Jackson Square
Jackson Square
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Antique and art lovers will enjoy browsing this area's many shops and galleries.
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Address
Neighbourhood: North Waterfront/Embarcadero
How to get there
  • Embarcadero • 7 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 7 min walk
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's an historic district with protected architecture and scale. Was very wild back in the Gold Rush era, but the saloons are gone. Now you will find attractive buildings housing architecture firms. A pretty park as well and a couple of excellent restaurants.
Written 28 December 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Jackson Square is located in the historic district of San Francisco. There are many nice old buildings in the tree lined space.
Written 10 April 2022
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mini
Fremont, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I walked through Jackson Square area enjoying seeing the many historic buildings there. Jackson Square is located between Montgomery and Sansome Avenue.

Several of the buildings are 19th century. They were built after the 1851 city fire and survived the 1906 earthquake.
Written 22 January 2020
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Rschagrin
Delray Beach, FL
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Known for the TransAmerica building. It is are to shop for fine furniture and fine art.

Just adjacent to the Financial district.
Written 8 September 2019
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
A lot of streets come together in this area. There is an old Transamerica building that is now used by the Church of Scientology. It was fist used in 1909 as The Bank of Italy. Giannini continued using it as a bank in 1929. And, in 1949, there was a (first?) Jewish service held here with a plaque commemorating the occasion. Interestingly, the star of David can be seen on several of the fire escapes going up and down the side of the building. It's a very interesting architecture as it is shaped like the very common geometric shape: the triangle. It almost seems like a slice of pie shoved between two blocks.
Written 29 May 2018
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Enhan
Singapore
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Solo
There are simply many more places to visit at the neighbourhood than this square. For example: City Lights!
Written 3 September 2016
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Sara_and_Paul
Cheshire, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
This is a really attractive and interesting part of town. It doesn’t take long to visit – we just walked around the few blocks admiring the architecture in a few minutes. We were walking through Jackson Square on a walking tour of the city and therefore it was well worth the time to stop, however if your time in San Francisco is really limited there are other places I would place higher on the list.
Written 22 October 2012
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Brad
Hong Kong, China
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012 • Couples
The Jackson Square district struck us as being an interesting area to visit, offering a historical view at a district that has retained much of its character and charm as well as offering opportunity to see buildings which survived the 1906 quake and fire. This made us curious enough to make our way to the Jackson Square area after our morning visit to Embarcadero.

Unfortunately, armed only with a couple of printouts of this historic area we found this a rather difficult and slightly frustrating place to visit. We found very little information or signs pointing us to specific sights to visit and eventually felt a bit lost, unsure of what we were supposed to find in this district. Having said that, we did enjoy the industrial feel to many of the buildings in this area, they resemble popular urban industrial developments that we have visited elsewhere but seem to be the genuine article.

Overall, a nice area to walk around but do make sure you have studied this area and have sufficient information with you to understand what you are looking at. As the previous reviewer suggests, probably best to come where with an actual guide if who knows the area.
Written 9 October 2012
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Tim C
Calif.
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
What seems to be a neighborhood of old buildings is a lot more if you know what to look for. This neighborhood has some of the oldest buildings in The City, dating to the 1850's, spared from the 1906 fire. The best way to see the area is to have a guide like Randolph Delahanty's Ultimate Guide to San Francisco, which explains the history of some of the buildings. This was The City's first commercial district, and some buildings still have iron shutters used to protect the money or goods inside. Almost all of Jackson Square was built in land reclaimed from the Bay, a fact driven home when you stand in the plaza at Levi's corporate headquarters and look up the east side of Telegraph Hill. There is a huge divot dug from the hillside where rocks were quarried for fill, until some of houses started falling in the hole!
Written 5 August 2012
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