Market Street (Lower) : San Francisco Neighborhoods

Market Street (Lower)

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Now: Slicing crookedly through the bottom of the Financial District, Lower Market is the busiest section of the street during the week. From the Embarcadero to the San Francisco Centre mall, history both original and re-made flows through and towers over you. Don't miss seeing the inside of the gorgeous Palace Hotel, and Lotta's Fountain, across the street.

Then: Market Street was laid down in the mid-1800s, when San Francisco had just been claimed and renamed from Yerba Buena. No time was wasted in the construction of tall buildings and hotels along the street, as images from the period show. See related postcards.

How To Get There: Any of three Muni/BART stations (Powell, Montgomery, Embarcadero) stops at points along the lower section of Market Street. You'll want to get here this way, as parking is close to impossible around the busy areas of Market Street.


  • Market Street

  • Aldo Accessories on Market, near Powell

  • Storefronts on Market, part of the Westfield San Francisco Centre Mall

  • Nordstrom at the west side of the San Francisco Centre Mall

  • Bloomingdales, inside the mall

  • Cocola, on the mall's top floor

  • Interior of the San Francisco Centre Mall

  • The mall's renovated dome ceiling

  • Zazil, inside the mall

  • Market Street at Powell

  • The Flood Building at Market Street and Powell

  • The Palace Hotel

  • Lotta's Fountain and the Palace Hotel

  • Lotta's Fountain, across from the Palace Hotel on Market Street

  • Motorcycle Parking at the end of Battery Street, off Market

  • Metro Cafe

  • The Hobart Building

  • Sculpture dedicated to mechanics

  • Market Street at 4th Street, near Stockton Street

  • Market Street at the entrance to Yerba Buena Lane

  • The Crocker Galleria shopping center, bordered by Post, Montgomery, and Sutter - its southeast corner edges out onto Market Street

  • Shops inside Crocker Galleria

  • The rooftop garden at Crocker Galleria, accessible by stairway

  • The F Streetcar on Market Street

  • Montgomery Muni/Bart station entrance on Market Street

  • Fog City News

  • Matson Building

  • Palomar Hotel and Market Street

  • Pacific Gas and Electric Building

  • Market Street at 2nd Street

  • E-Trade Financial Center

  • Chipotle, between office buildings

  • Wells Fargo Bank, facing Market Street

  • Another impressive building occupied by Wells Fargo Bank

  • The Hyatt Regency Hotel near the end of Market Street (at Drumm Street/Embarcadero)

  • Portico IV - one of several in the vicinity

  • Specialty's Bakery - a lunch spot with multiple locations

  • Yank Sing, Chinese cuisine

  • Market Street at Main Street, facing west

  • Market Street at Steuart Street near Embarcadero, facing west