San Francisco's Financial District was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake. Bordering Union Square and SoMa, it has been totally rebuilt and re-envisioned over the years. It houses some of the tallest buildings in the city (including the once-controversial Transamerica Pyramid see below), as well as corporate headquarters for such companies as Visa, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, and Gap, among others.
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The Transamerica Pyramid is the most recognizable skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building has a structural height of 260 meters, divided on 48 floors of retail and office space, which also makes it the tallest. Though the building was somewhat criticized during its construction, it has today become one of the main symbols of the city. The Transamerica Pyramid dominates the San Francisco skyline and can be seen far and wide. It is truly one of its kind and a great piece of architecture and houses the only standing grove of redwood trees in downtown San Francisco.
Belden Place is a modern day evocation of vintage Paris in the heart of San Francisco and is often dubbed the “French Quarter”. Home to a multitude of european restaurants, it includes the famous Cafe Claude which encompasses the feeling of old-world intimate French bistros with the hospitality sensibilities of Northern California. From French to Catalan, Belden Street is also home to Sam’s Grill. Established in 1867, Sam’s is one of the oldest and most memorable restaurants in San Francisco.
The Old Ship Saloon is located in San Francisco's Jackson Square neighborhood, along the edge of the Financial District. The bar is packed after work and features exposed brick walls, wood tables and gregarious gatherings. Located along the old waterfront, you can find an old ship mooring in front that harkens back to the day when that area of the city was a bustling port.
After a long day at work, the Occidental Cigar Club is a place to indulge in cigars, spirits, micro brewed beers and local, and small production hard to find wines. It is open to the public and you don't need reservations.
Embarcadero Center is a midtown destination for boutique shopping, popular local events, and restaurants, including the ever popular Kirimachi Ramen. Also housing art attractions, an independent film theater, and the Sue Bierman Park Playground this is the place to be during lunch time or after hours.
After working hard, San Franciscan’s like to play hard. The San Francisco Financial District is home to some of the top bars in the city including Local Edition, which is located in the old Hearst Newspaper Press. Also popular is The View, located on the same block as the Park Central San Francisco, a Starwood Hotel.