SOMA (South Of Market)/Yerba Buena

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Now: This area just south of Market Street is anchored by the Metreon, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), and the Moscone Conference Center. The modern style of the area (and SOMA in general) is a departure from most of the rest of San Francisco.

Then: The Zeum Carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens was constructed in 1906 and was installed at San Francisco's Playland at the Beach from 1913 to 1972. See related postcards.

How To Get There: Just cross over Market Street around 4th Street, and you're there. Yerba Buena Gardens is bordered by Mission Street on the north. Pretty much the only place to park is the garage at 5th and Mission, which can be entered on Mission Street. Go to the bottom level if it's open.


  • Crossing Mission Street from Yerba Buena Lane

  • Entrance to Yerba Buena Garden, from Mission Street

  • 14-Mission bus on Mission Street at 4th Street, in front of the Metreon

  • Overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens, adjacent to the Metreon

  • The park at Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Fountain in Yerba Buena Gardens, facing the Metreon

  • The Metreon Center, at 4th Street and Mission Street

  • Inside the Metreon

  • On the east side of the Metreon

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

  • Walkway in the upper section of Yerba Buena Plaza

  • Samovar Tea Lounge, in the upper section of Yerba Buena Plaza

  • Yerba Buena Gardens, with the Mariott Hotel in the background

  • Courtyard at Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Playground at Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Outside the Zeum Carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Zeum Carousel, originally built in 1906 by Charles Looff and installed at Playland at the Beach from 1913 to 1972

  • Animals in the Zeum Carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Looking west over Howard Street from the walkway at Yerba Buena Plaza

  • Moscone Center, on Howard Street

  • Moscone Center West

  • SF Museum of Modern Art, on 3rd Street between Mission and Howard Streets, across from Yerba Buena Center

  • Amber India, on Yerba Buena Lane, off Market Street

  • Press Club Wine Bar on Yerba Buena Lane

  • Looking east through the windows at the top of the Marriott Hotel

  • Windows on the west side of the Marriott Hotel

  • View of South of Market area from the east windows at the top of the Marriott Hotel

  • Beard Papa Cream Puffs on Yerba Buena Lane

  • Archstone Apartments, on 3rd Street at Folsom Street

  • Pazzia Restaurant and Pizzeria on 3rd Street near Folsom Street

  • Lava Lounge on Bryant Street near 3rd Street

  • Hotel Utah Saloon, on 4th Street at Bryant Street