Neighborhood Profile

We take to the streets and delve into the communities around us to share what makes the area special while also filling our appetites with the local flavors.

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The Peninsula’s Food Revival

Aside from a year-round temperate climate, proximity to countless Internet startups, and some of the priciest housing in the country, the Peninsula towns of Burlingame, San Mateo, Woodside, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Mountain View share something surprising in common: They all have Michelin-starred restaurants.
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How Temescal Transformed from a Small Creek to a Multicultural Neighborhood

Unless you’re familiar with the Oakland neighborhood, the word “temescal” probably doesn’t ring a bell. That’s because it’s derived from the ancient Nahuatl language of the Aztec people.
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San Jose’s Willow Glen

With more than a million residents, San Jose, California is the tenth-largest city in the United States—but you’d never guess it if you visited Willow Glen, one of the city’s most coveted neighborhoods.
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My Alameda

There is no better way to learn about a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Nihaar Gupta has lived in Alameda for seven years and generously shared his recommendations.
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West Portal’s Birth and Renewal Are Coupled to Its Streetcars

In the West Portal neighborhood in southwest San Francisco, you will likely not encounter tourists—either from the other side of the world or other side of town. But, for the locals that live on the west side and rely on Muni’s K, L and M lines, West Portal, with its cozy, unassuming personality and small town charm, is the essential, do-everything, go-to hub for many of their daily needs.
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Telegraph Avenue Still Feeds Berkeley’s Counterculture Epicenter

Berkeley, California holds worldwide renown for two things—being home to the University of California, Berkeley, and serving as the hotbed of 1960s counterculture—and it’s on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley that you’ll find the epicenter of both.
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Downtown Oakland is a Celebration of Its Immigrant Heritage

Head 10 miles east of downtown San Francisco, and you’ll find the epicenter of another bustling Bay Area metropolis: the downtown district of Oakland.
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North Beach, One Slice at a Time

Take a waltz through North Beach, and you may notice a few things: alleyways named after famed Beatniks. An entire avenue lit up by risqué neon signs. Street lamps displaying green, white, and red stripes. Young urban professionals and families (along with plenty of tourists) occupying sidewalk cafes and ristorantes.
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A World of International Flavors in the Inner Sunset

According to the historians over at San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods Project, the whole Sunset District of San Francisco was named in 1889 and was reportedly called “Great Sand Waste” when it was still just sand dunes instead of the lively avenues filled with homes and businesses that are there today.
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Contrasts and Constant Change Made the Mission We Love

A uniquely San Francisco phenomenon, the Mission is a place where taquerias, family bodegas, and thrift shops coexist next to sleek juice bars, designer clothing boutiques, and Michelin-starred restaurants.