Now: The north end of Polk Street has a more polished feel than the south. In many respects, it feels like an extension of Union Street: high end furnishings instead of hardware, and expensive Italian rather than cheap Indian.
Then: Part of the Polk Street commercial corridor since the city's earliest years, this section became more upscale through the 1980s and 1990s.
How To Get There: The 19-line Muni bus travels Polk Street (after crossing Market Street at Hyde Street near Civic Center). The north end runs directly into the Aquatic Park area of Fisherman's Wharf, and it's an easy walk up from there, or from the commercial sector of Union Street. It's also possible to walk (over a hill) or bus (41, 45) across Union Street from North Beach.
Rouge Nightclub on Broadway at Polk Street
Nick's Crispy Tacos on Polk Street at Broadway
Shanghai Kelly's on Polk Street at Broadway
Belle Cose vintage and consignment store on Polk Street between Pacific Avenue and Broadway
Molte Cose, accompanying store to Belle Cose
Royal Oak Bar on Polk Street at Vallejo Street
Interior Visions Antiques on Polk Street at Vallejo Street
The Candy Store, on Vallejo Street at Polk Street
Limonaia Decor on Vallejo Street at Polk Street
Crave, on Polk Street at Vallejo Street
Real Food Company, on Polk Street near Vallejo Street
Cole Hardware on Polk Street at Green Street
Polk and Green Produce
Polk Street at Green Street
Aux Delices Vietnamese Restaurant on Polk Street at Green Street
Pesce Seafood on Polk Street near Green Street
Rex Cafe on Polk Street near Green Street
Polk Street near Union Street
Jak Home Decor on Polk Street near Union Street
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine on Polk Street near Union Street
Antica Trattoria Italian Restaurant on Polk Street at Union Street