Stylish yet welcoming, fashionable without being trendy, fun without the funk, Fillmore Street in San Francisco has helped define a neighborhood that is often referred to as the silent heart of San Francisco. Rich in its own history, Fillmore was once home to poet Maya Angelo and comedian Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, as well as being a hub for Jazz music in the early 40s, 50s and 60s. The still standing Fillmore Auditorium is a hot spot for big music acts traveling through the area.
Known locally as The Fillmore, The Fill, The Moe, or Fillmoe, a great time can be had here window shopping at some of the unique art galleries and antique shops, and people watching by one of the many sidewalk cafes will make you realize why they often refer to San Francisco as ‘The Most European of American Cities.” Don’t miss the vintage clothing shops and consider taking a show at the Clay Theatre (2261 Fillmore), famous for its indie films and art shows.
Fillmore Street runs from Lower Haight down into the Marina and parallel to Divisadero.
The best time to visit Fillmore Street is mid-morning onward, as many of the shops don’t open until 11:00 a.m. or noonish.