With a translucent turquoise exterior and an interior spanning 350,000 square feet, the Metreon spins the entertainment center archetype into an architecturally astounding structure. Introduced in 1999 to San Francisco's downtown district, the shopping center stands out among the host of convention centers and hotels in the area. Upon entering, adjust to the dim lighting and catch the aroma of an expansive farmer's market occupied by 50 local vendors. Besides offering natural foods, Island Fresh Farmer's Market hosts wine tastings and sells handcrafted jewelry. Further inside is a ticket booth offering admission to the latest movies, including IMAX and 3D options. The shopping center also houses the Tilt arcade, which features games from the traditional claw to a virtual bowling alley. For lovers of the written word or general creativity, Chronicle Books offers unique works, journals, and gifts focused on topics ranging from design to photography.
Metreon's first owner, Sony, intended the complex to advertise its products as well as grow into a hub of everything a city dweller craves: the latest films, enticing food and drink choices, hip stores, and gaming opportunities. In 2006, the Westfield Group, which owns the neighboring San Francisco Centre, took over Metreon and has renovated the mall to include more variety, especially when it comes to food. The dining selection caters to anyone's lifestyle: organic (the market's Juicey Lucy's smoothies), nighttime fun (Jillian's' cocktails, pool, and karaoke), pastry (Just Desserts' all-natural delicacies), prime meat (Buckhorn Grill's award-winning char-roasted sirloin tri-tip), and much more.
After finishing up a meal or dropping too much money on Dance Dance Revolution, take a moment to run across the indoor glass bridge. One end leads to coin-operated massage chairs, and both take you to escalators to other floors. Enjoy the lack of boundaries in this shopping center, but wear a watch. With four stories before you, it's easy to lose track of time exploring the glory of Metreon.
- Sunday through Thursday: 10:30am to 8:30pm
- Friday and Saturday: 10:30am to 9:30pm
- Sunday: 10:30am to 8:30pm
- Metro Stop:
- Muni trains J, K/T, L, M, N: exit at Powell station
- Muni streetcar F: exit at 4th and Market
- Muni buses 5, 6, 7, 9, 9AX, 9BX, 9X, 21, 30, 31, 45, 66
- BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): exit at Powell station
- Location: 101 4th Street, San Francisco, CA
- Phone: 415-369-6000
- Website: www.westfield.com/metreon