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Yerba Buena Gardens is the heart of the City’s downtown cultural district. It’s a place to embrace your every mood, celebrate diversity, and find green relief. Discover renowned galleries, museums, cafes, restaurants and theaters cradled by landscaped lawns, public art, award-winning architecture, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Revel in hundreds of free outdoor performances. Experience the Children’s Garden, play circle and Children’s Creativity Museum. Or join people of all ages enjoying ice skating, bowling, the historic carousel, as well as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, restaurants and shopping at Jessie Square and Yerba Buena Lane. No wonder YBG is recognized as one of the United States’ top 30 urban parks. It’s the perfect place to play, dine, shop or just relax.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts | Galleries & ForumYerba Buena Center for the Arts was founded in 1993 out of an expressed need for an accessible, high-profile San Francisco venue devoted to contemporary visual art, performance, and film/video representing diverse cultural and artistic perspectives. YBCA’s two contemporary buildings include galleries, a flexible “Forum” space and film/video screening room designed by Fumihiko Maki in association with RMW, and the Lam Research Theater designed by James Stewart Polshek.

YBCA opened to international acclaim in October 1993. From the ground up, YBCA was designed to embrace and celebrate a diversity of arts, cultures, and audiences. Created on the model of the European Kunsthalles, with no permanent art collection, YBCA bridges the seemingly contradictory worlds of pop culture, contemporary art, and community aesthetics. Exhibitions, performance, film/video, and community engagement programs are organized thematically in an effort to connect art and community life, and a host of community engagement programs each year connect audiences with art, artists and ideas.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Fountain | Waterfall


Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial | YBGThe Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens inspires with Dr. King’s vision of peace and international unity. Behind a majestic waterfall 20 feet high and 50 feet wide are twelve shimmering glass panels set in Sierra granite and inscribed with Dr. King’s inspiring words, poems and images from the civil rights movement. The Quotations by Dr. King are translated into the languages of San Francisco’s thirteen international sister cities, as well as African and Arabic dialects. The memorial, called Revelations, is anchored at one end with large panels of photographic images etched in glass of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington. At the other end, images depict San Francisco civil rights marchers commemorating the march’s 20th anniversary in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The memorial is free and open to all. It’s also the third largest memorial to Dr. King in the United States next to memorials in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Artist and sculptor, Houston Conwill, created this memorial in collaboration with poet Estella Conwill Majoza and architect Joseph De Pace. Conwill said Revelations offers a cultural pilgrimage and contemplative metaphorical journey of transformation. Visitors walk along the floating bridge in a counter-clock-wise direction through the rushing and cascading waters to experience a “baptism” of water and the empowering words of Dr. King for the purpose of education, empowerment and renewal.

Children's Creativity Museum


Children's Creativity Museum | Yerba Buena GardensChildren’s Creativity Museum is a community-based art and technology museum serving youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. With a mission to foster creativity in young people, Children’s Creativity Museum provides high quality, interactive experiences using art, media and technology tools to ignite the imagination and inspire lifelong learning.

Contemporary Jewish Museum


Contemporary Jewish Museum at Yerba Buena GardensThe Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) is a place to experience art, music, film, literature, debate, and—most importantly—people. At CJM, visitors will find innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire. The museum is located in Jessie Square along Mission Street and steps from Yerba Buena Gardens’ Esplanade. CJM’s new home opened in 2005. Designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, it is a magnificent adaptive reuse of the historic Jessie Street Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Power Substation, a 1907 landmark designed by architect Willis Polk. Libeskind’s design combines the history of an early 20th-century San Francisco landmark building with the dynamism of contemporary architecture to celebrate Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas within the context of 21st-century perspectives.

Yerba Buena Lane


Yerba Buena Lane | YBGYerba Buena Lane is located across Mission Street from Yerba Buena Gardens and neighbors the 19th century St. Patrick Catholic Church and Contemporary Jewish Museum. This petite lane is home to the new SFMOMA Museum Store, a gallery devoted to the art of Chinese glass, captivating museums, restaurants, a Swiss confiserie and a cafe specializing in cream puffs.

