One of our favorite downtown San Francisco locations is Yerba Buena Gardens, a beautiful green oasis just a block away from The Pickwick Hotel.
There are several gardens to explore here, and the Yerba Buena property provides a beautifully manicured outdoor space that few would expect to see in a city center. While you’re here, take time to explore the 5.5 acre street level esplanade, upper terrace, fountain, waterfall and sculptures, Sister City Gardens, and the native species butterfly garden. The gardens here are certainly a great place to catch your breath on a break from meetings or your busy conference schedule.
After you’ve explored the gardens, visit Samovar for tea, B Restaurant for cocktails, or Jillian’s in the Metreon, for a classic sports bar experience. If you’re looking for a lighter, on-the-go atmosphere, the nearby Carousel Café at the Children’s Creativity Museum serves sandwiches and crepes.
Yerba Buena Gardens also has an extensive and well-curated event schedule. Catch a movie at the Metreon, see a play at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, or enjoy a free afternoon concert with the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
This is a great place to bring your kids, too! In addition to visiting the Children’s Creativity Museum, head to the upper terrace where you’ll find the children’s garden and a vintage carousel that was originally designed for San Francisco’s deceased amusement park Playland-at-the-Beach. The fun continues with the hedge labyrinth and interactive play circle.
Convenient, beautiful and multi-dimensional, Yerba Buena Gardens—like San Francisco itself—has it all.