Cow Hollow : San Francisco Neighborhoods

Cow Hollow/Union Street

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Now: A blinding swirl of singles bars, eateries, boutiques, spas, Union Street is one place where wealthy young people come to play, and sit in front of tablecloths beside longtime Marina residents. The sound of this area's nighttime merriment is distinctly (Cow) Hollow.

Then: Named for the area's incarnation in the 1800s as a pasture for grazing cattle. The Octagon House was built in 1861, and designed to let sunlight into every room.

How To Get There: The 22 Muni bus crosses Union Street near the end of its long trip down Fillmore Street. If you're already in the Marina, it is easy to jog over from Chestnut Street at Fillmore. You can also turn on to Union Street from Van Ness Avenue, and then try to park right away before the beginning of the commercial area at Gough Street.


  • Sidewalk on Union Street between Octavia and Laguna Streets

  • Fillmore Street at Union, looking north towards the bay

  • Union Street between Webster and Fillmore Streets

  • Union Street at Laguna Street

  • Pane e Vino Trattoria on Union Street at Gough

  • Amici's East Coast Pizzeria

  • Past Perfect Vintage and Antiques, on Union Street between Fillmore and Steiner

  • Rose's Cafe on Union Street at Steiner

  • Bistro Aix on Union Street

  • Capannina Italian Restaurant on Union Street

  • Luisa's Italian Restaurant

  • Chez Moi

  • Pizza Orgasmica on Fillmore Street

  • Espresso Roma Cafe on Fillmore at Pixley

  • The Matrix Fillmore

  • Eastside Westside Restaurant

  • Balboa Cafe on Fillmore Street at Greenwich Street

  • City Tavern on Fillmore at Greenwich

  • Real Food Company Market on Fillmore at Filbert

  • Vedanta Temple building on Webster Street at Fillmore in Cow Hollow

  • The Octagon House

  • The Octagon House Museum

  • Garden on the Octagon House grounds

  • Allyne Park, at Gough Street at Green Street, next to the Octagon House

  • Allyne Park

  • Path inside Allyne Park

  • Inside Allyne Park

  • Union Street at Gough Street

  • Union Street at Franklin Street

  • Union Street at Van Ness Avenue

  • Historic 1879 Sherman House on Green Street near Fillmore Street