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“The good and the bad” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Market Street

Market Street
Market Street, San Francisco, CA (SoMa)
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Ranked #122 of 317 Attractions in San Francisco
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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Owner description: Considered to be the Champs Elysees of the city, this grand street is filled with shops, hotels, and, along the way, remarkable architecture.
Hong Kong, China
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“The good and the bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We've spent time on Market Street during several trips to San Francisco in the past and have always felt you are taking the good with the bad with this street. During the day, it has always felt safe and comfortable but at night there just seem to be times and areas along Market Street that seem too dodgy for us.

There is good shopping along Market street and some nice places, particularly in and near Powell street towards Union Square. Also, the area in the opposite direction towards Yerba Gardens has always seemed ok. However, there does seem to be a lot of street folks in various areas along Market Street and they are not bashful about approaching you, which can be quite uncomfortable for some.

There is also a helpful Tourist Information Center along Market Street at the Powell Street (BART Station), this can be found under street level near where you buy tickets for the Cable Car at its depot on Market Street.

What we do like about Market Street is the F-line street car which connects Embarcadero all the way to the Castro. We much enjoy boarding and taking this historic street car while visiting San Francisco, finding it more enjoyable than the wildly popular Cable Car which is normally crawling with tourists.

Overall, we don't really enjoy Market Street that much when visiting San Francisco but really like the street cars that make their way up and down this street so it sort of average out.

Visited September 2012
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“SF's Main Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

If only they would make this corridor pedestrian only. Lot's of shops, restaurants and great people watching. Take caution with the people asking for money (remember SF takes really good care of their 'urban campers'). Don't forget to look up at the buildings, there are some pretty ones.

Visited September 2012
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“Foot of Market great, 6th Street scary”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Market Street in San Francisco is a main artery, and has some cool historic buildings, statuary, etc., and everyone is making an effort to keep it clean and free of panhandlers. Between the Ferry and the Civic Center gets pretty dicey, though.

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“Shopping..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Shopping and vintage buses, cable cars! So much fun to just people watch if your not a shopper. But if your a shopper, lots to see and buy!

Visited July 2012
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“We did not feel comfortable exploring this area”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

It was the low point of our SF trip. We hopped off a cable car in the shopping center of Market St. and were constantly asked for money. We found an information booth but the attendant was annoyed answering questions. I bought a transit map which requires an aeronautical degree in engineering to understand. Standing in the crowds confused by a map was like wearing a "free-money" sign.The only restroom we could find was in the basement of Old Navy which was actually a good thing because at least the store workers try to monitor who uses it - I can't imagine a public restroom in that area. This was just a tiny bump in our trip - the rest of SF was so fantastic!

Visited June 2012
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