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San Francisco's Tiny Yerba Buena Lane Packs a Big Punch

Where to eat, drink, play and get cultured in Yerba Buena Lane

Yerba Buena Lane is a short pedestrain thoroughfare connecting the bustling Union Square and Market Street area with the nearby SoMa neighborhood, home to museums, cultural venues and the peaceful Yerba Buena Gardens. Here are a few of our favorite spots located in or near this small but central strip.

California-based fast-casual restaurant Lemonade
California-based fast-casual restaurant Lemonade (©Marc Patrick)

The Best Restaurants in Yerba Buena Lane

Step into sunshine at Lemonade's comfort-food cafeteria, now serving breakfast burritos, parfait bowls and pretty pastries starting at 8 am. Delarosa keeps it casual at communal tables where Roman-style pizza (thin, crispy crusts) and family-style plates curb Italian cravings. Tasty and especially lively at happy hour, Tropisueño delivers quick Mexican fare and a classic margarita. Japanese noodles hit the spot at Ippudo, where the popular imported chain serves up izakaya-style dishes like its 18-hour tonkotsu pork broth ramen.

Restaurant interior
Inside Bluestem Brasserie (©Ryan Hughes)

Where to Drink

On the upper terrace at Yerba Buena Gardens, Samovar Tea Lounge has a zen vibe and an artisanal tea selection, from whole leaf chai to organic yerba mate. Sip a martini at Bluestem Brasserie's sleek bar, taking it all in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Press Club's beer and wine lounge celebrates viticulture, down to its cellar-like ambiance. Choose from charcuterie platters, cheese plates and a seasonal menu paired with rare wines from California and beyond.

Light installation outside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Light installation outside the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (©Scott Chernis/SF Travel)


The Contemporary Jewish Museum honors the past and present, inside and out. Both architectural marvel and historical art house, rotating exhibits explore people and culture. (And if it's more of a matzo ball soup day, there's a Wise Sons Jewish Deli open for lunch). Yerba Buena Center For The Arts hosts free-thinking exhibits, films and workshops, as well as ice skating and bowling around the corner.

Things to Do

Find a respite from the city's bustle at the lush landscape and fountains in Yerba Buena Gardens. From a butterfly garden to a green glass ship, you'll stumble upon various wonders strolling through the five-acre esplanade that hosts ongoing festivals and free concerts. All ages can enjoy a whimsical ride on the LeRoy King Carousel, originally built in 1906 and since restored, at the Children's Creativity Museum.

The Victorian-era LeRoy King Carousel
The Victorian-era LeRoy King Carousel (Courtesy Children's Creativity Museum)