The South of Market District, also referred to as SoMa, is diverse in terms of culture and industry. You will find everything here from warehouses to apartments and high-rise buildings. Many of San Francisco’s museums reside here and you will find many of the upscale restaurants and nightclubs in this large district. All this modern, urban, hip atmosphere does not mean there is not anything for dog lovers and their favorite four-legged friends though. There are plenty of pet stores in and around the neighborhood, including those that reflect the atmosphere with lots of holistic and natural selections. The groomers follow this same trend and you might even find a lounge or hotel nearby dedicated to the trendier canines in the area. Even the weather in San Francisco favors walkers and their beloved pets with temperatures year-round that never get too hot or cold for walking and can be enjoyed by everyone.
With so much of San Francisco being up and down as far as terrain is concerned, you might be surprised to find out that SoMa is mostly flat. While some newbie walkers might find that to be good news, those who are seasoned to the idea of walking their energetic pups through the neighborhood might not be so pleased. Don’t let the lack of hills here deter you as there is plenty to see and do. The amount of time and blocks you put in will more than make up for the lack of elevation. If you really need to feel the burn, remember that with seven official hills in San Francisco, you do not have to go far to find a hill to pump up the heart rate. Expect artificial terrain through most of the SoMa district. If you're looking for grass, you'll want to head to one of the nearby greenways.
As a large district, there are many places in SoMa to momentarily escape city life and give your pup a taste of nature. Rincon Park along the bay offers a bit of green space, some benches, and direct access to the San Francisco Bay Trail. While the trail is still artificial, it does run along the bay and connects with several greenways along the way. The salty air and a chance to roll in the grass will make your dog feel young again!
The Mission Bay Park System includes a number of green spaces and, as a special treat, it offers a dog park on the south side near Mission Creek Park. The park system includes greenways on both sides of the waterway as well if you just want a quick walk. At the south end of the SoMa District is Mission Bay Commons Park and Bay Front Park. Both are larger parks with plenty of space to run.