This year Universe is taking place at the Palace of Fine Arts—the historic site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition and one of the most photographed buildings in the city. After World War II it was also a military storage depot, a warehouse for the Parks Department, and even a telephone book distribution center.
Palace of Fine Arts3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123 View map
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We recommend that you use ride-sharing services, or bikes to arrive at The Palace of Fine Arts. There is no parking available at the venue, and the surrounding neighborhood has limited parking for its residents and local businesses.
If you’re getting to Universe by Lyft or Uber, the address for The Palace of Fine Arts is 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. There will be signs at the venue to help the driver drop you off in the right spot.
Free valet bike parking is available at The Palace of Fine Arts.
There’s plenty to do in San Francisco. If you’re traveling from out of town, we recommend staying a few extra days to explore Northern California.
Where to stay
Most of San Francisco’s hotels are in the Union Square and SoMa neighborhoods. These areas have easy access to public transportation and plenty to do when you aren’t at Universe. Unfortunately, hotel prices can be high, and we recommend Airbnb as an alternative.
If you plan to stay at a hotel, we request that you stay at a socially responsible hotel endorsed by fairhotel.org such as:
Where to eat and drink
San Francisco has some of the best bars and restaurants in the world. No trip to the city would be complete without visiting a few of our favorites.
- Tacolicious, 2250 Chestnut St
- Belga, 2000 Union St
- Marengo on Union, 1980 Union St
- Flores, 2030 Union St
- Blackwood, 2150 Chestnut St
- A16, 2355 Chestnut St
- The Tipsy Pig, 2231 Chestnut St
- Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, 2271 Union St
- Chestnut Street Coffee Roastery, 2331 Chestnut St
- Peet’s Coffee, 2080 Chestnut St
- Illy Cafe, 2055-B Union St
- Reed and Greenough, 3251 Scott St
- The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St