You can find everything on this street. Large amount of shops and restaurants. The busses look great as well, they are old busses from around the world.
Market Street was busy and there was some great shopping. But the place is beset with the homeless and the hungry - One has to keep moving to avoid being accosted for money every few yards. The presence of police was reassuring but I hesitated to wander very far from the center alone.
Besides the beggars, homeless, prostitues and crazy people ( do not pass 6th street ) there is some great shopping on Market street.
When I lived in San Francisco 8 years ago, I always thought Market St. was one of the most uninteresting parts of the city, yet, it would often be full of tourists. It was OK for locals who want to do some convenient shopping, but it was the antithesis of what is normal to San Francisco almost everywhere outside of... More
We wanted to do some shopping in SF to the Mall on Market St. First a strange crazy street person grabs my arm and says he wants the change he could hear. (I had none). I shook him off. Then we saw two guys beating on a guy who was laying on the street with his pants around his ankles... More
Market Street is a very long and major road that divides the city in half. Some areas of Market are very typical of a nice US city, while other areas are flat-out scary. You will see severe homelessness in some areas. You will smell both urine and feces in some areas. You will be approached for money in some areas.... More
The bad first. The streets were littered and dirty. We saw many "working" women and drug addicts. Very distressing. We were constantly being asked for $$$ and asked to buy some kind of "newspaper". Others would offer travel assistance and expect a handout. This happened mostly around the Market Street Cable Car Turnaround. On the plus side the Mall at... More
The best way to explore the Market street is to take the free tour organized by the San Francisco city tours. It lasts approx.1,5 and the volunteers who guide the tour are well read and informed about the history of the Market street area, the hotels, gold rush, earthquake, they point out many details that suddenly you are not just... More
Market Street runs the gamut from elegant hotels and office buildings to pawn shops and payday loans. The infamous "mid-Market" area is changing rapidly thanks to new construction. The section closest to the Ferry Building is the prettiest and safest, but by around 6th Street it is a little dicey.
the best thing about this part of town are the parrots. The flock was roosting off market street (near pine street). amazing to be in the midst of all that concrete and steel and hear parrots carrying on in the cluster of trees.
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