When most people here the word SOMA they think of the government issued happy pill that anesthetize the citizens of Aldous Huxley’s horrifying utopia in "Brave New World."
But to residents of San Francisco SoMa is short for South of Market and refers to the section of town that goes from the Embarcadero to Eleventh Street, between Market and Townsend.
The diverse neighborhood includes everything from warehouses, to cultural spots to trendy restaurants. One could easily spend a day exploring this section of town alone.
There are some great places for brunch including Dottie’s True Blue Café. The café is famous for its unique scrambles and pancakes including such inventions as the Blueberry cornmeal pancake, grilled cornbread with jalapeno jelly, and avocado frittata.
After eating you may want to take in some culture at the San Francisco branch of The Museum of Modern Art or have a look at the Cartoon Art Museum which was funded by Peanut’s creator Charles Schultz.
You can get your exercise in by taking a stroll across the Fourth Street Bridge or Francis "Lefty" O'Doul Bridge which are two working drawbridges.
If you want a unique photo opportunity, you may want to stop by the Gandhi Statue in The Embarcadero. What could make a better souvenir than a picture of you and the Mahatma taken just outside the Ferry building?
After that you can refuel on the waterfront at any one of many different food stands.
At night you may want to try bar hoping along Folsom Street where San Francisco’s famed leather bars are located. The street was once one of the most important gay gathering places in the country.
If it’s swank you crave, you can go over to the trendy Minna 111 which is an art gallery by day and a high end club at night. The website Partyearth describes the crowd there as “Artists and their hangers-on, aesthetes, students, intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals, urban hipsters, business types, dance fiends, clubbers, and confused tourists, 20s to 50s;” in other words it’s San Francisco.