This week, we asked Legion San Francisco owner Sydney Pfaff the local hotspots in her neighborhood.
LEGION is a shop and art gallery located in San Francisco. The shop features artful goods for your home and body, from candles to ceramics, art & design goods. Art shows hosted at the shop feature both up-and-coming and established artists.
What do you love most about your area and how long have you been located there?
Legion has been in Lower Nob Hill now for almost a year, prior to which we were in Chinatown for four and a half years. Sutter Street, our current street, is wonderful — lots of great neighboring businesses, particularly art galleries and amazing restaurants. I lived a block away from the space when I first moved here in 2003, so I have a soft spot for the area.
Is your area known for anything in particular?
Our block is probably most notable for Liholiho! It’s one of the best (in my opinion) and most popular restaurants in the city. But we’re also super close to Union Square, so the area is constantly filled with both tourists and residents.
Describe your favorite sights and activities in your area:
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We’re in such a central location, so close to many different neighborhoods, and I’m fortunate enough to get to walk to and from work every day! There are a few galleries nearby that I love: Hashimoto Contemporary, Spoke Art, and Chandran Gallery. Huntington Parkis a great neighborhood park. I bring my two dogs to work every day, so we usually stop through their on our walk home.
What are your favorite places for food/drinks in your area?
Photo from Del Popolo
Del Popolois another one of my favorite restaurants — best pizza — and Royaleis one of my favorite little local bars. Other good spots that I frequent are Gen Gen Room(the downstairs bar at Liholiho), Hogwash, PCH, and Stookey’s Club Moderne.
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