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Yerba Buena Gardens

Park, Plaza, and Garden
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • Megan Allison
    Megan Allison2 weeks ago
    Like a little valley of sweeping downtown views. Good for a picnics, or just passing through on foot.
  • Joey C.
    Joey CarmelloJanuary 24
    Been here 50+ times
    Good place to bring a lunch
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe CondonSeptember 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in the city. Eat at Lemonade!!
  • Javier R.
    Javier RiccobonoSeptember 3, 2016
    Just walking around IT is great
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueSeptember 1, 2016
    Pleasant little park in the heart of SoMa and a few steps away from Market Street. Shame it's so shabby and host to so many homeless.
  • Anita J.
    Anita JesenaJuly 4, 2016
    The easy access to shopping in the Metreon to maybe pick up treats for your picnic. I like it to help me relax after a movie or for a quick break from a conference around the corner in Moscone.
  • Anita J.
    Anita JesenaJuly 4, 2016
    Live music on nice days when you can hold a picnic are cool. Soaking in the park can take your breath away. Parties here blow this native's mind & reminds me to fest prep for next month's celebration.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱May 31, 2016
    Very relaxing urban garden.
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BurdonMay 20, 2016
    Fountains are lovely
  • Jess L.
    Jess LMarch 22, 2016
    Surprisingly serene spot in the middle of downtown. I love the sculptures, the slides, and the carousel.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff Reine 🌧March 20, 2016
    Urban oasis. Except during GDC. Or Oracle World. Or Dreamforce. Or WWDC.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda ThauMarch 18, 2016
    Great place to eat lunch, read a book, people watch, and relax!
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy MorganDecember 23, 2015
    Put your phone away and enjoy the view.
  • Juan B.
    Juan BuisDecember 11, 2015
    Kind of hidden, but a great city oasis!
  • Keenan P.
    Keenan PattersonDecember 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place to sit and people watch for lunch or after a long day.
  • Aki
    AkiNovember 22, 2015
    Get some takeaway and sit down for a relaxed lunch on the lawn.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongOctober 7, 2015
    Nice spot to relax and enjoy lunch especially on bright sunny days
  • Chuck R.
    Chuck RoslofSeptember 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A nice place to eat lunch if you work in the area.
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiSeptember 6, 2015
    Lovely "park" in the middle of downtown. Right next to the metreon. Samovar has a nice view.
  • Tiffany K.
    Tiffany KocielkoSeptember 1, 2015
    Great place to relax, and have a picnic.
  • MissConnor
    MissConnorAugust 22, 2015
    Great to come and relax a little, but not so great for families; you'll find 1 or 2 people smoking crack or pot.
  • Kiman Hoi An H.
    beautiful grass Read more
  • George H.
    George HayesJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing spot to have lunch in the city.
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.July 5, 2015
    Love the waterfall. Park is now completely open again after having been renovated this spring.
  • shyain c.
    shyain christopherJune 26, 2015
    Real nice place to people watch
  • Mario S.
    Mario SundarJune 8, 2015
    Lounge here on your way to the theater.
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 25, 2015
    Possibly the best park in San Francisco: great views, inspirational quotes, and a playground with slides!
  • Penny F.
    Penny FMay 16, 2015
    It's a beautiful place!
  • SFist
    SFistMay 6, 2015
    This guy! He and other public pieces are on display at the Yerba Buena Gardens outdoor park between the Yerba Buena Center and the Metreon.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GomesApril 24, 2015
    Atmosphere
  • Stacy
    StacyApril 14, 2015
    very lovely park, enjoy the view and sunshine
  • Bre R.
    Bre RozApril 14, 2015
    It's always refreshing to walk behind the waterfalls, especially when you need to erase the city sounds for a few minutes and just Zen out.
  • Arjun S.
    Arjun SundararajanApril 2, 2015
    A great green place in the middle of the concrete SoMa jungle. The area above the waterfalls is super peaceful. I like the group of people playing chess on the east edge.
  • Quang N.
    Quang NguyenMarch 23, 2015
    Life is beautiful.
  • Last Black Man i.
    Great naps.
  • Claire W.
    Claire WhiteMarch 5, 2015
    Come here and zone out!
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 26, 2015
    Nice place to come and enjoy lunch and get away from the traffic and crowds on a nice day.
  • Karen C.
