Justin Herman Plaza
Justin Herman Plaza
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Neighborhood: Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
How to get there
  • Embarcadero • 2 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 3 min walk
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3.5 of 5 bubbles13 reviews
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,564 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Well the good news is that the Embarcadero Plaza is right there and you can wander among the interesting 70s architecture, shopping and eating in the midst of offices and a big hotel. The bad news is that outside is that awful fountain which takes over the plaza Replace the fountain and this would be a marvelous outdoor space.
Written November 17, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,564 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This is sort of an unrealized public plaza between the Embarcadero Center and the Ferry Building. Part of the problem is the ugly fountain that no one has ever liked. I do like the Dubuffet sculpture, but on the whole it's not a pretty place. And there should be more outdoor cafes.
Written September 11, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland29,963 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This plaza is better on the inside than the outside. It’s very monotonous in terms of visuals. There are some plantings that liven it up.
Written October 7, 2023
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mini
Fremont, CA206,671 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Since I often ride BART to San Francisco, I walk across Justin Herman Plaza to the Ferry Building and also to the other trolleys to take me to the Pier 39 and Fisherman Wharf area. There are some statues in this area. There is also a bocci ball court.
There are some vendors. There are some street people, but in general during the day, its a safe place to be. Its in the Embarcadero Area of San Francisco.
Written January 30, 2020
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Prawet J
Washington DC, DC12,795 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Justin Herman Plaza is also known as Embarcadero Plaza. It was built in 1972 and is located across the street from the Ferry terminal building. A nice open space with some green in front of Embarcadeo Center. There are section near the Embarcadero street needs some clean up and too many homeless people are taking refuge as sitting and sleeping spaces. An interesting water fountain is in the plaza. Look at it and enjoy it when you are in the area, otherwise, it is an open space for public.
Written October 24, 2019
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Scott
San Francisco, CA6,486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
This place hasn't changed in 30 years. And sometimes that's not a good thing. They need to tear down the ugly old 1980s Fountain and clean the place off of it.
Written April 29, 2018
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA3,137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
This strip of concrete is something you cross when walking from market street to the ferry building. On weekends its notable for alot of local artists selling anything from photos of SF to compressed wine bottles, jewelry, etc. Also, if you like skateboarding always a good number of kids gather here to do tricks and typically alot of bmx bikers doing wheelies. Off to one corner is a concrete i guess erector set with fountains that you can wander into. Its not a bad place to get something to eat and sit outside the embarcadero center on a sunny day.
Written January 8, 2018
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