Open all times.
High above-crowded streets in San Francisco’s Financial and Soma Districts, secret rooftop and terraced gardens are open to the public. Warm and sunny urban plazas hide behind sweeping staircases and colonnade entrances at street level, all thanks to planning laws that mandate open spaces amongst the concrete and glass in SOMA and the Financial District.
The Sun Terrace on the 11th floor of 343 Sansome Street, behind the Loews Regency Hotel, has spectacular views of downtown San Francisco all the way across Treasure Island to the hills of the East Bay. A photographer’s delight, the terrace blends hardscape urban design perfectly with Mediterranean plantings of olive trees, native ferns, and large-leaved perennials. A warm and sunny spot that’s not well known, it’s often people-free, except for the occasional smoker taking a break. Although quite secret, there’s a Starbucks off the grand Art Deco lobby downstairs where archeological artifacts unearthed locally are displayed.
Open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.