The Tenderloin is a true neighborhood, home to lifelong residents, classic roll-up-your-sleeves community doers, and in-the-know early adopters. Once the place to be for “girls, gambling, and graft” in San Francisco, this central neighborhood has smoothed some rough edges in recent years while retaining the arts, events, and food and drink culture that made it a favorite haunt for Dashiell Hammett, Miles Davis, and other cultural icons.
This nationally-recognized historic neighborhood is an artistic hotbed, with theaters like The Orpheum and The Curran and music venues like Great American Music Hall thriving in fertile creative ground. Eaters and drinkers rejoice in the Tenderloin’s blend of neighborhood dives (dirt-cheap banh mi at Little Saigon’s Saigon Sandwich are a true staple) and hip bars and restaurants (don’t forget the password at speakeasy Bourbon & Branch) that make for perfect playtime destinations.
The Tenderloin sits at the epicenter of San Francisco, bordering the Mid-Market tech corridor, Lower Nob Hill, Union Square, and Civic Center. Financial District- and Mission-adjacent, this centrally-located neighborhood boasts off-the-charts Walk Scores and a bevy of options (like BART and MUNI stops both in and near the neighborhood) that make commuting a breeze.