South of Market, or 'SoMa', is a popular neighborhood on the northeast side of San Francisco, just south of the Financial District. Many of the major museums and tech companies in San Francisco are located here, as well as a wide variety of warehouses and work spaces. The northern border is defined by Market Street which is a famous thoroughfare containing many of the most popular restaurants and shopping attractions in San Francisco that residents can explore on their days out.
San Francisco is known to have unusual weather, especially for a city in California. The temperature hardly ever exceeds 70 degrees or falls beneath 50 degrees year-round. Because of its location along the San Francisco Bay, the city experiences almost constant wind. If you choose to walk your dog on a particularly cold, windy day, make sure you take the proper precautions to keep both you and your dog warm.
San Francisco is often associated with big hills and steep inclines, but SoMa doesn’t demonstrate this stereotype at all. It is one of the flattest areas in San Francisco and its terrain is much more emblematic of a normal American city with flat, busy streets and densely-packed tall buildings. Unlike some of the trendier, more residential areas, SoMa feels more traditional. The only inclines you may encounter are very gradual, long stretches that slowly ramp upwards.
You are likely to encounter heavy foot and street traffic at almost all times in SoMa because of its large population and its wide selection of attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Major thoroughfares like Market Street, Mission Street, and 4th Street are all fairly congested throughout the day and they become even more so during regular rush hour times. You may want to walk your dog in the more residential sections of the neighborhood during busier times.
The eastern edge of SoMa includes some smaller communities such as Mission Bay and South Beach. These areas have a wide selection of greenways and parks that run right up alongside the edge of San Francisco Bay and make for great places to take your dog for a walk. Mission Creek Park stretches for 10 acres and has an outdoor amphitheater, plenty of open green space, and a small creek that runs through its center and leads into the Bay.
Just north of Mission Creek Park is South Beach Park which is a smaller area. It still has an open field for children and dogs to play in, as well as a large playground to enjoy. It is located right on the waterfront, which makes for great views. There are several smaller parks along the waterfront that you and your dog can also explore within the boundaries of SoMa.