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Address: Off Of Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone Number: 415-826-1401
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Description: There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400...
There are more than one million books in the Civic Center, along with 400 electronic work stations and a children's discovery center.
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Best view during sunset

I always passed through Civic Center on my way to home from BART metro during sunset time, and the view is always adorable. Try to walk toward Van-Ness Avenue since there are a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Istanbul, Turkey

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Many of the reviewer pix posted on TripAdvisor are not of the Civic Center that somewhat resembles the White House; they’re of City Hall on Van Ness that looks like a black-domed US Capitol Building. The Civic Center does not have a domed roof and is behind City Hall, and is adjacent to Asian Art Museum. As a civic center,... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I always passed through Civic Center on my way to home from BART metro during sunset time, and the view is always adorable. Try to walk toward Van-Ness Avenue since there are a lot of fancy cafes to hangout

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

San Francisco civic precinct would be at home in ant old world city. Great buildings that make up the government and cultural heart of the city. Well worth visiting. There were great farmers markets nearby also on the Sunday morning that we visited. Yes there were some homeless and yes I saw one pee in the street. But this is... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

San Francisco’s Civic Center is located in the heart of the city, and contains many of San Francisco’s largest government and cultural organizations. Many of the buildings are built in the classical architecture style, giving the plaza a regal look and feel. Civic Center Plaza contains a vast amount of the city’s history, designating it a National Historic Landmark. We... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a great spot to simply sit down, enjoy the sun and free wifi, contrary to what I heard I did not find multitudes of homeless people harassing me or wandering about but frankly, what city does not have such people? At any rate, this is a nice spot with plenty of surrounding shops and amenities and offers a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

A beautiful historical place, now used for many day to day activities.It was nice visiting this great place. Well worth a visit.

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Beautiful area but filled with bums. Saw a disputes between what looked like gangsters judging by the colored coordinated clothing. Saw even more bums on the way back up.

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Crestline, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Off Market Street,I think Near Hyde or Larkin. There are huge art pieces in the street. When I was there, they had a side street closed down, for a movie-production. The Gold Domed City Hall is very attractive. Word Of Caution: This area is a flank of 'the tenderloin' which rivals LA's 'skid row'. and in the plaza there are... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This building is amazing. One of the best in the entire city. It has a cool history after the earthquake. Stop by and find out.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Didn't go to the civic Center because as soon as we got off the Bart, a junkie shot up at a bus stop in the middle of the day, while others pissed in alleys and laughed. The whole area stank of weed. I don't usually mind homeless, but this was horrific.

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Civic Center
Civic Center is the seat of power for all things government and performance-related in the city. Although its streets are best walked during daytime, numerous cultural gems are within close proximity to one another. The symphony, opera, ballet, and jazz center offer year round entertainment within the shadow of the city’s Beaux-Arts crown jewel: the gold tipped dome of City Hall.
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