Whether you want to delve into the city’s history, shop till you drop, museum hop or take in a ball game, you’ll find it all in this local’s guide to four of San Francisco’s neighbourhoods.
Union Square is the name of San Francisco’s central shopping, hotel, and theatre district. The square itself – which is named after the rallies supporting the Union Army during the Civil War – benefitted from millions of dollars of redevelopment spending in recent years and now incorporates a stage for live performance.
Union Square is home to speakeasies such as Bourbon & Branch, a 1920s-style affair that nods to Prohibition-era America.
Housed in a listed building that dates from 1920, the Sir Francis Drake hotel is famous for its red-costumed Beefeater doormen. It oozes old world charm and elegance, with grand staircases, soaring gilded ceilings, marble walls, and crystal chandeliers. For cocktails, there’s a glamorous nightclub on the 21st floor, or experience a fun ‘drag brunch’ on Sundays.