Nestled between elite Pacific Heights and the stylish Marina, charming Cow Hollow is one of the city’s most livable—and lively—neighborhoods. Named for its former life as cattle grazing grounds, the area is now home to gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian architecture and art deco apartment buildings. Cow Hollow’s swanky commercial hub centers around Union Street, which is overflowing with sidewalk cafes, upscale fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, antique shops, spas, salons, and natural food stores. The blocks surrounding the intersection of Fillmore and Union Streets are a popular nightlife destination, with everything from post-collegiate sports bars to quiet wine bars attracting after-hours partygoers. Daytime in Cow Hollow is also a treat, with many beautiful recreational facilities nearby.
Lombard Street marks the entrance to the sprawling Presidio, a former military base that now offers miles of hiking trails, playgrounds and scenic views—not to mention several museums, restaurants, and a state-of-the-art YMCA. A little further afoot are Fort Mason, Moscone Recreation Center, and Crissy Field, all of which provide wonderful family-friendly excursions. Here in Cow Hollow, cabs are never too hard to find, but several bus lines make the neighborhood extra convenient for commuters. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso