It’s cool. We’ll point you in the right direction. Stanford Court overlooks the city from Nob Hill, one of San Francisco’s most sought-after neighborhoods. It’s a great spot with some spectacular views, all just blocks away from Union Square. Whether you’re headed to the Financial District, looking for the best dim sum in Chinatown, or meeting up at the Moscone center, everything you need is easily within walking distance.
1621 Polk St 0.7 miles
Bob’s Donuts is a staple of Lower Nob Hill, delighting locals and visitors with handmade donuts and pastries since 1960. If you’re looking for a modern twist on the donut, you won’t find it here. Bob’s specializes in the classics—all made from scratch using timeless techniques. They may be best known though for their always-Instagrammable oversized “Big Donut.” Those up for a challenge can try to take one down in under three minutes for a coveted spot in Bob’s Hall of Fame.
1500 Hyde St 0.7 miles
Nook is a charming cafe and wine bar in Russian Hill. By day, abundant natural light and its comfortable vibe make it an ideal spot for a relaxing cup of coffee or getting some work done. Sample the tasty menu, prepared with healthy and fresh ingredients, while watching the cable cars roll by. In the evening, it evolves into a cozy setting for date night, offering a rotating wine selection and inventive Soju cocktails.cafenook.com
Swan Oyster Depot
1517 Polk St 0.6 miles
Swan Oyster Depot may not look like much on first (or second) glance, but the no-frills raw bar and fish market is a San Francisco institution, serving fresh seafood for over 100 years. Spots at the 18-seat counter are always in high demand, but the abundant selection of lobster, crab, shrimp, salmon, oysters, clam chowder, and much (much) more is well worth the wait.
1100 California St 0.2 miles
Situated on the west end of Huntington Park, Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal church and the largest Gothic structure in the West. The Doors of Paradise— a replica of 15th century artist Lorenzo Ghiberti’s famous gilded bronze doors greet visitors to the Cathedral’s entrance. Inside, large-scale murals by Jan Henryk de Rosen adorn the walls and two elaborate labyrinths cover the floors. Each Tuesday, hundreds gather for yoga on the labyrinth, a must-do for all yogis in town. Mats are available for loan at Stanford Court.
Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason St. 0.3 miles
The Cable Car Museum offers an engaging view into the nearly 150-year history of this beloved icon of San Francisco. The Museum houses one of the first cable cars ever built, a 1873 Sutter St. grip car and trailer, as well as scale models of the 57 varieties of cable cars that have made the climb up and down Nob Hill. It also serves as the “barn” for the 40 cars in service today. Visitors get the unique thrill of watching the giant wheels and cables in action as they pull the trolleys through the city. Admission is free.
1111 California St 0.2 miles
See legendary artists in an intimate setting at SF Masonic—a concert venue in Nob Hill. A piece of San Francisco history, the structure was originally dedicated in 1958 as a center for the Masons of California, later becoming a space for music and comedy. A 2014 renovation transformed the space into a state-of-the-art auditorium. Performers gracing the stage this year include Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, and comedians Hannibal Buress and Patton Oswalt.
Sons and Daughters
708 Bush St 0.3 miles
With a constantly evolving menu guided by the seasons along with the farmers, ranchers, and fishermen of the Bay Area, Michelin-starred Sons & Daughters is one of Nob Hill's signature restaurants. The 28-seat dining room is centered around an open kitchen, offering a look into Chef Teague Moriarty and his tight-knit team’s domain. The nine-course tasting menu, complete with creative wine pairings, is a dazzling experience for a special occasion.
The stunning Grace Cathedral—most notable for its front doors, which are replicas of the Baptistry of Florence Cathedral’s "Gates of Paradise” by master artist Lorenzo Ghiberti—and Dragon’s Gate, the entrance to Chinatown, are just a couple blocks away.
The Asian Art Museum
The Hidden Vine Wine Bar
SF Museum of Modern Art
City Lights Bookstore
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