South Park

Escape from the office to this tree-lined oval garden, a welcoming, sunny spot in the heart of SOMA. Cafes and restaurants on the park’s perimeter draw in neighborhood workers, who fill up the picnic tables and benches at lunchtime.

Recent park improvements include native plantings, a hummingbird garden and two fenced play areas, with sand pits and climbing structures to entertain small tots.

Established in 1852, South Park was originally conceived as a London-style city garden, ringed with upscale residences. Much later, this spot became ‘ground zero’ for the 1990s dot-com boom, and is still a much-coveted business address.