    Karen CFebruary 15, 2015
    Dogs not allowed. They escort you out of the gardens
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 11, 2015
    You may see a homeless or two sunbathing on the grass, don't be alarmed.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The gardens are the best outdoor gardens in SF, making our list of "The Tastes That Make the City: SF Edition." Read more
  • Natz U.
    Natz UrenaJanuary 4, 2015
    Martin Luther King Memorial walk behind the water
  • Kelley Y.
    Kelley YNovember 16, 2014
    Nice walking place
  • Thaisa F.
    Thaisa FernandesOctober 12, 2014
    Nice place to go with pets
  • Gunz
    GunzOctober 6, 2014
    Great quiet nook park in SoMa with easy Metreon & Westfield access. Sit by the wall fountain fixtures on a hot day
  • UpOut Events
    UpOut EventsSeptember 15, 2014
    Check out Poetic Tuesday, proving that creativity is ageless, the TODCO Poets wax eloquent on romance, friendships, family, politics, & aging. Tue, 9/16, 12:30-1:30pm, free. Read more
  • Khoa M.
    Khoa MaSeptember 8, 2014
    Great view of the city on top of MKL memorial. Free Wifi spot downtown!
  • P D.
    P DavisAugust 16, 2014
    Beautiful MLK memorial!
  • angeLeo H.
    angeLeo HuabAugust 9, 2014
    #pistahansf
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AptekarAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Sit for a while on the grass, or explore behind the fountain~
  • 41560318
    41560318June 10, 2014
    good view of the people who are seeming to populate the area in front of the Jewish Museum. interesting to see the once quiet and vacant architecturally remastered space with humans.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CriderJune 5, 2014
    See Bastille perform "Pompeii", "Bad Blood" and other songs at the #WWDC14 Bash on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.
  • Ariel C.
    Ariel ChaitMay 15, 2014
    Great place to catch some sun
  • Joey N.
    Joey NMarch 27, 2014
    The great wide open...
  • Pablo Jimenez
    Pablo JimenezMarch 23, 2014
    I recommend doing everything with your little ones.
  • Westfield S.
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Westfield San Francisco Centre on 2/8/2014! May you enjoy good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the Year of the Horse. Read more
  • Willard Wheaton D.
    Willard Wheaton DavisDecember 29, 2013
    The Martin Luther King, Jr Falls and Quotations are Awe Inspiring!!
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SalatineDecember 26, 2013
    Beautiful scenery and a great place to relax and read a good book!
  • Kristy C.
    Kristy ChowDecember 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Samovar tea lounge and convenient city target
  • Hao C.
    Hao ChenDecember 9, 2013
    Night scene here is mesmerizing.
  • Kreme B.
    Kreme BruleeDecember 3, 2013
    Meditate by the mlk waterfall.
  • Claude D.
    Claude D'souzaNovember 21, 2013
    Awesome spot for an enriched sunbath.... With coffee for a sip
  • Andrey M.
    Andrey MelihovOctober 22, 2013
    Nice place, nice view, WiFi :)
  • Michael O.
    Michael OsmanOctober 16, 2013
    Great, great park in the middle of urban sprawl.
  • Jerry R.
    Jerry RichartSeptember 23, 2013
    Awesome oasis in the city
  • Aaron Jacob W.
    Aaron Jacob WillmanSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It is lovely when people don't use the park as a toilet.
  • Alisa B.
    Alisa BSeptember 6, 2013
    Good place to hang out on lunch
  • Yazeed A.
    Yazeed AlshobailiAugust 28, 2013
    To put it in one word : Beautiful.
  • Bun M.
    Bun ManoAugust 28, 2013
    Behind the waterfall are the inscriptions of some of MLK Jr's speeches, while just above the waterfall is a great vista of the SFMOMA and part of SF's downtown skyline.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SongAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Took me three days to figure out dogs are not allowed here.
  • Rosemarie M.
    Rosemarie McKeonAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Lovely photo oops from bridge and third floor.
  • Eileen C.
    Eileen ChiJune 27, 2013
    Check their website for a schedule free events such as concerts and art events on weekdays and weekends now through October. Lunch time entertainment.
  • Rashanator
    RashanatorApril 1, 2013
    Great for people watching
  • ollie
    ollieMarch 24, 2013
    Great tea above the waterfall
  • Patrice D.
    Patrice D.March 18, 2013
    Beautiful MLK memorial here don't forget to check it out
  • Asiyat T.
    Asiyat TsalikovaFebruary 16, 2013
    Perfect place to enjoy the sun in the middle of the downtown
  • Brian D.
