An officially designated historic district, Dogpatch is one of San Francisco’s most exciting new neighborhoods. Thanks to the dot-com boom and the creation of the nearby UCSF research campus and hospital complex in Mission Bay, this once run-down waterfront area is now a hip mecca for artists, photographers, and young urban professionals. Because the area survived the 1906 earthquake and fire relatively unscathed, it is home to some of the oldest buildings in San Francisco, some dating back to the 1860s. These historic houses sit among chic new live-in studios, live/work lofts, apartment complexes, and condos that are rapidly replacing the dilapidated dockside warehouses and factories. 

Dogpatch has become a destination for foodies as well, with the farm-to-table restaurant scene exploding along Third Street and 22nd Street. Many of these eateries offer romantic waterfront views, and are in good company among trendy new boutiques, coffee shops, gourmet stores, and wine bars. For outdoor recreation, Water Cove Park is a serene spot with walking paths, lawns, and waterfront views, and both Mission Creek Park and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, are within walking distance. A little further afoot is the neighborhood Potrero Hill, which boasts several great neighborhood parks and playgrounds, as well as more quality restaurants and shopping. Dogpatch residents also appreciate the fact that getting in and out of the neighborhood is a breeze, thanks to the Third Street rail line that can whisk you to the Embarcadero or Downtown in minutes. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The first true light-rail line in the mostly streetcar MUNI system, the T-Third Street runs through Dogpatch and connects to the existing MUNI network along the southern Embarcadero and below Market Street.

The first true light-rail line in the mostly streetcar MUNI system, the T-Third Street runs through Dogpatch and connects to the existing MUNI network along the southern Embarcadero and below Market Street.

Water Cove Park is a waterfront public space with walking paths, lawns and benches. 

Water Cove Park is a waterfront public space with walking paths, lawns and benches. 

Mission Rock Resort is a bi-level seafood restaurant with an oyster bar and decks overlooking the bay.

Mission Rock Resort is a bi-level seafood restaurant with an oyster bar and decks overlooking the bay.

The Yard at Mission Rock is a pop-up village constructed from repurposed shipping containers that houses local food and drink establishments, retail shops and public open space.

The Yard at Mission Rock is a pop-up village constructed from repurposed shipping containers that houses local food and drink establishments, retail shops and public open space.

Piccino serves up fine Italian food in a bright, yellow Victorian house.

Piccino serves up fine Italian food in a bright, yellow Victorian house.

La Fromagerie is an upscale neighborhood cheese shop.

La Fromagerie is an upscale neighborhood cheese shop.

A Dogpatch institution, Hard Knox Café is known for its Southern comfort food.

A Dogpatch institution, Hard Knox Café is known for its Southern comfort food.

Locals enjoy the weekend brunch at Serpentine. 

Locals enjoy the weekend brunch at Serpentine. 

It’s hard to pass up a treat at Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous homemade ice cream shop.

It’s hard to pass up a treat at Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous homemade ice cream shop.

Dogpatch Wine Works is an urban winery where you can taste and also make your own wine.

Dogpatch Wine Works is an urban winery where you can taste and also make your own wine.

The Blue-Greenway bike route traces the water’s edge along the Embarcadero downtown, then out to Fisherman’s Wharf and ultimately to Crissy Field Park and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Blue-Greenway bike route traces the water’s edge along the Embarcadero downtown, then out to Fisherman’s Wharf and ultimately to Crissy Field Park and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hip local boutiques are popping up throughout Dogpatch. Rickshaw Bagworks produces and sells colorful, sturdy messenger bags. 

Hip local boutiques are popping up throughout Dogpatch. Rickshaw Bagworks produces and sells colorful, sturdy messenger bags. 

The Museum of Craft and Design is known for its innovative exhibitions.

The Museum of Craft and Design is known for its innovative exhibitions.

Dogpatch Boulders is an indoor climbing center that offers a fun way to stay in shape.

Dogpatch Boulders is an indoor climbing center that offers a fun way to stay in shape.

Dogpatch Studios is a large industrial space that may be rented for events, photo shoots and film productions.

Dogpatch Studios is a large industrial space that may be rented for events, photo shoots and film productions.