Market Street – San Francisco’s Fifth Street

September 14, 2011 by

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Working vintage rail cars are a part of Market Street's public transportation network

So you’ve made it to San Francisco and you’re out and about on the town. Undoubtedly, you should check out the famous Market Street. Not only is Market Street a point of origin, it also divides the city from the waterfront to the hills of the Twin Peaks. It has been compared to the Champs-Elysees and Fifth Street, and for you, wandering traveler, it will send you through a good cross-section of San Francisco, should you choose to hoof the whole thing. If you opt out of the 3 mile trek, however, you’re in luck: many of the city’s buses and light rails run the length of Market.

All that’s good and well, but the reason you want to walk (or will find yourself walking) this avenue, is because it spans so much of San Francisco and you can see so much. The street itself is a miracle of hustle and bustle, from its north-eastern corner, a center of good shopping, through the Financial District, Union Square, the Civic Center, the Castro and down to the Twin Peaks neighborhoods, which offers terrific views of the city.

Market Street is just a good cross-section of what to see while in San Francisco. Should you find yourself in any one of these districts, take solace in the fact that a quick bus-ride will take you from one to the other, all along Market Street, and you can definitively say you’ve seen San Francisco.

-Hudson

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