Russian Hill
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Visitor-friendly neighborhood which got its name when prospectors found 7 Cyrillic-inscribed gravestones at the top of the hill.
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Russian Hill has evolved into a chic residential neighborhood with outstanding views from every corner. Combined with several great cafes, restaurants, antique shops and boutiques, it’s easy to see why any visitor would gladly leave their heart in San Francisco. Cars line up day after day to drive down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, and make the slow creep downhill past charming period homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.

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Brad
Albuquerque, NM383 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Cool little neighborhood with cafes and bookstore. Nice views of the bay. Not worth going out of your way but a cool stop if you’re there.
Written September 11, 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely area in San Francisco, which provides some stunning views of the city.
Walking through this neighborhood isn't for the faint of heart, though, as the streets are extremely steep.
Written June 1, 2023
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Henry’s Take
San Diego, CA123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Find yourself on a short visit to San Francisco with a limited budget while trying to squeeze in as many iconic pictures as possible? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

The approximately 1/2 square mile of the “Russian Hill” neighborhood is gonna be where it’s at for you. From this one location you can capture great pics of ALL of the following “City by the Bay” treasures: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Cable Cars, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and the stunning neighborhood that features great views of all of these destinations.

Although traversing some steep hills is necessary, I’d recommend making this a walking journey (if possible) with a great launch point being the entrance to George Sterling Park at the corner of Lombard and Larkin.

If you’ve invested in the expense of a telescopic camera lens now is exactly the time to attempt to justify that purchase to your family.

No matter how you choose to travel through this picturesque neighborhood, be sure to keep your camera handy because you’ll be using it often.

And that’s…Henry’s Take.

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Written May 23, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,561 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Neighborhood that features nice architecture, steep hills and great views of the city and bay. This is the location of Lombard Street and can be easily accessed by cable car traveling along the Powell-Hyde line.
Written May 10, 2023
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Compatible
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
The view was perfect, we could see the entire city of San Francisco! The only bad thing was that downloading the Cable Car app was a little complicated.
Written February 2, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,020 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It's a little hard to walk around this neighborhood as the hills are formidable. But it's worth the effort because the views and the architecture are so lovely. And you can take a cable car to get up on top. The Crookedest Street is here.
Written July 21, 2022
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Stephanie C
Mundelein, IL1,503 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This is a great area! We rode the Hyde cable car up to Russian Hill and Lombard Street. The hills were overwhelming but the cable car drivers were outstanding and knowledgeable!
Written June 10, 2022
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I wandered through this neighborhood on a breezy early spring afternoon. Although I'd lived in SF during grad school, I'd never really ventured up here before. It's actually accessible by the excellent public transportation SF is known for.

It was an architectural geek's delight (I'm one of those). The area is also home to the city's other functional octagonal home, which is privately owned but still visible. From the small pocket park, you can see clear across to the UC Berkeley clock tower, as well as view the mysterious Pasquale's Tower down in North Beach.

It's a bit of a walk, but if you're up for an adventure, highly recommended.
Written March 17, 2022
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AJ S
Ann Arbor, MI390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
One of many San Francisco places that offers nice views. Worth taking 15- 30 minutes on your way to somewhere else.
Written May 28, 2020
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23dj
Albuquerque, NM12,116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Right after Nob Hill. Russian Hill has steep incline but a great view of the city awaits for you at the top
Written February 14, 2020
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