The Tenderloin is San Francisco’s buzziest neighborhood. Dive into this eclectic mash-up of lifelong residents, passionate game changers and adventurous early adopters.

If you’re a hardcore foodie who thrives in divey spots that offer up authentic flavors, you’ll eat up this slice of plated paradise.

Try A La Turca for Turkish delights, Aria Café for your Korean snacking needs, or Saigon Sandwiches for your dirt-cheap banh mi fix. Craft cocktail lounges and locavore restaurants are popping up on every block – making the area an after-work destination for tech-savvy professionals. Punk-spirited dive bars like the Hemlock and Whiskey Thieves pack in the cool kids. Retro speakeasies like Wilson & Wilson and Tradition serve sophistication in a rocks glass. Weekend warrior tendencies? Grab brunch and all-you-can-drink mimosas at Chambers, and you’ll emerge in perfect spirits to continue merry-making at the poolside party scene of the Phoenix Hotel.

Craving a little brain food? Once known for “girls, gambling and graft,” the Tenderloin was fertile ground for the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Dashiell Hammett, and other cultural icons. Dig into the Tenderloin Museum for a taste of vibrant community-based arts and events built on the verve of this historic neighborhood. Theaters, like the Exit, Orpheum, and The Curran, add a dash of drama to the menu.

Location, location, location on your mind? At the epicenter of San Francisco, the Tenderloin is trending more than ever. This super central hood is a commuters’ paradise with the Walk Score stats to prove it. The area has BART/MUNI stops within and right next to it; and is bordered by the Mid-Market tech corridor, Lower Nob Hill, Union Square. It’s a quick jaunt from the Financial District and the Mission, and with the Civic Center as its southern border, you can get anywhere you need to go in no time.