8.4 out of 10

Union St, Cow Hollow

Ranked 1st best street in Cow Hollow
37.797217583846 -122.434478741918
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Washington Park and Nice Pads"

Union Street in North Beach has lots of great three story Victorians and is just close enough to the action to make it a great place for young professional types to live. It is well worth the inflated North Beach prices for a year or two when you are young and want to be close to heart of the city.

Union Street also runs right by the southern end of Washington Square Park when you hit Columbus and some people live above the store fronts and can stare out at the old Asian ladies as they do their morning Yoga. Very distinctive to North Beach.

One really interesting eccentric place worth checking out is Mixed Use. It is part vintage clothing store and part furniture store. The guy who runs the store will make silk screens and things himself so you can get some things here that you will never find anywhere else. Prices vary! You should think of it a little bit like a bazaar where you go to look for deals. You can also sometimes talk him into lowering a price a bit if you are persistent—but don’t tell him you heard it from me.

As far as food goes, you will find your usual assortment of Italian food in the North Beach area—North Beach Pizza has its home on Union for example, as does Don Pisto’s, Joe Dimaggio’s and Tony’s Nepollitano Restaurant. On the corner with Columbus you find the pizza shaped corner store of Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store which does not in fact sell cigars, but does have great sandwiches which you can take to go and eat in the park across Union.

If you are sick of Italian, you just cross Columbus and you can get authentic Basque (mix of Spanish and French) cuisine at Illuna’s.

The best place to live longer term on Union Street is in the Russian Hill and Cow Hollow neighborhoods. In Russian Hill you will find lots of nice Victorians and taller older buildings with great views. You still get the corner markets that people who live in the city love, but you don’t get as many of the other types of stores that tend to created a crowded over-populated feel on other streets.
Pros
  • Nice Victorians
  • Cool Restuarants
  • Close to Entertainment
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Crime
  • Terrible Parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to spend a day exploring"

On my last visit to the city by the bay my favorite place I visited was Union Street. This beautiful street has some of the most elegant residences along with some of the trendiest places to shop and dine. The street is filled with tons of stuff to do. I spent a whole day exploring the area without turning down another street. I ate dinner at place called Betelnut at 2030 Street. This beautiful Asian style hot spot was elegant, delicious, and relatively inexpensive. This street is a must see for anyone in the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"A treat for window shoppers"

Union Street is one of those streets in San Francisco that travels through several neighborhoods, but that features delights along its entire length. It stretches from the Presidio to the Embarcadero. Starting from the Embarcadero end, you'll quickly come across Levi Strauss Plaza, a semi-hidden treasure. It's the ideal lunch spot for any workers within walking distance. Happily, I am one.

Slightly further on, you'll find yourself in the heart of North Beach. This neighborhood is equally touristy and charming. Union Street here is a blend of residential and commercial spaces, with a few blocks filled with cute shops, restaurants, coffee houses, and other examples of the local color that people come to North Beach for. Union Street also marks the southern border of Washington Square Park, another green oasis.

The intrepid urban explorer will next find themselves hiking up through the residential Russian Hill neighborhood. It's quieter here, with less through traffic. Who's got the stamina? On Russian Hill, Union street runs parallel to one of San Francisco's most famous literary locations, Macondray Lane. Macondray Lane was Armisted Maupin's inspiration for Barbary Lane in his wonderful Tales of the City series. The neighborhood is worth a visit for that reason alone.

Continuing on past Van Ness Avenue, you'll eventually hit the Cow Hollow portion of Union Street. This is the part that I visit most often, as it's a quick walk from my Fillmore Street home. It's where I head to dine al fresco on a sunny Friday off, or just to go window shopping. There are plenty of venues for both activities. Some of my favorite sidewalk cafes include Left at Albequerque, Rose's, and Betelnut. It's a wonderful vantage point for watching the world go by. Likewise, for shopping there are antiques collectives, interior decor, and clothing and jewelry stores galore.

The Cow Hollow shopping district holds many community events during the year, including an Easter parade, a holiday festival of lights, and a summer street fair.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Washington Square Park Rocks!"

Union St. is an awesome street. I really like the part in North Beach. Washington Square Park is right there and a perfect spot to relax and read book on a nice sunny day. It’s a really small park and can get crowded on a nice day, but is still a great spot to just enjoy the surroundings. There are great restaurants there such as Mario’s, Tuk Tuk Thai, and my favorite brewery/trivia spot Rogue Ale House. Unions St. in the Marina is a nice street to walk down on a beautiful day. There are great boutiques as well as great mom and pop restaurants. I highly recommend Marina Subs and if you are craving a cupcake, That Takes the Cake is an excellent spot.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5
2yrs+

"Upscale shopping and living"

Union street is another upscale shopping and living area in San Francisco. You will find everything here, from bars and lounges to antiques stores. Be prepared to spend some money if you come here. Union street is home to the Fantasy of Lights holiday celebration, definitely worth looking up if you are in the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"Union Street: Perfect Spot for Some Retail Therapy"

Union Street is located in the northern portion of San Francisco and extends all the way from the east side of the Presidio to Montgomery Street in the Financial District. It is famous for its upscale restaurants, clothing stores and art galleries. The Marina is an easy walk from Union Street, which offers its own retail therapy and dining opportunities, and if you are young, perhaps a chance to meet someone to date.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"You an imagine the Gold Rush days here......"

This is the main drag of the neighborhood known as Cow Hollow, a holdover from the days when there were dairy farms in this area. Now you can see the gorgeous mansions built with Gold Rush money. There are also a lot of upscale antique shops and art galleries. If you are lucky enough to be in SF during late May, early June, check out the Union Street Festival. The Edwardian and Victorian architecture is reason enough for coming to this part of town, though.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Lots 'o' Pretense"

Union Street offers great boutique shopping, yummy restaurants and cafes, and busy bars. It is blocks from the Marina and Bay. The only downside (besides, of course, parking) is that Union Street is full of poseurs. Yeah, that's right. It's just a bit uppity and unnecessarily snobbish or my taste. I enjoy going there, but don't ever spend too much time there. The attitude on the street reeks of elitism.
Recommended for
  • Singles
5/5
2yrs+

"No Bovines in Cow Hollow"

Cow Hollow, that is Union Street between Franklin and Steiner is no longer a pasture. It is more like a social institution. This neighborhood has a variety of interesting upscale resturants, shops and watering holes. In addition to the commercial establishments Cow hollow has a many of upscale residential dwellings.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
AdamS
AdamS Hi markahorn,

Why is it called Cow Hollow?

AJ
2yrs+
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