Depending on who you talk to, this tiny little alley may be called Balloon Alley or Umbrella Alley. I almost missed it walking from Ghirardelli Square to Fishermans Wharf, but it’s there, believe me. The overhead entrance is covered in colorful balloons inviting you to enter. There are several interactive murals on the walls that are so colorful that you can’t help but reach for them and immerse yourself in their artistic side. It’s a nice work in progress.
Some artists involved in creating the murals are Maxfield Bala, Brian Huber, Jeremy Novy, Fnnch, Kate Tova, Yonmeister, Amillionair, GATS and Luinova. But best (in my opinion) is a group effort called California Dreaming by 12 Bay Area muralists. All of these murals are Instagrammable, and you’ll be talking about your city when you get home and post where you’ve been. There’s also the San Francisco, California mural by Maxfield Bala, measuring 13 by 18 feet and featuring the city’s most notable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, City Hall, Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Ferry Building, a Cable Car, the famous Painted Ladies, Lombard Street and the Palace of Fine Arts plus many more.
If you want to do some shopping while you’re there, you can visit the swag shop, where you’ll find t-shirts, hoodies and stickers, all with quirky designs and only available there. It’s a fun place to visit.
Go. You know you want it.