The Marina and Cow Hollow neighborhoods sit between Marina Boulevard, Van Ness Avenue, Vallejo Street, and Lyon Street. It's one of the cutest neighborhoods in the city with much colorful cheer in the bright apartment buildings! There's always a bustling 20-to-30-something crowd out and about.
My favorite thing to do is wander in the Marina and get lost in the beautiful streets of uniquely architected buildings. With lots of different color schemes and styles, I love to find new buildings each time I walk around. It's so cute and charming!
The two main streets with lots of restaurants, shops, and bars, are Chestnut Street and Union Street. My favorite restaurants on and near Chestnut Street are A16, Delarosa, and Blackwood. Also check out the MINA Test Kitchen, a pop up Michael Mina restaurant he uses to text new menu ideas! I'm still eager to try the new restaurant and bar, The Dorian, as well as Causwells and Acquerello in this area. Near Chestnut, you'll find a popular bar scene at places like The Tipsy Pig, The Campus, Stock in Trade and Monaghan's.
Near Union Street, my favorite restaurants are Roam Burger, Ottimista, Rose's Cafe, and Umami, and I'm looking to check out Belga soon! The infamous "Triangle" is a stretch of bars at the corner of Fillmore and Greenwich. Near here, you'll find bars like Eastside West, Balboa Cafe, Sabrosa, Comet Club, Mauna Loa, Jaxson SF and Matrix Fillmore for a fun nightlife scene.
If you are a runner or just like being active, the Marina Green is a great place to run or bike with a flat, paved path as well as a long stretch of grass to save the joints if need be. There's also a free, outdoor workout station here. You can also walk to Crissy Field (technically part of the Presidio) from the Marina Green. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the bridge, which is always a nice morning or evening pick-me-up! It's so scenic and beautiful that you just can't go wrong. If you check out this area, be sure to stop by the Warming Hut for a delicious glass of coffee or a snack with an unbeatable view.
Hanging out in front of the warming hut with my friend and bridesmaid, Leslie!
Another great place to check out is the iconic Palace of Fine Arts. This set of buildings is absolutely immaculate! It looks like something you'd see in an old European city. This is a theatre that has lots of events throughout the year. See if you're interested in any of the shows by viewing their events calendar!
Now that I live in Cow Hollow, I get to appreciate this beautiful neighborhood every day. I absolutely love the location and young vibe. Find more restaurant recommendations on my Foodie Finds list. If you're looking to explore a neighborhood on the other side of the city, check out my pointers for the outer sunset. Hope you enjoy exploring this neighborhood as much as I do, and please feel free to reach out for any recommendations!