Russian Hill

Russian Hill


The discovery of Russian gravestones in the mid-1800’s became the basis for the name of this residential neighborhood, which is bounded by Pacific to Bay and Polk to Mason. Russian Hill is most famous for the crooked section of Lombard Street with its 8 steep turns in one block. The turns were added in the 1920’s to make it easier for cars to maneuver the hill. Flower beds were added in the 1950’s. The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of the hill directly above Lombard, providing a fantastic view of Coit Tower.

High-rise, high-rent apartments dot this area which seems rather like an intimate, bohemian village. The neighborhood has small areas of shopping and restaurants, especially along Hyde Street. The San Francisco Art Institute at Chestnut and Jones is within walking distance. Pete’s Café, on the Institute’s rooftop, open to the public, is a great place for tasty, inexpensive lunch (under $5) and the phenomenal views of Coit Tower, Bay Bridge, Telegraph Hill, Angel Island, and North Beach will make you feel like you’re eating in a five star restaurant. Note: Be sure to visit the Diego Rivera Gallery at the Art Institute to view the stunning Rivera work, “The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City,” (1931) one of four murals done by the renowned Mexican artist in San Francisco.





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