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Chestnut Street/Marina

Pros: Foodie Heaven and an Apple Store to boot
Cons: Navigating the stroller procession
Best For: A slice of neighborhood Heaven

Union Street San FranciscoThe Marina is young, hip, serene, exuding affluence and home to an abundance of outstanding restaurants. Saturday afternoons are quite festive on Chestnut Street. Take a number at Lucca's Italian deli for a meatball sandwich worth every calorie, or a Caprese grilled cheese at Blue Barn Gourmet. Small shops and big shops like Gap co-exist side by side. Nurse a latte at a sidewalk coffee house and watch the parade of cute babies in strollers.

Chow Down on Chestnut Street Between Fillmore and Divisadero:
All Star Donuts, Plant Cafe Organic, Isa, Bistro Aix, Tipsy Pig, Lucca's, The Grove, RistoBar, Mamacita, Blue Barn Gourmet, A16, Chestnut Bakery, Delarosa

Top Shops:
Williams-Sonoma, Smash Shoes, Retail Therapy, Apple Store, Rabat, Two Skirts

Noteworthy: The Marina district, once an extensive ecosystem of marsh and dune, was built upon a foundation of man-made landfill after the 1906 earthquake. This unstable land proved seismically vulnerable during the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and many structures in the Marina sustained significant damage.