Central Market, also known as Mid-Market and in some quarters, as the Twitter-hood – an homage to Twitter headquarters at 1355 Market St., is roughly a seven- block area of Market Street.A combination of enterprise zone, high tech (in addition to Twitter, tenants in the area include Spotify, Square and Yammer), arts groups, retail and restaurants, Central Market is witnessing a boom in new, mostly residential, construction as well.
Market Street has long been the thoroughfare where the city celebrates, whether it’s the end of World War II or the parade celebrating the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants when crowds of 50 deep lined the city’s “Path of Gold,” the latter a reference to 321 lamp posts which feature distinctive amber colored lights.
This nexus of Civic Center, Hayes Valley, the Tenderloin and South of Market is easily accessed by the F-line historic streetcars. Major Broadway productions are featured on the stages of SHN’s Golden Gate and Orpheum theaters, and the American Conservatory Theater will open the new Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., in spring, 2015 with the West Coast premiere of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information. The Warfield, 982 Market St., also hosts a number of Live Nation performances throughout the year. Night markets are springing up along the corridor (which is restricted to through traffic between 6th and 10th streets), and in the blocks closer to the Castro end of Market, there are a number of vintage furniture emporiums.
At 969 Market St., The Village is a new 17,000 square foot state of the art event venue and just down the block at 1028 Market St. the Hall billed as a “super pop-up” opened in September 2014 and offers seven culinary venues each with a particular ethnic focus under one roof.
On the north edge, The Tenderloin is home to Glide Memorial Church, experimental theater companies, jazz and blues clubs, more than 200 restaurants and cafes and the annual Tet Festival, which reflects a post-Vietnam War influx of Laotians, Cambodians and Vietnamese to this area.