6.3 out of 10

Cyril Magnin St, Downtown

Ranked 11th best street in Downtown
37.7851419923481 -122.408620070923
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Pest Free
  • Shopping Options
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Cost of Living
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"A Shopper's Haven"

Cyril Magnin is only 3 blocks and runs from O'Farrell to Market St. It turns into 5th as soon as you cross over Market St. It has a few good restaurants and is SUPER close to Westfield Centre (Mall) which is 5 or 6 levels, contains a movie theater, Bristol Farms grocery, an entire eatery in the basement, high end stores like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom and is easy to get to from BART.

Cyril Magnin is great for date night because you have have dinner at First Crush and then walk to see a movie at the Westfield Centre.

Worth a trip. Check out the guide.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"A Taste of Europe"

Fifth in SoMa is a nice wide city street with lots of stores and hotels. It is just beyond the museum district but not yet into the gay leather section of SoMa or the more industrialized looking section. The Chronicle has its headquarters here in a big building that Minna carves through. You can also find a couple of hotels, the classic looking Pickwick with its Dickensian reference and overall charm; and the tall skyscraping Intercontinental with its tinted glass windows. I would recommend the first, just because of the nice name and outward appearance though I haven’t been in either one.

As far as I am concerned Fifth Street in SoMa is all about the Irish and the French. For the Irish, you have the Chieftain. I don’t mean to sound like a lush, but this is a great Irish Pub. The food is yummy and the atmosphere really does make you feel like you stepped across the Atlantic and into Ireland. (Of course, I’ve never been to Ireland, but my fantasy version of Ireland anyway.) The other reason to take a trip down Fifth is the French food. Le Charm French Bistro is one of the French places on 5th. It is a nice little place although the prices are a bit high and there is not much to look at outside the window, unless you like a bit of rundown looking section of street. Then there is Chez Papa, which is on a better part of the street but equally expensive. Both are good places to celebrate an anniversary, if your spouse likes French food.

Beyond these more Continental draws, 5th also has an Abercrombie and Fitch, just in case you were hooked by their naughty catalogue and if you would like to exercise, the SF Tennis Club is on the south side of Highway 80.

Much of the rest of the street is unremarkable. There is, for example, a place called Harvey’s Place down near Highway 80, but don’t be fooled, this is just a dingy liquor deli. It is not cool Bar and Grill in the Castro, though no doubt it is trying to capitalize on the name of the murdered representative, Harvey Milk. As you get close to Highway 80, the street also gets down right ugly. There are far too many parking lots.

I don’t recall there being anywhere to live on this street, but looks can be misleading in SoMa since so many of the apartments are lofts above the stores. All in all, I don’t think I would want to live right here anyway, regardless of how much I might like the Chieftain.
  • great hotels
  • good night spots
  • very cosmopolitan
  • dirty
  • not for walking
  • a little dangerous late at night
  • busy, busy, busy
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish

"An upscale street near bustling downtownn"

I love this street, there's a definite upscale, laid back feel . There's a host of bars, lofts, hotels, and pricey restaraunts, and if you've got a two thousand dollars to blow on a studio apartment, then it's the perfect place to live. Although, just a few blocks from the hustle and bustle of downtown, it feels like it's a world away. I've often used this street as a detour while going to and from work on Market Street . I can also appreciate that it is named for Cyril Magnin, who among other things, owned the I. Magnin department stores.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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