Jessie Square


Jessie Square | Yerba Buena GardensAcross from Yerba Buena Gardens, Jessie Square serves as a grand entrance to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM). The expansive plaza intertwines grass, shrubs, and water to transform the eight-foot elevation difference between the Mission Street sidewalk and CJM into a stairs-free gradual slope. The result is a compelling place to relax, enjoy lunch or gaze at the spectacular juxtaposition of San Francisco’s architectural history featuring the 19th century St. Patrick Catholic Church, the massive blue stainless-steel cube designed by Daniel Libeskind for CJM and towering city skyscrapers.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center


Yerba Buena Ice CenterThe Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center features year round ice skating 7 days a week with public sessions, skating school, and youth/adult hockey. The Ice Center has a full service Pro Shop with great gear and authentic skatewear. Corporate events and small gatherings for 10-500 also available for hosted Birthday Parties and more. The center is located on the roof of Moscone Center between 3rd and Fourth streets and Howard and Folsom streets. Please see the center’s schedule for hours of operation, including public skating session times.

Yerba Buena Bowling Center


Yerba Buena Gardens | Bowling CenterOpen 7 days a week, the Yerba Buena Bowling Center features 12 lanes. For small groups to Corporate Events from 10-100, the Bowling Center is the perfect place for fun and relaxation. The center is also home to many Bowling Leagues. The center is located on the roof of Moscone Center between 3rd and Fourth streets and Howard and Folsom streets. The center is open Sunday noon-9pm, Monday 10am-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday 10am-10pm, and Friday-Saturday 10am-midnight.

Child Development Center


Yerba Buena Gardens Child Development CenterSouth of Market Child Care, Inc.’s Yerba Buena Garden’s Child Development Center offers full-time infant and toddler care for children ages 3 months to 3 years and Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years.

METREON


METREON | YBGMETREON is a stunning setting for dining, shopping and entertainment in downtown San Francisco. Overlooking beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens, METREON is home to a lively assortment of indoor and outdoor dining experiences, unique retailers, the new CityTarget, a renovated AMC Theatres METREON 16 and the City View event space. METREON is steps from Moscone Convention Center, world-renowned museums, galleries, shopping, hotels and transit in the dynamic Yerba Buena neighborhood. METREON—a celebration of San Francisco—and it’s all new.

Moscone Center


Moscone Center | YBGMoscone Center is San Francisco’s premier convention, exhibit and meeting space. Today’s Moscone Center includes three buildings covering more than 20 acres with over 2 million square feet of building area. Combined, the 3 buildings consist of over 740,000 square of exhibit space, up to 106 meeting rooms and as many as four ballrooms. Yerba Buena Gardens, mostly at ground level, is built on top of Moscone Center’s various buildings.


The Esplanade


Yerba Buena Gardens | EsplanadeYerba Buena Garden’s five-acre Esplanade of landscaped lawns, trees, flowers, falling water, public art, and small cafes is the perfect place to play, chill out, enjoy lunch or listen to a free outdoor concert. For residents and visitors alike, it is the front yard to the City. Conventioneers enjoy the stroll through the gardens on the way to Moscone Center. The sound of water, the smell of flowers, the warmth of sunlight, the unfolding carpet of grass, the expanse of open sky, and the backdrop of buildings and bridges create a serene oasis in the middle of the bustle of downtown San Francisco.

Chidren's Learning Garden


Children's Learning Garden | Yerba Buena GardensYerba Buena Children’s Learning Garden offers free Learning Days designed to foster the green thumb. Learning Days focus on educating children about the seasonal life cycle of a garden as well as sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, A team of Garden Guides involve children in gardening, crafts, music and story hour, tours of the Garden, holiday-themed activities, and Oracle Wishing Tree wish making. Check the YBG Calendar of Events for when Learning Days take place. All events are free.

