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Address: Jones Street between Union and Green Streets, San Francisco, CA
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Tales of the City

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Thomas V
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
San Francisco, California
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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 of the City" was set on fictitious Barbary lane. The PBS mini series used shots... More 

Thank RonWaer
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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 trip if I wasn't staying nearby, but it was fun to walk through, and it... More 

Thank Jeffkelly31
Southern Nevada
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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, landscaped gardens of this quiet urban neighborhood. This is a respite in the middle of... More 

Thank beetcanner
Belfast, Northern Ireland
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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 Lane to visit the world of Anna Madrigal, Michael Tolliver, Mary Ann Singleton & Brian... More 

Thank MartinSJ
San Francisco, California
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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 walking the Lane from Leavenworth to Jones and think this is what all the fuss... More 

Thank Gordon C
Melbourne, Australia
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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
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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
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

Even if you're not a Tales of the City fan this charming little byway is really beautiful and worth a visit. Pure San Francisco! For Maupin followers it has assumed almost shrine status. But sad to see on our latest visit this week after a few years that the iconic wooden staircase is looking so forlorn.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

So pleased to have found this little gem. Loved the series of books and have read them several times. Pretty little walkway made you feel like you were in the real heart of San Fran. A must see for Tales of the City fans

Thank SallyBMcKeith

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