Ah, South San Francisco – often called “South City” by locals, and not to be confused with its famous neighbor to the north. This vibrant city offers its unique charm nestled on the San Francisco Peninsula.
A Brief History
While it’s commonly associated with its northern namesake, South San Francisco has a rich history. Initially inhabited by the Ramaytush Ohlone people, the area later transformed into an industrial and manufacturing hub in the early 20th century.
Today, South San Francisco is renowned for its concentration of biotechnology companies. Genentech, one of the pioneering companies in biotechnology, has its headquarters here. The presence of such industry giants has rightfully earned the city the title of “The Birthplace of Biotechnology.”
Sign Hill: A trip to South San Francisco is incomplete without seeing the iconic Sign Hill, which proudly displays “SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY” in giant white letters. The park around the sign offers picturesque views of the Bay Area.
Oyster Point Marina: This marina is perfect for a relaxing stroll, a day of fishing, or even setting sail on the San Francisco Bay.
Grand Avenue: The main commercial corridor, Grand Avenue, is lined with various eateries, boutiques, and mom-and-pop shops. It’s the perfect place to get a taste of the local flavor.
South San Francisco boasts a diverse array of culinary treats. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Filipino cuisine at Little Manila or a classic American burger at Local Burger Joint, there’s something to tantalize every palate.
South San Francisco is more than just a shadow of its northern counterpart. It’s a thriving city with a character all its own, rooted in rich history and a bright future in biotechnology. The next time you’re in the Bay Area, take advantage of a chance to explore this gem.
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