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About Landing at Leidesdorff

Landing at Leidesdorff is a reimagined downtown experience for San Franciscans - activated with pop-up vendors, cultural programming, varying food and beverage options and local art installations - across historic alleyways and underutilized public spaces in the city’s traditional commercial corridor.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shift in work patterns, the Downtown SF Partnership and Bay Area based urban design firm, SITELAB urban studio, released a comprehensive Public Realm Action Plan in July of 2022. A first of its kind visioning framework, the PRAP outlines six replicate public realm concepts and pilot programs - like utilizing privately-owned public open spaces, creating more access to nature, investing in public art, increasing accessibility and walkability - and leans on urban design as a means of economic recovery to reimagine Downtown San Francisco as a pedestrian-centric, more vibrant and culturally rich area.

The Downtown SF Partnership received a downtown recovery grant from the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development for the Landing at Leidesdorff Project. The site has been named as a strategy in Mayor London Breed’s Roadmap to San Francisco’s Future.

The wall mural honoring Captain Leidesdorff by Twin Walls Mural Company was privately funded by the following community supporters: Pacific Gas & Electric, 836M, Downtown SF Partnership, SKS Partners, Advance SF, BOMA SF, Randi and Bob Fisher, Shorenstein, SHVO, Tamar Draper Mahru, TMG Partners, and Wells Fargo.

The destination features a number of physical enhancements and program activations including:

Weekly programs that invite office tenants, locals, and visitors to experience a more vibrant, 24/7 downtown

Expanded outdoor dining seating for participating restaurants such as Heartwood and Wayfare Tavern to utilize with the new street closure at the intersection

A new ground mural, designed by SITELAB urban studio, tells the story of downtown San Francisco’s history and connection to the Long Wharf 

A new wall mural, created by Twin Walls Mural Company in collaboration with ACED, celebrates Captain Leidesdorff's life and legacy that helped create San Francisco and the Bay

Art and cultural events

Newly installed string lighting, tables and chairs, lounge chairs and plantings

Live music in public spaces




Offering the historic tranquility of Jackson Square and the big city vibes of the SF’s Financial District, Landing at Leidesdorff offers a quaint space with something for everyone.

Nestled on Commercial Street between Sansome and Montgomery Streets, Landing at Leidesdorff is a quick walk or ride from the Financial District, Chinatown, Jackson Square, and the Embarcadero.


Where is Landing at Leidesdorff?

Landing at Leidesdorff is located at the intersection of Commercial and Leidesdorff in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This centrally located jem offers views of the towering Transamerica Pyramid one block to the North, Chinatown to the west, the Financial District to the south, and the Ferry building to the east.

How did Landing at Leidesdorff get its name?

Landing at Leidesdorff is named after William Alexander Leidesdorff, one of San Francisco’s founding fathers. This pioneering West-Indian immigrant was the first to bring steamboats to San Francisco Bay, built San Francisco’s first hotel, and the city’s first shipping warehouse. Learn more about Leidesdorff’s outstanding contributions to San Francisco.

Who manages Landing at Leidesdorff?

Landing at Leidesdorff is managed by the Downtown SF Partnership, a nonprofit community benefit district working to enhance the downtown core, the traditional Financial District and historic Jackson Square through public/private partnerships, placemaking, activating the public realm, clean and safe operations, marketing support and more.

How can I get involved with Landing at Leidesdorf?

Whether you’re a vendor that is interested in being featured on Landing at Leidesdorff or simply want to learn more about the space, feel free to email