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JACKSON SQUARE: Once known as the Barbary Coast, Jackson Square is San Francisco’s most historic neighborhood.  It was the only commercial district in SF to withstand the 1906 earthquake and fires and thus possesses some of the city’s most striking historical architecture – brick and cast iron buildings from the mid-nineteenth century.  This is the place to see nineteenth century and twentieth century art and antiques.  Though its dealers boast top American and European collections spanning centuries, there is a unique focus among many of them on local California art and antiques.

Jackson Square Map
Jackson Square Map

Great Loop!

Start @ Jackson/ Front, walk along Jackson visiting shops & galleries.  Turn right on Montgomery St. and walk one block up to Pacific. Walk back along Pacific to Battery visiting shops, galleries, and restaurants until you arrive back at Jackson Square (Pacific & Front).


Chappell & McCullar (441 Jackson Street) – Fine English and Continental antique furniture from 17th – Early 19th centuries

Lebreton (412 Jackson Street) – French and Continental furniture and objets from 17th – mid-20th centuries

Daniel Stein Antiques (458 Jackson Street) -18th and 19th Century English and Continental furniture and scientific instruments


Arader Galleries ( 432 – 435 Jackson Street) With galleries in NYC, Philadelphia, Houston, and SF – Arader is a premier dealer of paintings, books, prints, and maps from the 16th-19th centuries and its Jackson Square location specializes in California pieces.

Montgomery Gallery (406 Jackson Street) – 19th and early 20th century American and European paintings with a California focus.

North Point Gallery (407 Jackson Street) – 19th century American and early California paintings.

Le Trianon Gallery (706 Sansome – between Jackson and Pacific): Specializes in 19th century European and American paintings.


Hedge (48 Gold Street – off Jackson near Sansome) – GREAT edited interior design pieces

Sarah Stocking (368 Jackson Street) – Fun antique posters of every genre – worth a look even if it is just for fun/ nostalgia reasons!

Scavullo Design (415 Jackson Street) – Great contemporary design pieces

Carpets of the Inner Circle (444 Jackson Street) – Antique, tribal, and village rugs from Persia and other destinations on the Silk Road.

Urban Hardwoods (553 Pacific Street) – This is a “not to be missed” destination in the land of California Redwoods; furniture made of reclaimed woods – made in Seattle.

JACKSON SQUARE DINING: Reservations needed everywhere but Barrique…

Quince:  (470 Pacific Avenue) ($$$$ Italian)

Cotogna:  (490 Pacific Avenue) ($$$ – Quince’s less formal sibling)

Kokkari Estiatorio:  (200 Jackson Street) (Mediterranean – $$$).

Barrique:  (461 Pacific Avenue) If you are more in the mood for a glass of wine, check out ‘Barrique’ which serves local wines through its proprietary cask delivery system with a focus on education and enjoyment of local varietals.