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Macondray Lane

Jones Street between Union and Green Streets, San Francisco, CA
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“wooden steps” (3 reviews)
“city fan” (3 reviews)
“tv series” (2 reviews)
Jones Street between Union and Green Streets, San Francisco, CA
Russian Hill
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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

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

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

2  Thank MartinSJ
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

First, it's clear folks who gave this experience a low rating messed up. I'm a native and it's easy to do The west end of the lane starts at Leavenworth and runs east across Jones and through to Taylor. Many folks make the mistake of...More

5  Thank Gordon C
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Armistead Maupin's: Tales of the city tv series was filmed here which includes the steps to the fictional Barbary Lane. Beautiful gardens!! What a lucky place to live in San Francisco! Great views of the Bay from the steps!...Worth the hike!

1  Thank mikeadey72
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Loved visiting this spot. I met the author a few years ago at a book signing/reading. I'll never forget the characters and locations he came up with. I'd visit this location before the stairs are remodeled or torn down. Lovely view at the top!

Thank James C
Russian Hill
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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