With so many iconic sights in San Francisco sometimes it easy to forget about the most iconic part of the city, its authentic and cultural streets. From windy roads up steep hills, cable cars and colourful backgrounds, San Francisco has a mixture of history and entertainment remaining on their pavements.
Maybe the most iconic is the street that runs the length of downtown San Francisco. Beginning at the Ferry Building and turning into Portola Blvd. around Twin Peaks, Market st. catches all the bustling action of San Francisco. Popular attractions include the Westfield Mall and the Trolley Rides in Union Square, San Francisco City Hall in the Civic Center, and the Castro Theater further down in the Castro.
Another distinct street is the winding and hilly hairpins of Lombard St, which make for a exciting car ride on a sunny San Francisco day. Billed as "the crookedest street" in America but you will find some of the nicest and most expensive homes in San Francisco along the paved brick and lush landscape of the street. This road crosses through several historical, high-end neighborhoods, including Russian Hill and the Marina.
This street is a San Francisco Icon with its most popular intersection is at Haight St. and Ashbury St. Only a few blocks from the infamous Golden Gate Park Panhandle. Haight-Ashbury has been home to generations of San Francisco hippies since the 1960s. On Haight Street, you'll see thrift store, used CD and record stores and dance clubs. This part of the city is grittier than other neighborhoods but still friendly and easily accessible via public transportation.
This street is the busiest of The Castro, San Francisco's LGBT-loving neighborhood, and one of the first openly gay neighborhoods in the United States. This street booms every summer during the vibrant San Francisco Pride Parade, and even when the crowds aren't around, rainbow flags and paintings decorate the entire district. Go at night and enjoy the colourful buildings lit in neon that runs up and over the base of the hill. The Castro Theater was built in 1922, and in addition to being a historical monument, it's a great place to watch a movie.
One of the hippest streets in the City and as well as crossing through some of San Francisco's trendiest sites. Divisadero is the perfect street to take in the classic San Francisco hipster and be sure to check out the breakfast/coffee hotspots including The Mill or Brenda's Meat and Three
Part of the Mission District this street was hit the hardest with the recent hipster makeover that has hit the area. This street houses plenty of bizarre, niche, restaurants, bars and vintage stores. Check out Tacolicious and Craftsman and Wolves for a bite, and browse the street for various secondhand boutiques. Also look out for the gorgeous street art when you duck into almost any alley, depicting political themes, wealth and greed and the history of the neighborhood. The area has deep Latino roots, including an original Spanish-era mission and traditional taquerias and Mexican groceries can still be found.
Steiner St. (Above)
You will see this icon image in postcards and paintings all over the city but this street houses the city's famous Painted Ladies - the row of six Victorian Homes on the eastern side of Alamo Square. The picturesque view of Downtown from the hilly park is not to be missed, and more stunning homes surround the park as well.