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.
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.
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.