Named in the mid-1800s when it was home to a small cemetery for Russian seamen, Russian Hill is one of San Francisco’s most charming and appealing neighborhoods. Perched above Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, and just down the hill from Nob Hill, it is also adjacent to the Marina District and Cow Hollow. The section of Lombard Street known as “the crookedest street in the world,” and a few blocks of the Hyde Street Cable Car route run right through the neighborhood. With some of its streets being so steep that they are pedestrian-only, Russian Hill enjoys a unique patchwork of small gardens, parks and alleyways. Residents and visitors alike partake of nearby restaurants and cafes, boutiques and antique shops, and even a mini French Quarter.
Russian Hill and other neighborhoods are profiled on the San Francisco Days website, SFGate.com, Wikipedia and. the Russian Hill Neighbors site.