7.3 out of 10

Kearny St, Downtown

Ranked 4th best street in Downtown
37.7887519948802 -122.403635223491
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Pest Free
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"On the border of everything"

Kearny Street gets a four-star rating from me because of its sheer proximity to anything and everything that is downtown San Francisco. Starting just north of SOMA, it runs up through the Financial District and Chinatown into North Beach. The street itself doesn't have the same features that some of the nearby streets do, and it can be a bit quieter than some of the neighboring streets, but it is definitely in the center of everything.

Some streets are better than others - the Chinatown section can feel a bit dicey late at night, and the Financial District dies down as well during that time. The lovely, four-star Hilton in this neighborhood feels a bit displaced, like it would be better off in Union Square. However, with all of these locations right nearby, this is not a bad place to be at all.
Pros
  • Good ethnic food
  • Great restaurants
  • Great shopping
Cons
  • Paid parking only
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A quiet residential place to live"

I lived at the top of Kearny St where the Peter Machiavelli steps are. It was relatively quiet and even on Saturday nights when the crowd got loud at Enrico's down at the bottom of the hill, it didnt last for long because the police kept a tight lid on the chaos.

Kearny Street as a whole has a lot to offer. Though mostly residential from the 1100 block upward, with a deli or corner store nestled in between, it's centrally located and an easy walk to the Financial District or the Embarcadero. Below the residential area in the 1000 block there is Tommaso's Restaurant, a classic Italian restaurant that's been there for over 75 years. You also have Larry Flynt's Hustler Club for the adventurous and then past there you hit Columbus Ave.

Once you cross over Columbus, Kearny turns into 3rd street and there are plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops along the way.
Pros
  • Great shopping
  • Great restaurants
Cons
  • No Parking
  • Hustler Club
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Historical Kearny Street"

Kearny Street is in the Center of San Francisco, California. Here in the the historic center of the city you are located at the crossroads of the Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach and Nob Hill. Within the bustling, culturally diverse surrounding neighborhoods you are just steps away from San Francisco's most popular attractions such as Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Lombard Street and the Golden Gate Bridge. For premium San Francisco shopping, catch a ride on San Francisco's historic Cable Cars to several retail therapy hot spots including Union Square, Embarcadero Center, Westfield Mall, Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and the Ferry Building.
Recommended for
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Kearny St: Anything and Everything"

Kearny street is filled with places for daily needs and more. There are hundreds of places for eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. It is near market street and passes by one of the largest shopping regions of San Francisco. There is a diversity to this street that not many other streets can compare to. Basically, one can find any type of food they want here on this street, it could be Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Japanese, or Mediterranean. One can buy casual clothes or tuxedos and dresses. This street also passes by one of the most famous tourist attractions of San Francisco, Chinatown. Within Chinatown, there are thousands of shops. Kearny street has houses, apartments, perfect for singles, couples, or families. Overall, Kearny street is fantastic and is worth visiting.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"I saw a transvestite hooker being arrested on Kearny street"

No, really, I did. Early evening, right in front of the pizza shop. A crowd gathered and watched as the cop patted down the hooker and the hooker (he? she?) talked smack about the cop, his mother, and the things the three of them did together the night before. Quiet a show. That's all the memory I have of the street and I doubt it's an hourly show, but I bet some creative buskers could recreate it for tourists. Not that I'm certain it was real. Fun for all ages, though.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Street perfect for sightseeing"

It is a famous street in San Francisco having in it the famous Lotta’s fountain and the Hall of Justice. As you walk down the Kearny Street you will come across restaurants and boutiques having a class of their own. There are also some boutique hotels which offer a sophisticated service to its customers along with appetizing meals and an exotic stay. One of the places I would love to visit on Kearny street is the Cho Cho restaurant. Their Chicken wings was truly a delicacy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Enjoyable place to be"

Kearny street at one of its points touches the Embarcadero which is also a famous street in San Francisco. Originally Kearny had a Spanish name but it was later changed to Kearny, I don’t know why. It has some of the four star boutique hotels and reasonable gourmet restaurants. The hotels here offer cheap accommodation with pleasant service to its every customer. Cho Cho restaurant was a nice one specially the spinach salad. And amazingly the prices were quite low.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
2/5
2yrs+

"Street of skyscrapers"

Kearny Street lies between the Market Street and the Embarcadero. It got its name from Stephen Watts Kearny. Lotta’s fountain is the landmark site of Kearny Street. Many skyscrapers are found over here. Furthermore you also get a feel of San Francisco’s history if you peregrinate Hall of Justice across Kearny street.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Portsmouth Square is Chinatowns Living Room"

Portsmouth Square park is a one block park in the center of Chinatown. The park is due west from the Kearny Street parking garage. Chinatown is the most densly populated area of San Francisco. Given the fact that San Francisco apartments are small most people need to get out so they don't get cabin fever. In Chinatown they go to Portsmouth Square. Whether there is a event or just a need to strech the legs the high poulation density makes this a great place to people watch. This park is so lively and full of unusal sights and sounds even young children will enjoy a trip to Portsmouth Square.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
CommunityMan
CommunityMan I agree - in crowded cities where apartments are smaller you definitely need public space nearby to relax in!
2yrs+
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