In a busy city like San Francisco, it is difficult to find a quiet moment away from the rush to take a lunch break or just observe the city. Thanks to city planners, terrace gardens are popping up all over downtown. These areas are called ‘POPOS,’ or ‘Privately Owned Public Open Spaces,’ and exist due to a 1985 downtown planning code. Here are the best rooftop POPOS.
100 First Street POPOS is one of the largest and most accessible on this list. A staircase on Mission between 1st and 2nd streets leads up to the terrace, which sprawls across the roof of an entire parking structure. Despite the vast size, intimate areas are created by the 45-degree grid layout of planter beds and benches. There are water features with undulating glass panels that resemble waves and numerous planters filled with flowers and grasses, providing a truly naturalistic escape from the bustling city below.
100 First Street, San Francisco, CA, USA +1 415 778 5690