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Reviewed 1 week ago

Macondray Lane is a pleasant escape from the city. I started in the upper section, but the pretty part is the lower section. Walking through the narrow street/alleyway transports you far out of the city with the greenery and quaintness. Definitely worth a look if...More

Thank lirwin13
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a quaint lane/neighborhood that is fun diversion while visiting Russian Hill. If you are familiar with Tales of the City tv series, you'll recognize the stairs upon which they use the reach "Barbary Lane".

Thank amy c
Reviewed 9 April 2018

The lane is shorter than I expected, but the houses and flora were interesting. Also good views of the Bay as I walked up to it.

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Went with my partner who's a huge tales of the city fan , it was a nice lane for me , but for him it was a transportation back in time to the books and the TV, a must see I'd guess for fans

1  Thank michael b
Reviewed 19 May 2017

If you are able to walk up a few steep hills as well as manage wooden steps, you won't want to miss this enchanted area; especially if you've read Tales of the City! It's located on the southeastern side of Russian Hill; between Jones and...More

Thank Sherry F
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Supposedly this was an inspiration for the Tales of the City novels. Now very upscale. Very picturesque with lovely gardens. We were here to visit friends who live on the lane, lucky them!

Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Macondry lane is located on the east slope of San Francisco's Russian hill. It's one of several streets that are actually stairs and walk ways. The locations lend themselves well to the somewhat bohemian life style that San Francisco is known for. The books "Tales...More

1  Thank RonWaer
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

This lane is right up the street from where we are staying, so we decided to check in out on our way to the Cable Car Museum. The lane itself is very short, but quaint and quiet. I don't think I would make a special...More

1  Thank Jeffkelly31
Reviewed 11 September 2016

It's easy to get to on Russian Hill using the Powell-Mason Cable Car line. Just 3 feet wide and obviously closed to vehicular traffic, you'll probably have the place to yourself. The street is maintained by the City of San Francisco. Enjoy the foliage, flowers,...More

Thank beetcanner
Reviewed 31 July 2016

I came late to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City starting to read the first book after we had planned our trip. Having watched the TV series and starting book 5 of the series on arrival I had to go to "Barbary Lane" / Macondray...More

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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
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