Picturesque storefronts welcome window shoppers inside and colorful Victorians tower over the sidewalks, casting cool shade during the summer and blocking a frigid ocean breeze during the winter. Locally owned dog grooming, training, and walking businesses are all within walking distance or within the borders of Nob Hill.
A number of beloved parks are available, any of which can be visited on foot within 15 minutes or less.
However, you'll find solace on Bush Street, which is a great, mostly flat promenade for you to enjoy the sights and for your pup to enjoy the smells and activity: people watching, gorgeous, historic homes with Bay windows, Asian cuisine restaurants, locally-owned barber shops, and divey cocktail bars. If you're headed east on Bush, take a left onto Jones or Taylor Street and it'll take you directly to Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park, the cherry on top for both you and Fido, where dogs frolic and greet other four-legged friends.
All of Nob Hill has pedestrian walkways and crosswalks, although most crosswalks may not be protected (especially in the more residential parts of the Hill), so use caution and look both ways before crossing the street, just in case a vehicle may not see you.
Woh Hei Yuen is shared between Nob Hill and Chinatown, residing just on each edge. The park is frequented by locals, from young to old. Woh Hei Yuen, or Garden of Peace and Joy, has a playground equipment, well-kept landscaping, and multiple seating options. Shade and concrete keep the park cool and semi-quiet, somehow blocking out the noise of Chinatown, which is the most densely-populated neighborhood of SF. A small raised platform, shielded from the sun by its gazebo-like roof, highlights traditional Buddhist temple architecture, reminding one of an ancient, sacred Pagoda. Dogs are allowed, but you may want to visit after you tire them out, as some use this area for meditation.
Any metropolitan area will do what it can to create and maintain parks, even if there's little space to work with. Large cities like Seattle and Chicago sometimes call these tiny parks, pocket parks, or corner parks. In San Francisco, however, they are more commonly referred to as mini-parks and there are a number of them in the Nob Hill area, including the Broadway Tunnel West & Broadway Tunnel East Mini-Parks.
These mini-parks, on either end of a heavily trafficked four-lane street tunnel, are both relatively small and feature a few benches and trees. Both parks are accessible via this tunnel, but if you can avoid it, you should, especially with a dog. Cars travel fast and the noise of traffic is emphasized by the insane acoustics of the concrete tunnel. What's more, the pedestrian walkways through the tunnel are narrow and the only thing separating you from the busy street is an open-concept metal fence. Even if your pet is trained off-leash, for their safety, you should always have them leashed outside of a park, especially in the Broadway Tunnel.