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Step Outside Your Hotel to Explore the Vibrant SoMa Neighborhood

Stay in SoMa for your next business trip to San Francisco and you'll never be without a great place to meet, eat, and explore.

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SoMa, short for “South of Market,” is a light industrial and warehouse district. The area first came to prominence as a high-tech hub during the dot-com boom of the 1990s. Today, it’s regarded as one of the coolest neighborhoods in San Francisco.

SoMa is packed with popular bars, boutique shops, museums, art galleries, and restaurants. It also features a collection of beautiful parks and a host of public transportation options.

The neighborhood spans from Market St. south to Townsend St., and west from the Embarcadero to Eleventh St. Within this small chunk of the city, visitors can find any number of places to work, rest, and explore. It’s just another reason why San Francisco is one of the best cities in the world for business travelers.

Yerba Buena Gardens: Nature in the city

Perfect for practicing yoga before a long day of convention activities or tossing a frisbee after a meeting, Yerba Buena Gardens represents a peaceful escape from the intensity of working life. From the landscaped lawns to the serene and flowering gardens, it’s a great spot to spend an afternoon. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a multidisciplinary contemporary art gallery and performance space, is also on the premises, and the nearby hotel offerings are just as splendid.

Oracle Park: A destination for sports fans

For sports fans, hotels near the famous Oracle Park might be more enticing. The home of the San Francisco Giants is surrounded by endless opportunities for pleasure in the free moments of a business trip. Boasting a classic design and plenty of entertainment inside the park, Oracle Park offers an exceptional game-viewing experience. The Yard, an outdoor beer-garden-meets-pop-up located across McCovey Cove, offers up even more diversions. Eat, sing, root for the home team, then take a quick walk back to one of the numerous nearby hotels when it’s time to call it a night.

Folsom Street: Epicenter of SoMa food culture

Hungry visitors can find excellent food along any section of this long, curving street. Items not to be missed include the incredible coffee at BrainWash Café, the dim spicy calamari at Cha-Am Thai Restaurant, and the chicken and lamb at Chaat Café. The options here are endless and diverse, with comfortable accommodations close by.

Second and Third Streets: Retail therapy

Sometimes shopping is the perfect way to end a busy convention day. Staying on SoMa’s Second and Third streets makes it easy to find unique gifts and souvenirs. Shoppers can get some of California’s best adult beverages from Flatiron Wines and Spirits, perfect for gifting or celebrating. The Alexander Book Company offers three floors of literary distractions for bookworms. The 303 Second Street Plaza also offers excellent shopping alongside a collection of public art. Nearby South Park, San Francisco’s first planned development, features a dense collection of chic boutiques.

SoMa has options for everyone

From the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Alice Street Community Gardens to the Folsom Street Fair to the How Weird Street Faire, SoMa offers limitless ways to fill the time in between convention events. No matter how one spends their time in the neighborhood—whether it’s sightseeing, eating, drinking, or hearing live music—there’s always a quality hotel nearby.