This area is just up the hill from Union Square, where shoppers who want to max out their credit can find their wonderland, and tourist season never ends. If you want to wade through a million fanny packs and amateur photographers, this is the place for you. While downtown SF can be great for a few hours, living in the heart of it seems a little exhausting.
This is a concrete jungle and very much like most downtowns of urban cities. With the exception of a few, the stores are the same ones you will find in New York, Chicago and Boston. People are dressed in suits and pressed for time, wearing an I love San Francisco sweater and a camera around their necks or homeless. There is virtually no street parking during the day and not a grocery store for miles. It is a ghost town at night.