Nestled in the heart of the Union Square district, the city’s lively surrounding neighborhoods are never more than a stone’s throw away. This public plaza is an integral component of the thriving Union Square neighborhood. Mint Plaza has transformed the existing Jessie Street right-of-way adjacent to the Old U.S. Mint building into a vibrant pedestrian-only green plaza. (The Old U.S. Mint is slated for redevelopment into a city museum and visitors center).
Mint Plaza serves as a community gathering spot bustling with regular art exhibitions and cultural programs, including outdoor music festivals, cinema alfresco, farmers markets, and public art installations. The plaza features new restaurants and cafés offering both indoor and outdoor dining. Here, food lovers can bask in the afternoon sun over lunch or enjoy an evening under the stars. And when you are ready to be entertained, Mezzanine has it all. As San Francisco’s premiere entertainment and lifestyle venue, Mezzanine showcases live and electronic music from all genres – rock, dance, hip hop, soul, jazz, salsa, world — as well as multimedia art events, fashion shows and video and film installations.
Mint Plaza’s design is simple and adaptable to encourage a variety of uses. Highlights include a green arbor lined with specialized storefronts and a “best practices” storm water management system that captures runoff from the plaza to feed two rain gardens and an underground infiltration system. By retaining water on-site, the plaza’s design reduces stress on the city’s sewer system during storms, helping to prevent overflow of untreated sewage into the Bay.
As one of San Francisco’s cultural destinations, Mint Plaza provides a peaceful place to live, work, dine, enjoy arts and entertainment, and celebrate a sense of community.
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