Welcome to San Francisco
An innovative and diverse community that’s the beating heart of Northern California
With stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay, eclectic San Francisco is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative cities in the country with world-class dining, eclectic entertainment, and boundless shopping, not to mention an abundance of parks for outdoor enthusiasts. From Treasure Island to Alcatraz Island, there are countless activities in which to partake and no shortage of fascinating, scenic, and awe-inspiring places to see, ensuring you’ll always have something to do.
San Francisco is widely known for its Gothic Revival and Victorian architecture, where colorful homes line the streets and your neighbors are constantly bustling past. Here you’ll love the open green spaces that are perfect for picnics, and the easy access to transit for quick commutes to your favorite local cafes and shops as well as the tech hubs in and around San Francisco.
What to Love
- One of the states most diverse, innovative communities
- Home to world-renowned attractions, such as Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge
- Marvelous architectural styles and tree-lined streets
San Francisco offers residents a dense urban feel, where the homes are tightly packed together and the streets in constant flow. It’s the perfect place for young professionals to call home, with incredible bars, pubs, and restaurants to enjoy after a long day of work. On the weekends, meet up with friends at the hottest spots in town to enjoy specialty cocktails, listen to live music, and hit the dance floor.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Start your dining adventures at the local favorite Souvla, a clean and fresh Greek restaurant that serves authentic fare in a bright, hip space. Ritual Coffee is another popular chain that locals frequent, with a number of locations spread out across San Francisco to ensure you’re getting that perfect cup of coffee every morning. And what good would a cup of coffee be without a delicious pastry from Tartine Bakery to go with it? For a fun night out with creative cocktails and a lively atmosphere, Nopa is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon and evening. And don’t forget to check out the sensational China Live, where you’ll enjoy a multi-course meal and marketplace. Other notable spots include Ebisu Restaurant and SPQR, though the list in this regard is as long as the city is beautiful. Yelp it for yourself, you’re sure to be impressed.
In San Francisco, you’ll have an abundance of places to shop for everything from casual day attire to a fancy cocktail outfit. Take a walk along Valencia Street for quaint, chic boutiques that never fail to disappoint. You’ll find one-of-a-kind articles that will undoubtedly become your next show-stopping pieces. Fillmore Street offers upscale shopping and dining, where luxury boutiques and designer brands are plentiful, while Hayes Valley is another fantastic place to shop, close to public transit for easy access and brimming with both small-owned shops and brand name stores.
Things to Do
You’ll never experience a dull moment in San Francisco, and that’s thanks to wonderful music and entertainment venues like The Great Northern and The Fillmore. Attend these concert halls to listen to the best local talent around, test your moves out on the dance floor, and enjoy specialty cocktails that will have you going back for seconds. There are also fantastic parks in the area that residents enjoy, one favorite amongst locals being Crissy Field. Here you’ll take in breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, hike to restored marshlands, and relax on the beach with a good book or friends. And of course, we can’t forget the exceptional Golden Gate Park, with 1,000-acres of green space that hikers, bikers, and music lovers can admire.
One such event that patrons can attend at the Golden Gate Park is the Outside Lands Music and Art Festival, where A-list celebrities come to perform. Similarly, Stern Grove brings in people of all ages to attend their outdoor musical festival series that’s been running for over 80 years. For a true taste of San Francisco, one should visit in the beginning of October when the Castro Street Fair takes over San Francisco with music, dance, art, and more to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ community.
Also be sure to check out Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Bay to Breakers, and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
San Francisco is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: