SoMa Travel Guide
Bankers, first dates, and everyone in between find their way to the softly lit spot in this Beaux Arts hotel. The namesake Maxfield Parrish mural glows over the bar.
In 2011, the onetime Zeum morphed into a more inclusive children’s museum, now geared for kids age three to twelve. The expansion added updated technology activities, like green-screen video-making—but the 1906 carousel out front spins with old-school charm.
This collection celebrates the cultures and histories of people of African descent scattered around the world, from the Caribbean to South America. It’s heavy on multimedia exhibits, such as videos, music, and audio narratives.
Located in the historic Hearst building close to Union Square, Thomas A. Goldwasser Rare Books rare books and manuscripts ranging in topic from travel to Europen literature, even music.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has been the premier West Coast spot for modern art since 1935, with over 27,000 works from Modernists and contemporary artists. Mario Botta's iconic building is a work of art in itself, with an oculus skylight, banded turret, and soaring atrium.
Located in the SoMa district, Temple is an Asian-inspired, eco-friendly nightclub in the Zen Compound entertainment complex.
The dramatic new building is situated on a stubbornly bleak stretch of Mission Street. Designed by Thom Mayne, of the L.A. firm Morphosis, this is probably the most visible symbol of the new San Francisco.
What draws so many customers to K&L Wine Merchants in the SOMA district is more often the merchants than the wine.
Think the Brooklyn Academy of Music meets Mass MoCA, all under one roof.