Oracle OpenWorld | September 30, 2014

The Real San Francisco Experience

By: Oracle Staff


In between Oracle OpenWorld sessions and keynotes, you may find yourself with a few hours to explore the city. For the real San Francisco experience, just pick a neighborhood to explore and let yourself get lost. Each has its own unique personality and flavor.

Two neighborhoods that are easily accessible from conference grounds are the Mission and the Castro.

The Mission is one of San Francisco’s most colorful neighborhoods—a blend of Latin culture and hipster sensibilities, and known for its street murals, produce stands, great food, local shops, and nightlife. To get there, take Bart on Market Street to 16th and Mission and start wandering.

The Castro is the heart of San Francisco’s gay community. Bars, restaurants, and rainbow flags line the streets. On Castro Street itself, don’t forget to look down at the beautiful, newly installed sidewalk panels highlighting gay history. To get there from the conference, just hop on the historic F streetcar on Market Street and get off at Castro Street.

The Mission Merchants Association and Castro Merchants Association both offer great coupons from local businesses.