Downtown San Francisco, including its impressive Financial District is a bastion of business and a playground for adults, with its discriminating shopping, fine dining, luxurious hotels, galleries, cornucopia of architectural styles and luxury residences such as the condominiums at the Ritz Carlton Club. Birthplace of Bank of America, Wells Fargo and thousands of other businesses, large and small, the city’s downtown is one of the most lively, dynamic and recognizable metropolitan centers in the world. Its Financial District is home to headquarters of seven Fortune 500 companies, dozens of other major corporations, banks and the tallest buildings in San Francisco, including the famous Transamerica Pyramid. Downtown San Francisco’s very existence is proof of the spirit, enterprise, creativity and can-do attitude of the community and its citizens considering that this business core was nearly completely destroyed by the disastrous 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, yet was rebuilt and prospering within the following decade The downtown-based economy also withstood the stock market crash of 1929 without a single one of its many banks failing.
A good portion of downtown San Francisco’s business is tied to fun, pleasure of restaurants and cafés, and attractions such as the city’s world-renown cable cars and Chinatown – all centered in or surrounding famous Union Square.