Highly coveted Russian Hill is known for beautiful historic homes and condo buildings, exquisite restaurants and boutiques, and breathtaking views. Criss-crossed by the iconic Hyde-Powell cable cars and home to Lombard Street’s crookedest section, Russian Hill is a favorite with tourists.
ART & CULTURE
Attractions new and old are scattered around the hill, including a top art school, a world-famous comedy club, and the verdant Macondray Lane, wooded enclave, recast by Armistead Maupin as Barbary Lane for his Tales of the City. The San Francisco Art Institute provides community education courses, along with fabulous vistas. Residents desiring outdoor exercise can simply head downhill to walk, run or bicycle along Fort Mason and Marina Green.
FOOD & NIGHTLIFE
From sleepy neighborhood cafes, to fine dining, to thriving nightlife further east, Russian Hill offers something for everyone. Both Polk Street, on the west side of Russian Hill, and North Beach, to the east, are brimming with side-by-side eateries, bars, coffeehouses and dessert spots. Choices range from Italian to Asian, spilling over from Chinatown.