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Tucked away in hectic Chinatown, this small park is almost hidden by the front gate, but rest assured it is open to the public! Clean and tranquil, the lattice-lined park has benches, tables and chairs making it a great spot for people to enjoy an al fresco lunch or just a nice break from the city.
This rooftop garden and terrace is one of the Financial District's best kept secrets, as it is located on the 15th floor of an office building, but rest assured it is actually open to the public. Incredibly popular with the lunchtime crowd, the terrace is covered in plentiful seating, colorful flowers, trees, plants and even an obelisk! The perfect place to literally rise above the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by nature and splendid views.
Hidden from the street, if you follow the pedestrian walkway cutting between Fremont Street and 1st Street, you will find this pretty urban plaza. This favorite lunch and escape spot is full of lush plants and trees and plenty of places to sit to take a little breather from fast-paced city life for a bit.
Hidden away at the base of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid, this tranquil space brings an oasis from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the heart of San Francisco's Financial District. When the pyramid was constructed in 1972, architect William Pereira allocated a half-acre at the base for a public park. The park was designed by Tom Galli with mature Redwood trees and it is beautifully manicured with concrete pathways meticulously intertwined with ferns, flowering plants and other shrubs native to Northern California. Only open Monday through Friday, the park is a hidden gem in the bustling metropolis and a favorite spot of local office workers on their lunch break.
This garden terrace is one of San Francisco's "secret" POPO's, or privately owned public outdoor spaces. Upon entering the building to access the terrace the guard will ask your business, but will quickly let you through if you tell him you are going to the terrace. Tables, chairs and lots of flowers and plants cover the terrace, making it a very pleasant place to take a break from the city or enjoy your lunch.