San Francisco is a big city with a LOT of neighborhoods. If you divide the city into quadrants, however, most of them are in the northeast quadrant. As a result, the northeast section of the city is generally regarded as “where the action’s at.” The majority of neighborhoods you’ve probably heard about are all located here. Places like Marina, where tech-savvy yuppies and college coeds mingle and flirt; Pacific Heights, where old money fights what some say is a losing battle against the influx of new wealth; Fisherman’s Wharf, where tourists and locals both gawk at the scenery and attractions; North Beach, San Francisco’s “red light district;” Haight-Ashbury, home of the hippie movement; and its neighbor Castro, the center of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered (LGBT) universe. Most of the tourist attractions (Chinatown, Japantown, and Fisherman’s Wharf, to name a few) are also located here.

However, other sections of the city also have offerings. San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Zoo are both in the southwestern quadrant of the city, as is Lake Merced and its recreational area. The southeastern quadrant is where Candlestick Park (home of the San Francisco 49ers) is located. Finally, the northwestern quadrant has Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Also, not all the locations of interest are in the city. Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, for example, are both north of San Francisco proper.

San Francisco Neighborhoods Map

Northwest (NW): Golden Gate Park, Presidio, Richmond, Sea Cliff
Northeast (NE): Chinatown, Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, Japantown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Pacific Heights, South of Market, South Beach, Tenderloin, Western Addition
Southwest (SW): Castro, Haight-Ashbury, Merced, Parkside, Sunset, Twin Peaks
Southeast (SE): Bayview, Excelsior, Hunter’s Point, Mission, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley

The Boneyard
City Lights Bookstore
Cliff House
Coit Tower
Finn’s Emporium
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park
Hall of Justice
Invasion Comics
Koad Uaine
Lombard Street
Mission Dolores
Native American Cultural Center
Nob Hill Masonic Center
Onyx Gate
Public Health Services Hospital
San Francisco State University
San Fracisco Zoo
Seven Hills of San Francisco, The
US Customs Warehouse 13

Main Page


Shadows of The City JohnThompson JohnThompson