to the Tenderloin and Union Square hotels you trip over bums to get to.

Fondest memory: Mocha's from Bittersweet, Crustacean Crab, House of Prime Rib, Kara's Cupcakes, Blue Bottle, Mama's

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  • Written May 27, 2010
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