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Now: Stately streets and alleys lined with historic brick buildings - high end art, antique, and furnishing dealers are the primary tenants now, supplemented by agencies and architecture firms. The area is never bustling, unless you count Bix and a couple of other dining/drinking spots at night.

Then: Jackson Square has history that you would hardly believe from walking through the area today. The city's east shoreline originally ended at about Battery Street, so this area, along with Broadway in North Beach, was the front line known as the Barbary Coast. When sailors stepped off their vessels, this was where they were simultaneously served and taken advantage of.

How To Get There: Jackson Square is a walking destination, and it's easy to go that way from the Financial District on Sansome Street, from Justin Herman Park and Embarcadero by Washington Street, or from North Beach at Pacific Avenue.


  • Jackson Square Historic District

  • Jackson Street

  • Buildings on Pacific Avenue

  • International Settlement Towers, at Pacific and Montgomery

  • Kartell US Furniture on Pacific Avenue near Montgomery

  • Barbary Coast Trail sidewalk plaque

    • Bix - American dining, on Gold Street, just north of Jackson Street, between Montgomery and Sansome

    • Hedge Gallery and Furniture Sales on Gold Street

    • Balance Street, between Jackson and Gold, in Jackson Square

    • Zinnia - American cuisine on Jackson near Montgomery

    • Peter Pap Oriental Rugs on Jackson Street

    • Lebreton Antiques Gallery on Jackson Street

      • Old Ship Saloon on Pacific at Battery

      • Hippodrome Building on Pacific Avenue

      • Jack Morton Worldwide, on Pacific Avenue

      • Montgomery Gallery

      • Bocadillos - Spanish, Tapas, on Montgomery Street, just north of Columbus

      • Amadi Carpets

      • Chappel and McCullar on Jackson Street

      • US Custom House Building on Battery Street

      • Digital Revolution Printing Services, on Jackson at Battery

      • One Jackson Place

      • Looking into One Jackson Place

      • KPIX 5 station building

      • Entrance to Sydney G. Walton Square Park in Jackson Square

      • Fountain in Walton Square Park

      • Inside Walton Square Park

      • Tiled tower in Walton Square Park

      • Residential homes overlooking Sydney G. Walton Square Park in Jackson Square

      • Buildings to the south of Sydney G. Walton Square Park

      • Pacific Avenue Mall, at the corner of Walton Square Park

      • Kokkari - Greek cuisine on Jackson Street at Front Street, across from Sydney G. Walton Square Park

      • Globe - American dining on Pacific Avenue at Battery

      • Globe SF parking lot