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Cathedral Hill isn't grand in size like some of the cathedrals that call the region home. Small, square, and full of high-rise condominiums and apartment units (making more than half of its residents' renters), Cathedral Hill isn't necessarily sought out by tourists or locals. Other than apartment towers and religious meccas, this area has a number of locally-owned and chain restaurants. Most are located on Van Ness Avenue, which acts as a border to Cathedral Hill, and is a route for the California St. Cable Car line. 

Minimal attractions mean that this neighborhood has more to offer if you're open to venturing outside of its borders. Nearby, Japantown sits, historic and unique, offering authentic cuisine and an annual Cherry Blossom Festival. You can also check out parks, squares, and plazas that offer great people-watching and benches if you need a rest from exploring. A movie theater, nightclubs, hotels, cocktails bars and restaurants specializing in all kinds of cuisines - from locally-sourced seafood to soul food to tiki drinks to upscale steak dinners - are all just minutes walking distance from Cathedral Hill's center. 

Cathedral Hill is just blocks away from O'Farrel Street, The Tenderloin, and City Hall - all places known to be high in crime, especially after dark - so use caution if your pup requests a potty break late at night. 

Terrain in Cathedral Hill
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Mostly Natural
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Flat
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Cathedral Hill doesn't just get its name from the concentration of churches and sanctuaries in the area, in the center of the neighborhood, a hill gracing its name comes to a point. If you're headed west, east, or north toward Cathedral Hill, be prepared for some uphill "battles", perhaps a workout your legs and dog will thank you for later. Streets like Gough, which runs north-south, and Ellis, east-west, can be pretty steep, and most of its footage is without concrete stairs, which some of the hills in SF are accessorized with. 

San Francisco is home to many environmentally-aware citizens and as a result, many walk, utilize public transport, or bike as their main means of transportation. This is great news for Earth, but also for you and your furry walking-companion because there are miles and miles of sidewalks and pedestrian-protected crosswalks throughout the city. Cathedral Hill is no exception, especially with the churches and apartment buildings in the area. You'll find many church-goers walking to service on Sunday mornings or for Wednesday night mass. 

Greenways in Cathedral Hill
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Neighborhoods in San Francisco have an average of:
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Mary Ellen Pleasant Memorial Park is worth a visit with or without a dog in tow, especially if you enjoy kitsch - this is the smallest public park within city limits - and history - this petite park is named in honor of a former slave who became an integral part of the Underground Railroad in the SF area. There's not much space to walk, but there are a few sights to see. Ancient Eucalyptus trees line the footpath, and a plaque honoring the park's namesake are all beautiful in their own right.  

Originally the site of a safe camp for residents in the aftermath of the historically catastrophic 1906 earthquake, Jefferson Square Park is now a haven of relaxation and fun for dogs and their owners. This grassy, relatively flat span of land is a designated off-leash area with plenty of space - 5.6 acres, to be exact - for Fido to run while you watch in your choice of sunshine or from under one of the many old, shady trees. 

Before visiting off-leash, ensure your dog is well-trained as Jefferson Square Park is bordered by some busy streets and the park is not fenced. (You may also see people refer to this dog-friendly area as Turk Street Park). Just across Turk St. is the Margaret S. Hayward Playground, which your pet is allowed to visit, but there certainly isn't much for dogs to enjoy as it's simply a jungle gym and series of sports courts and fields. 

After your pup is tuckered out from enjoying the open space of Jefferson Square, walk less than ten minutes and visit Buchanan Street Mall, a concrete-paved walkway that offers its visitors a traffic-less promenade through the Fillmore District. 

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