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Union Street

History: Cow Hollow was once a pastoral landscape of vegetable gardens and cattle-grazing land that produced food for the city. The cows themselves were banished from the district in 1891 to address public health concerns, but the name stuck. A...

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The Presidio and Crissy Field

Wandering through the old barracks of the Presidio or among the dunes of Crissy Field, it's easy to forget that you're in one of America's most densely packed cities. History: Watching over the mouth of San Francisco Bay, the Presidio was re...

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The Marina

Upscale and fun-loving, the Marina is shorthand among locals for of-the-moment boutiques and bars. But it's also bursting with cultural landmarks and occupies one of the city's most picturesque stretches of waterfront. History: Following the...

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Fisherman’s Wharf & Pier 39

Your gateway to the bay, this is the best place to hop on a ferry or a sightseeing tour- or to enjoy everything the bay has to offer from the comfort of a shop or chowder house. History: Perhaps more than any other neighborhood, Fisherman's ...

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Russian Hill and Polk Gluch

History: Russian Hill earned its name from a cluster of Cyrillics crawled gravestones found there in the 1850's, while Polk Gulch first emerged as a burgeoning gay neighborhood in the '70s and today is booming with new nightlife spots. Don't...

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Nob Hill

The historic nesting ground of San Francisco's rich and famous, this neighborhood- dotted with luxury hotels and upscale apartment buildings- still looks the part. History: In the late 19th century, this is where San Francisco's nouveau gent...

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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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