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North Beach and Telegraph Hill

San Francisco's Little Italy, North Beach is so much more than that- it's a cultural pastiche of Old Italia, Barbary Coast bawdiness, and beatnik cool. And all that ruckus is just a short (albeit very steep) hike from the quiet outlook of Teleg...

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SoMa

Where hip meets high culture, South of Market is also home to tech companies like Dropbox, Airbnb, Zynga, and uncountable startups. History: Now replete with upscale lofts and towering high-rises, SoMa was known for much of the 2oth century ...

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Dogpatch

History: Real estate speculation in San Francisco is as old as the city itself. With the discovery of gold in California in 1848, John Townsend, a former mayor of San Francisco, oped to lure prospectors to his tracts of land on Potrero Hill and...

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Bernal Heights

Once a sleepy hilltop village, Bernal Heights has become one of the city's most in-demand locales over the last 10 years, a slightly offbeat sister neighborhood to the nearby Mission. History: Bernal Heights started out as a sleepy farming n...

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The Mission

History: The Mission is named for Mission Dolores (formally known as Mision San Francisco de Asis), founded by Spanish priest in 1776-making it the oldest building in San Francisco and the oldest mission chapel still standing in California. Val...

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Chinatown

The most densely packed neighborhood in San Francisco is every bit as lively, flavorful, and action-packed as you've heard. History: When Chinatown burned to the ground after the 1906 earthquake, bigoted city officials tried to relocate the ...

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The Tenderloin

Make no mistake: This is the city's down and dirty side, and it's neither shy nor ashamed of it. Still, for those brave (and cautious) enough to venture down its funky but somehow charming streets, there are treasures to be found. History: N...

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Union Square

History: A public park as old as the city itself (originally used for sandlot baseball games), Union Square was later named for the pro-Northern rallies that assembled here throughout the Civil War, sparked by the Unitarian minister whose churc...

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The Financial District and Jackson Square

Clustered on either side of the landmark Transamerica Pyramid, these districts are all business on the outside. But among the skyscrapers and historic warehouses, plenty of gems are waiting to be found. History: Some of the brick buildings o...

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The Embarcadero and South Beach

Stretching along the water and offering unobstructed views of the bay, this area is one of the best in the city for a walk, jog, or bike ride. Of Course, food, drink, and entertainment take top billing here, too. History: Now one of the most...

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