    Brian DiCroccoFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    No dogs allowed here.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MeyerJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Free wifi in the Metreon dining area. Sit on the terrace or by the windows for a view of Yerba Buena Gardens and a more bustling city vibe.
  • Robert B.
    Robert BelnapSeptember 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Finally!!! Green grass and trees we can enjoy in the city.
  • Patricia I.
    Patricia IanhezAugust 12, 2012
    My favorite place in SF for relaxing after a long day. It gives me peace of mind
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Take photos of St. Patrick Catholic Church, walk behind the waterfall. Grab a tea at Samovar Tea Lounge or watch a movie at the Metreon before/after.
  • Westfield S.
    Take a trip back in time and see San Francisco’s colorful history come to life. Visit Westfield San Francisco Centre on 865 Market Street and watch our free light spectacular under the dome!
  • james v.
    james vlietJune 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the tigers
  • james v.
    james vlietJune 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A great place for lunch and sun!
  • luxemd
    luxemdJune 19, 2012
    I can't wait to come back to this beautiful place! xoxo
  • james v.
    james vlietJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a peaceful place!
  • Casey K.
    Casey KnappJune 6, 2012
    Take a nap
  • Michael P.
    Lunch concert in the garden today!
  • Anna K.
    Anna KocherovskyMarch 31, 2012
    Great architecture, great atmosphere and composition to walk through. Go check out Samovar for some brunch.
  • Zak S.
    Zak SantiagoMarch 7, 2012
    Best place to spend your lunch break. (:
  • Justin B.
    Justin BakerMarch 2, 2012
    Spark a spliff here before you go to the MOMA.
  • Petko M.
    Petko MinkovDecember 23, 2011
    Relax, eat lunch, it's a good place.
  • sabler
    sablerDecember 10, 2011
    A small, but really nice and quiet slice of green.
  • Ali T.
    Ali ThanawallaDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Walk underneath the waterfall. It's a cool place to take photos.
  • Maryfaith
    MaryfaithNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    On a clear day, the evening light in this area is beautiful. And amongst the hustle and bustle of a busy city, this is the best place in downtown to relax and experience (some) nature.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BurbidgeOctober 16, 2011
    Take your time here. Take lots of it.
  • Jose C.
    Jose CapoSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    walk under the fountain, then have a snack above it!
  • Pistahan Parade and Festival
    Discover Filipino cuisine every 2nd week of August for the Pistahan Festival, a fantastic celebration of Filipino culture and cuisine. Featuring world-class entertainment and dozens of food vendors.
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  • Bluewolf
    BluewolfAugust 9, 2011
    Beautiful spot to take in some sun and maybe some lunch...especially after being underground at Dreamforce for 4 days!!
  • Nancy B.
    Nancy BrodenJuly 24, 2011
    The free concerts are always a good time.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KaufmanJuly 24, 2011
    Need a bathroom? Next to bowling. Lifesaver.
  • Natasha N.
    Natasha NoMarch 14, 2016
    Comece o segundo dia de viagem por aqui. Siga para Moma, Jewish Museum e Chinatown para almoçar.
  • Jorge P.
    Jorge PadillaFebruary 16, 2016
    Esta plaza parque es un pequeño oasis dentro de la ciudad de los mejores parques públicos que he visitado en mi vida
  • Marcia S.
    Marcia StoletJuly 28, 2015
    Delícia de passeio. Principalmente se tiver um showzinho rolando por ali.
  • David B.
    David BernalNovember 25, 2014
    En navidad son muy bonitos...
  • Luce
    LuceOctober 2, 2014
    L'endroit pour manger votre sandwich et faire la sieste dans la yerba ! :)
  • Marco A.
    Marco AlmazanMay 22, 2014
    Buenísimo para descansar después de las compras con un delicioso late!
  • Maxim B.
    Maxim BabichevMarch 25, 2014
    Отличное место. Можно работать, сидя под прямыми лучами солнца на траве, камнях, пнях, скамейках. У фонтана особый бонус — не слышно ничего, кроме шума воды. Самый стабильный WiFi — Free WiFi Target.
  • Jesús G.
    Genial para descansar un rato.
  • Celia C.
    Bello pasto para tirarse a dormir una siesta o comer algo
  • Francois P.
    Francois PichardAugust 9, 2012
    Un petit parc agréable pour se poser et même déjeuner ; tranquille malgré l'animation du quartier et la vue sur les bâtiments alentours est très sympa
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