Jackson Square is a historic district at the northern border of the Financial District that is widely considered one of the most architecturally significant neighborhoods in San Francisco. Many of San Francisco’s best restaurants such as Kokkari Estiatorio, Bix, Cotogna and Roka Akor are found within the neighborhood. In recent years, upscale retailers and boutique brands such as Shinola, Allbirds, Fjallraven and Filson have transformed Jackson Square into a major retail destination. The unique environment has also attracted venture capital and investment firms who want to be closer to the technology firms that they invest in. Over 30 firms, including Iconiq Capital, Jackson Square Ventures and Zetta Venture Partners now call Jackson Square home, earning the neighborhood the nickname the “New Sand Hill Road.”
Historically, the district served as the gateway for sailors and merchants into the city and later on as an art-centric district. The area is universally known as one of the most difficult districts to build in due to the historic architecture and proximity to the water.
Nearby attractions include the Ferry Building, which not only serves as a gourmet marketplace, but as San Francisco’s primary ferry terminal, Coit Tower, which offers 360-degree views of the City and the Bay and the Exploratorium, a popular science museum which has over 1 million visitors annually.