Children's Garden


Children's Garden | YBGDesigned by Adele Santos, the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden is the perfect place for family fun, integrating interactive and engaging areas for kids with an emphasis on discovery, nature, and play. A focal point is the Children’s Creativity Museum—an interactive art and technology museum for kids. There’s 100-year-old hand-carved 1906 carousel that invites people into the garden and is an attraction itself.

The Children’s Garden includes the Play Circle which has a sand circle, a playground, a xylophone and a 25-foot tube slide, designed by M. Paul Friedberg, known internationally for his pioneering work in urban playground design. There’s a labyrinth of growing hedges to mimic a child-size version of those found in ancient castles. A stream and fountain are incorporated for children interact with the flow of water, whether creating dams or irrigating the gardens. An outdoor amphitheater is used for youth performances and public events. Indoors are a bowling ally and ice-skating rink. The huge Children’s Garden covers an amazing 130,000 square feet and is built on top of Moscone Center.


Children's Garden | Yerba Buena Gardens


Oche Wat Te Ou | Reflections Garden


Oche Wat Te Ou | Reflection GardenThe Oche Wat Te Ou | Reflection Garden is a tribute to the native Ohlone Indians. The memorial is in the form of a semicircular wood wall patterned with Ohlone basket designs, which stand behind a crescent-shaped pool and a circle of moss covered rocks. It is a contemplative environment, set beside a redwood grove with a single live oak tree nearby. Artists Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and James Lunain intended the piece to serve as a performance area for poetry, storytelling, and other events in the oral tradition. At one time this area held an Ohlone Indian burial ground.

Cho-En Butterfly Garden


Cho-En Butterfly Garden | Yerba Buena Gardens
Artist Reiko Goto created a graceful and serene garden whose plantings provide the habitat for a number of species of native San Francisco butterflies. Rest on a bench and look at the butterflies, or learn about them from beautiful painted tiles. The plants in the garden are also native to the Bay Area and encourage growth in all four forms of the butterfly (egg, larva, pupa, adult). Located in the northeastern part of The Esplanade meadow near the front entrance of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Galleries, this garden supports a self-sustaining population of butterflies including the frequently appearing Monarchs.

Upper Terrace Gardens


Upper Terrace Garden | YBGThe Upper Terrace Garden provides dramatic views of the gardens and City. Atop the terrace is a large reflecting pool surrounded by a distinctive granite-paving pattern, designed by artist Lin Utzon. The terrace includes café’s and seating. It is planted with evergreen trees and shrubs that frame the Sister City Garden, presenting plants native to the thirteen sister cities of San Francisco. These plants, combined with a seasonal flowers, flowering trees, and a Wisteria covered loggia, create a colorful year-round display.

Sister City Gardens


Sister City Gardens | YBGThe Sister City Gardens along the entire length of the Upper Terrace is a colorful display of flowering plants from San Francisco’s 13 Sister City relationships around the world. The result is a global quilt of colors, smells, vibrant contrasts, that remind visitors of community connections beyond the Bay Area.YBG’s Sister Cities include:

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sydney | Australia
  • Shanghai | China
  • Thessaloniki | Greece
  • Cork | Ireland
  • Haifa | Israel
  • Assisi | Italy
  • Abidjan | Ivory Coast
  • Osaka | Japan
  • Estele | Nicaragua
  • Manila | Philippines
  • Seoul | South Korea
  • Tapei | Taiwan

East Garden


East Garden | Yerba Buena Gardens
Located directly across from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the East Garden features a a dramatic cascading fountain and a small terrace where visitors sit and feel as if they’re in the water. John Roloff‘s 18-foot-high sculpture “Green Glass Ship—Deep Gradient/Suspect Terrain,” rises above the terrace accompanied by portholes that allow a hint of activity in the Moscone Center, located below the gardens. Roloff said, “At the site, land is an illusion with the gardens above and convention space below—a metaphor for the ocean, a different world, and the surface of the sea.” Flanking the East Garden is the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts performance center which showcases local, artistic theater and dance groups.

Awareness Garden


Awareness Garden | Yerba Buena Gardens
The Awareness Garden is teeming with astonishing colors, scents and textures under its shaded bough to the north of the Children’s Learning Garden.

