Union Square & Convention Center
In the heart of the city, Union Square bustles with boutique shops, theatres and restaurants. It's also a convenient base for exploring the rest of the city. South of Market is the SOMA District and the Moscone Convention Center. A stay here puts you within walking distance of cultural institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Yerba Buena Center &Gardens and the Metreon. BART stations to airports and Muni bus stops are nearby.
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East of Union Square off Geary Street is Japantown in the Fillmore district. The centerpiece is the Japan Center Mall's five-story pagoda in Peace Plaza, which looks like a stack of wide umbrellas topped by an antenna. Choose from a handful of Asian-influenced hotels for quiet and understated comfort. A stay here is convenient for cutting-edge art galleries and the haute couture shops of Hayes Valley.
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A cable car ride from Powell and Market ends at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 where sea lions bark and bask in the sun. Take a boat to the old prison island of Alcatraz or just fill up on fresh seafood from a seaside restaurant. Ghirardelli's Square chocolate treats are a sweet end to any trip. A stay near the wharf puts North Beach's Italian restaurants and City Lights Bookstore, made famous by the poets of the Beat Generation, within walking distance.
Financial District & Ferry Building
North of Market Street along the Embarcadero, the eastern waterfront of the city, is the Financial District. Bustling on weekdays, this area is a quiet oasis on evenings and weekends. Convenient for the Embarcadero BART, it’s an easy stroll along the waterfront to the Ferry Building for locally-produced food and a short walk from the busy open markets of Chinatown.
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