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Market Street

Market Street
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Type of Attraction
Streets & Squares
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, Architecture, Shopping, Photography
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required
Notes: Accessibility varies by location on Market.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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Market Street

San Francisco's Main Thoroughfare

Off The Beaten Path Must See

Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-94131


Strictly in a cartographic sense, Market Street is most likely the most confusing street in San Francisco. It cuts diagonally through the city, transforming a neat grid of avenues into a confusing array of five-way intersections, triangle-shaped buildings, and one-way streets. Nonetheless, once on Market Street, you will transect some of the most distinct neighborhoods in the city. Starting at the Waterfront, Market makes its way towards the Financial District, where some of the biggest department stores can be found. From here it is a short way to Union Square--and even more shopping. From Powell, take a cable car up the city for some fresh air and some views of the city. Market is closest to this city's Main Ave, and without its crazy diagonal slant it just wouldn't be San Francisco.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: Individual business and attraction times vary.
Visit Time: 1hr-Half day(4hr)
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Walking
Notes: MUNI: F rides all along Market Street. Other MUNI buses run along Market, but not for the whole way.
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: There is not much parking on Market, and side-street parking will be limited. Keep an eye out for one of the many parking garages nearby.

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