Baghdad by the Bay



Coined late 1940's by columnist and mainstay of San Francisco culture Herb Caen, likely reflecting the multiculturalism and exotic character of the city, while also identifying the city with a great historical cultural and intellectual center, as well as possibly implying a moral association with Babylon.

Alternative formsEdit

  • Baghdad-by-the-Bay

Proper nounEdit

Baghdad by the Bay

  1. Nickname for San Francisco (city in California).


  • San Fran, Frisco, The City (Northern CA only), The City by the Bay, The City That Knows How (dated)

See alsoEdit

  • beatnik (also coined by Herb Caen)