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Still showing its cultural roots as a historic jazz district- but now with a growing sense of upscale chic- the Fillmore remains San Francisco’s thumping musical heart.

History: Once known as the Harlem of the West and the center of the Summer of Love’s Fillmore sound, this neighborhood has hosted American music legends as distinguished and diverse as Billie Holliday, Sammy Davis Jr., Otis Redding, and Janis Joplin.

Don’t Miss: With clubs like the Boom Boom Room (formerly the historic Jack’s Tavern), and Sheba Piano Lounge, all within walking distance, it’s no wonder that this neighborhood hosts the free summer Fillmore Jazz Festival, the largest celebration of its kind on the West Coast. the famous Fillmore auditorium on Geary mixes some psychedelic rock into the neighborhood’s musical DNA, while farther up Fillmore Street, the neighborhood takes on a decidedly swankier tone with cozy boutiques like Nest. Trendy restaurant State Bird Provisions is nearly impossible to get into so why not comfort in wild boar sliders at Fat Angel or the crispy pot pie at the Grove Fillmore.