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T+L's Definitive Guide to San Francisco

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Photo: Alanna Hale

Lay of the Land

Union Square: Big-name luxury boutiques border this central plaza downtown.

Mission District: The fast-gentrifying neighborhood is known for its Latino culture and standout restaurants and bars.

Hayes Valley: A stone’s throw from the opera and symphony hall, Hayes Street is chockablock with chic shops and cafés.

Pacific Heights: Come to this mansion-filled hilltop for postcard-worthy views of the city.

SoMa: This sprawling area includes a plethora of museums, destination restaurants, and the ballpark, all amid a sea of parking lots and highway ramps.

Getting Around

Taxis and public transportation are plentiful—the BART light rail system, Muni trains and buses, and the city’s cable cars can get you most places.

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