Russian Hill is one of San Francisco’s most picturesque residential neighborhoods, home to A-list attractions, incredible views, and pockets of restaurants and small businesses that imbue this neighborhood with unique charm.
Lombard Street and its zig-zagging switchback turns tops any list of must-see Russian Hill landmarks, but locals know and love several less-publicized gems. Alice Marble Park sports four tennis courts and expansive vistas featuring historic homes, while tiny Ina Coolbrith Park boasts outsized views of the Bay Bridge and North Beach. The San Francisco Art Institute has been educating new generations of talented artists since the 1920s from its Chestnut Street campus; its Diego Rivera-painted mural has been inspiring students and residents alike since completion in 1931.
Hyde and Polk Streets are Russian Hill’s headquarters for food, drink, and shopping. La Trappe Café and Okoze Sushi are just two delicious spots among plentiful boutiques, patisseries, antique shops, bars, and other businesses that call these leafy streets home.
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Nestled between Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and Fisherman’s Wharf to the north, Nob Hill to the south, North Beach to the east, and Cow Hollow and the Marina to the west, Russian Hill is close to the action. Hyde Street cable cars attract the tourists, but commuters love Russian Hill for its numerous MUNI lines and tech shuttle service from Van Ness Avenue.