Downtown Living on the Embarcadero
More than just an incredible view out your apartment window, San Francisco’s most beloved boulevard also offers a host of very cool attractions, museums, parks, piers, restaurants, and more. These top 10 picks below are all also within easy walking distance of Towers of Rincon, from .1 miles to .8 miles away.
Just a block away, pet-friendly Rincon Park has lush green areas for picnicking and relaxing, Instagram-worthy perspectives of the Bay Bridge, walking paths, and the famous Cupid’s Span sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
Learn more: https://www.theeastcut.org/open-space/rincon-park/
Near Rincon Park is Pier 14, a pedestrian-friendly walkway that stretches far out into the bay. It’s an excellent spot to grab photos of the sunrise, the Bay Bridge, and Yerba Buena Island, and also popular with anglers as no permit is needed to fish. A series of metal plates along the pier also offers excerpts from Rudyard Kipling's poem, “The Sea and the Hills”.
Walking, Running, & Biking
While the entire Embarcadero spans several miles, the 1.6 mile route from Rincon Park to Pier 19 has wide and mostly flat sidewalks that are especially beloved by walkers, runners, cyclists, and scooters (scooter-ists?).
The Bay Bridge at Night
Always beautiful by day, the Bay Bridge truly comes into its own after dark, where 25,000 individually programmed white LEDs create a dazzling, never-repeated display of twinkling lights. Originally designed as a two-year installation, the iconic light sculpture by artist Leo Villareal was made permanent in 2016.
Learn more: https://illuminatesf.com/posts/sto/the-bay-lights-embarcadero
The Ferry Building
Just a six-minute walk from Rincon Park, the Ferry Building is one of San Francisco’s most iconic landmarks and gourmet hot spots, home to the weekly Farmers Market, merchants from Blue Bottle Coffee to Humphrey Slocombe to the Slanted Door, and more.
The Waterfront Restaurant & Pier 7 Walkway
A .7 mile walk from Rincon Park, The Waterfront Restaurant has been an iconic destination since it opened in1969, with breathtaking views and both indoor and outdoor dining. Pier 7 itself is also home to a lovely walkway with vintage-looking light poles.
Learn more: https://www.waterfrontsf.com
The F Line
San Francisco’s famous street car line turns onto the Embarcadero near the Ferry building, making frequent stops along its waterfront route down to PIer 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. .
Learn more: https://www.streetcar.org/f-line/#embarcadero
Exploratorium at PIer 15
A scenic walk that’s just under a mile away from Rincon Park, the Exploratorium hosts over 1 million visitors annually that enjoy the museum’s mesmerizing displays of arts, science, technology, and more. Featuring hundreds of different exhibits throughout six spacious indoor and outdoor galleries.
Learn more: https://www.exploratorium.edu
Located near the Exploratorium, Levi’s Plaza is both a corporate campus that’s home to a variety of innovative companies, as well as a lovely urban oasis full of lush grassy green spaces and plants, striking public art and fountains, and some fabulous options for eating and drinking.
Learn more: https://levisplaza.com
Scenic Cruises & Charters
Have you been out on the water lately? Not just for tourists, cruises and private boat charters are one of the most enjoyable and invigorating ways to appreciate living in San Francisco.