Sundial Garden


Sundial Garden | Yerba Buena Gardens
The Sundial Garden hosts a large spiral stone sundial sculpture set directly into the ground and the Oracle Wishing Tree. It’s located adjacent to the Play Circle at the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden. The community comes together here to write their wishes on piece of paper and hang them from the tree. In some cultures, the longer the wish hangs from a branch the more likely it is to come true.



The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s 150 free annual events for all ages have been called a “magic carpet ride through the arts.” Visitors and residents alike experience more than 1,300 world-class performing artists of varied cultures, ethnicities, and artistic genres. Set amid the garden’s expansive forested lawn, enjoy classical, world and jazz music, contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children’s and family programs. Learn more about upcoming programs and events at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.


Yerba Buena Gardens Festival


Art and food intermingle in the city’s cultural district. Eat, drink and share a moment with friends and family along Yerba Buena Lane, Yerba Buena Garden’s Upper Terrace and at Metreon. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from fine dining and specialty foods to café’s, pubs and coffee houses.

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Samovar Tea Lounge


Small batch hand-made tea and sumptuous international cuisine. Tea services from around the world: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Russian, English and Moroccan.


Samovar Tea Lounge | YBG

Samovar

720 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-227-9400

Press Club


Wine bar and lounge, offering California’s finest wines and beers in a sophisticated, social atmosphere. Press Club’s menu of seasonal small plates and thoughtful pairings offers the ultimate wine experience in one of San Francisco’s most notable destinations.


Press Club | YBG

Press Club

20 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-744-5000

Skate Bowl Diner


Casual diner cuisine located right in Yerba Buena Gardens above the Bowling Center. Relax and enjoy snacks and beverages before or after your games.


Skate Bowl Diner | YBG

Skate Bowl Diner

772 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-957-3779

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen


Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best Californian ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make their bubbies proud.


Wise Sons Deli | YBG

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.655.7887

B Restaurant | Bar


A contemporary bar and restaurant that sits atop Yerba Buena Gardens and opens its doors to an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens and waterfalls at Yerba Buena with panoramic views of of the San Francisco skyline.


B Resturant & Bar | YBG

B Restaurant | Bar

720 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-495-9800

Beard Papa


Known as the baker of the “World’s Best Cream Puffs,” Beard Papa’s creates unique French choux dough puffs in extraordinary flavors to satisfy garden visitors.


Beard Papa | YBG

Beard Papa

99 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-978-9972

Amber India


Zagat rated Amber has been graced by numerous reviews & awards, notably “Best Indian restaurant in Bay area” by SF Chronicle for 11 straight years.


Amber India | YBG

Amber India

25 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-777-0500

Tropisueño


Taqueria and casual dining featuring authentic, traditional Mexican food, with a well stocked bar and affordable prices.


Tropisueno | YBG

Tropisueño

75 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-243-0299

Ippudo Ramen


Opening Fall 2017
Ippudo introduced the world to authentic Hakata tonkotsu pork soup. From its modest origins on the Japanese Island of Kyushu to the non-stop buzz of their flagship eatery in the East Village, Ippud ramen is adored and beloved by hungry San Franciscan’s and travelers the world-over.


Ippudo Ramen | Yerba Buena Gardens

Ippudo Ramen

757 Market Street
Mid-Market Building
San Francisco, CA 94103

Peet’s Coffee


Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. is the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States. The company was founded in 1966 in Berkeley, Calif. by Alfred Peet. Peet was an early tea authority who later became widely recognized as the grandfather of specialty coffee in the U.S.


Peet’s Coffee | Yerba Buena Gardens

Peet’s Coffee

773 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-530-2559

Metreon Dining


Explore over 18 international food and specialty beverage vendors inside of the Metreon. From spicy Korean Barbecue to French Crepes to specialty deserts, there’s just what you’re craving in the Metreon.


Metreon Dining  | YBG

Metreon Dining

135 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-369-6000

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