The area is dotted with upscale dining options and high-energy nightclubs.

Welcome to SoMa

SoMa, or South of Market, is a vast, warehouse-filled district. It encompasses Mission Bay and South Beach, where the Giants play baseball at waterfront Oracle Park. Surrounding Yerba Buena Gardens is an arts center, the sleek convention complex Moscone Center, and several museums, including the acclaimed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The area is dotted with upscale dining options and high-energy nightclubs.
The South of Market area was once a place of warehouses and tumbleweeds, not necessarily in that order. Completely destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, SOMA became a center of industry, with the construction of the Bay Bridge and Interstate 101 subsequently taking out large areas of the district.
It was the development of The Embarcadero in the 1950s that brought a new era to SOMA, which grew to become a center for the gay population. Then decades later, the concentration of bars and nightclubs in the area gave it a new lease on life – nightlife, that is.
Transformation of the area continued during the 2000s, with the Transbay Terminal Replacement Project plus many new high-rise residential apartment buildings such as One Rincon Hill, 300 Spear Street, and Millennium Tower taking shape. Interested in any of these? I’m the person you want to contact. I’m the local SOMA expert and can help you get into any one of these communities.

Best SOMA Apartments

In addition to One Rincon, 300 Spear, and the Millennium Tower mentioned above, there are a slew of other excellent apartment options in SOMA. These include The Paramount Luxury Apartments, Edgewater, NEMA San Francisco, 923 Folsom Street, and Solaire. Amenities are many and typically include high-speed internet, private patios or balconies, higher-than-average ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows (to take in the view!), stainless steel appliances, and other high-end finishes. Again, if you’re interested in any of these, or in SOMA in general, I’m more than happy to help – give me a call!

SOMA Neighborhood Guide

It’s hard to find a neighborhood that’s better connected to transit than SOMA. Whether you’re looking to hop on the freeway, catch a BART train, or get a bus, you’re in the right place. There are several BART stations within walking distance – Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, and Civic Center –and the new Transbay Terminal is nearing completion on Fremont Street.
A few of some of the hottest local restaurants include:
  • Bar Agricole
  • Benu
  • Cockscomb
  • Deli Board
  • In Situ
  • Louie’s Bar
  • Mourad
  • New Ming’s Restaurant
  • Saison
  • Sammy’s on 2nd
  • SO
  • Sushirrito
  • The Bird
  • TrouNormad
Also a shout out to HRD Restaurant – the only place I’ve ever encountered an oyster burrito. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, I encourage you to run, not walk to this small joint. The lines are long, but they move quickly.
Nightlife is of course a thing in the South of Market. Here is an extremely incomplete list of some of the most well-loved clubs in the area:
  • Mezzanine
  • Monarch
  • OMG
  • Temple Nightclub
  • Mr. Smith’s
  • AsiaSF – also great for dinner and a show
  • Butter
  • Cat Club
  • The EndUp
  • Oasis
  • Leisure
  • Hue Nightclub and Lounge
Of course, this being San Francisco, coffee is always a thing. A few SOMA standouts:
  • Wicked Grounds
  • Epicenter Café
  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Sextant Coffee Roasters
  • Saint Frank Coffee
  • Equator Coffees and Teas
  • Philz – is always a local favorite!
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Overview for SoMa, CA

29,772 people live in SoMa, where the median age is 36.2 and the average individual income is $76,758.21. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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36.2 years

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Around SoMa, CA

There's plenty to do around SoMa, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Undercover Cookies, FreshCatch Seafood Market, and Jarred Garza, Fashion Designer and Instructor.

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Dining 0.73 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 2.13 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.37 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.33 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.97 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.39 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for SoMa, CA

SoMa has 14,851 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in SoMa do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 29,772 people call SoMa home. The population density is 19,243.66 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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58.45 / 41.55%

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Schools in SoMa, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby SoMa. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Presidio Knolls School
PreK - 5th
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K - 8th
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Five Keys Adult School (SF Sheriff's)
9th - 12th
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Carmichael (Bessie)/FEC
K - 8th
Five Keys Independence High School (SF Sheriff's)
9th - 12th

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