Fillmore : San Francisco Neighborhoods

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Now: A walk up Fillmore Street from south to north will reflect each neighborhood it passes through. In the Lower Haight it forms a quintessentially spicy intersection, turning residential as it inclines up to skirt Hayes Valley and Alamo Square. Toward Geary Boulevard, traces of the storied blues and jazz club past push like stubborn grass blades through unfortunate redevelopment and vain legacy redux. It touches Japantown at Post Street, and blossoms into its most dense commercial area through Pacific Heights. Unique shops, Mission eatery deja vus, and weedlike chain establishments blend together comfortably up to the precipitous tilt toward the bay. Fillmore plays one last glittery number as it slides down through Cow Hollow and hits the Marina.

Then: Always a main strip, Fillmore Street has been molded by the diverse ethnicities that have swirled around it. In the 1800s, it cut through farm land and later came to host a cable car line. During the 1940s and 1950s, nightclubs burned hot through the struggle of urban renewal. In the 1960s the elegant dance hall at Geary Boulevard became The Fillmore, an epicenter for rock and counterculture performance. See related postcards.

How To Get There: Sutter Street intersects the heart of the densely commercial Pacific Heights section of Fillmore Street, and three Muni bus lines (2, 3, 4) travel directly there from Sutter just north of Union Square. The 22 bus line travels Fillmore itself, up from the Lower Haight, and down from the Marina Green. There is a metered parking lot on California Street just west of Fillmore, across the street from Mollie Stone's.


  • Fillmore Street near California Street

  • Fillmore Street at Bush Street

  • The Grove on Fillmore Street

  • Jackson Fillmore Restaurant

  • La Mediterannee on Fillmore

  • Curbside Cafe on California Street at Fillmore

  • Elite Cafe on Fillmore - New Orleans style restaurant and bar

  • Boulangerie on Fillmore

  • Fillmore Street between Sacramento and California

  • Fire box on Fillmore Street

  • Noah's Bagels on Fillmore

  • The Nest on Fillmore

  • Paper Source - wrapping paper and related items

  • Mollie Stone's market on California Street near Fillmore

  • Pizzeria Delfina on California Street (across from Mollie Stone's)

  • Dino's Pizza

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Cafe

  • Browser Books on Fillmore

  • Clay Movie Theater on Fillmore

  • Crepevine on Fillmore at Sacramento

  • 2300 Fillmore

  • Fillmore Street at Sacramento Street

  • Fillmore Street at Pine Street

  • Fillmore Street at Wilmot Street

  • Fillmore Hardware and Variety

  • Dosa on Fillmore Street at Post

  • SPQR on Fillmore, Roman cuisine from the owners of A16

  • Fillmore Fine Foods

  • Cafe Kati - Asian fusion, on Sutter near Fillmore

  • Extreme Pizza

  • Window over Geary Boulevard

  • The Boom Boom Room

  • The Fillmore Auditorium at Fillmore and Geary

  • The Fillmore Auditorium

  • Fillmore Street, south of Geary Boulevard

  • San Francisco-themed car parked on Fillmore Street near O'Farrell Street

  • Fillmore Street at Geary Boulevard

  • The Fillmore-22 Bus at Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard

  • The Fillmore Center, on Fillmore at Ellis Street

  • Fillmore Karaoke on Fillmore at Ellis Street

  • Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant on Fillmore at Eddy

  • Fillmore strip mall

  • Stores in the Fillmore Center

  • Fountain inside the Fillmore Center

  • Fillmore Street at Turk Street

  • Building on Fillmore Street at Turk Street

  • Fillmore Forever

  • Fillmore Street at Golden Gate Avenue

  • Hamilton Recreation Center, at on Post Street at Steiner - currently undergoing renovation

  • Mural at Hamilton Recreation Center

  • Pedestrian bridge over Geary Boulevard, connecting Hamilton Recreation Center and Kimbell Playground

  • Raymond Kimbell Playground, at Geary and Steiner

  • Field in Kimbell Playground

  • Baseball field at Kimbell Playground

  • Raymond Kimbell Playground, on the Scott Street side

  • Fillmore Street drops steeply toward the bay at Broadway Street

  • Inscription in the sidewalk on Fillmore Street at Vallejo Street, just below Broadway