Market Street (Central)

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Now: This section of Market Street, from about Taylor/6th Street to Van Ness, is seedy - there is no way to sugar it. Probably many a straying tourist has been scared back to Union Square, thinking this is what the "rest" of San Francisco is like. It can be a fascinating (daytime) walk, with many art deco furniture shops.

Then: It wasn't always random shouting and needles. Theatres were built here in the 1920s because it was a humming thoroughfare.

How To Get There: From the Powell Muni/BART station, walk west on Market Street and you're there. If your destination is the Orpheum Theatre, you can exit at the Civic Center station.


  • Golden Gate Theatre, on Taylor Street and Golden Gate Avenue, facing Market Street

  • Stores on Market Street near Jones Street

  • The Hibernia Bank Building, facing Market Street at Jones Street

  • Market Street at 7th Street

  • The Orpheum Theatre, on Market Street at 8th Street

  • Golden Gate Antiques on Market Street

  • Art Deco, on Market Street

  • Cav Wine Bar and Kitchen, on Market Street near Gough

  • Cafe Trieste on Market Street

  • Retrospect Furniture on Market Street

  • Antiquario Antiques on Market Street

  • Market Street Cinema, on Market Street at Jones Street

  • The Warfield Theatre, on Market Street near Taylor Street

  • Market Street at 6th Street

  • Farmer Brown - Southern Food, where Mason Street meets Market Street