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San Francisco Icons 1906 to 2024

Step back in time and explore San Francisco's enduring culinary and architectural treasures, where history comes alive. From the elegant Tadich Grill, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in California, to the iconic Old Chronicle Building, California's first skyscraper, these establishments have been a part of the city's fabric since the 1800s. Experience the charm of Sam's Grill, one of America's oldest restaurants, and discover the rich stories and timeless appeal that make these landmarks a must-visit for history enthusiasts and modern-day explorers alike.

Lotta's Fountain

Lotta's Fountain is a fountain commissioned by actress Lotta Crabtree in 1875 as a gift to the city of San Francisco. The fountain currently sits at the intersection of Market Street, where Geary and Kearny Streets connect in downtown San Francisco. Every year, at 5:13 AM on April 18th, San Franciscans gather at the intersection of Market, Geary, and Kearny Streets at the historical Lotta’s Fountain in remembrance of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

Mechanics' Institute

Founded in 1854 and sitting in the heart of the Financial District at 57 Post Street, the Mechanics' Institute is one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast of the United States providing a center for intellectual and cultural advancement.

Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences

The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences is located on 690 Market St. It is built on top of the historic Old Chronicle Building, also known as the de Young Building, which was constructed in 1890. This landmark is notable for being California's first skyscraper.

Sam's Grill & Seafood Restaurant

Sam's Grill, a historic San Francisco gem and one of America's oldest restaurants, is known for its fresh locally sourced seafood and classic dishes served in an intimate setting with old-school curtain booths. Sam's Grill, established in 1867 shortly after California's Gold Rush, proves that a classic is always in style. Here, diverse patrons from all walks of life gather, sharing stories in a space that feels like an inclusive club, making every visit uniquely memorable.


Schroeder's, a historic German beer hall established in 1893, is a beloved San Francisco downtown staple. Schroeder's recently celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2023. Known for its bratwurst, boot-glass beers, and lively Oktoberfest parties, Schroeder's has a longstanding history of delivering a friendly and fun atmosphere!

Tadich Grill

Tadich Grill, California's oldest continuously operating restaurant and third oldest in the United States, recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. This legendary establishment serves classic dishes such as filet mignon and seafood cioppino.

Come downtown to experience a taste of San Francisco history by visiting its timeless culinary gems and landmarks. These historic establishments offer more than just a meal or a sight—they provide a journey through time, blending rich stories with unforgettable cultural experiences such as San Francisco's annual 1906 Earthquake and Fire Commemoration ceremony at Lotta's Fountain.

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