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Maiden Lane

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Address: Between Stockton and Kearny Streets, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
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Lots of interesting history here

We visited this spot as part of a Hitchcock tour (yes, this area was filmed in one of his movies. It was also known as the "red light district" many years ago with more than 1200... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 February 2016
Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

We visited this spot as part of a Hitchcock tour (yes, this area was filmed in one of his movies. It was also known as the "red light district" many years ago with more than 1200 prostitutes walking this tiny area. The only building Frank Lloyd Wright designed in SF is also here (an art gallery now). Worth taking a... More 

1 Thank StanleyandMarie
Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

This short street runs for two blocks from Stockton at Union Square to Grant and from Grant to Kearny. It features cafes and upscale shops, such as Chanel, Hermes and Prada. Maiden Lane closes to vehicular traffic between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and I find it fun to stroll here during those hours in nice weather when the cafes... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Although Maiden Lane has a relatively interesting history (being the red light district once upon time) today this small pedestrian lane is rather dull. Yes there are some designers stores, Marni and Channel etc, but there aren't that many and the street itself is pretty dull and dark.

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San Francisco, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

Very pricey bit of SF, can be snobby, can be welcoming. Shops here are tres tres and not for everyone. On a nice day, a stroll along, poking in where you choose, maybe a bite or something... Enjoy!

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

One of the oldest streets in San Fran with a colorful (red light) history. You will enjoy strolling along Maiden Lane and seeing some of the upscale shops.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

Maiden Lane is one of the oldest streets in San Francisco and originally it used to lead to the original port in San Francisco where the dock workers and prostitutes used to ply their trades! It is only a small street with some interesting shops along the street. The Romper Room is near the corner of Maiden Lane and is... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

Maiden Lane used to be part of the red light district. Now it is a peaceful pedestrian street during the late morning to evening with a handful of upscale stores, art gallery, and cafes. There are some business offices on the street as well. Its key to know that Maiden Lane runs between Geary and Post Streets to see the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

THE HISTORY --- Check out their website (maiden-lane.com) Prior to the 1906 earthquake, the street was called Morton Street and was the center of San Francisco’s red-light district. There was often one murder a week in this area. The earthquake, which leveled much of the city, rendered this two-block stretch rubble. Once rebuilt, it was renamed Maiden Lane by an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

Please go to this little gem of architecture tucked away on a sweet street, Maiden Lane, not far from Union Square.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2013

This street is so close to the Union square and yet being a bit tiny, does not get that much traffic by the tourists. If you did not know that there is an interesting gallery, Xanadu, you would not even venture here, but give it a try. The Gallery did change my point of view of Maiden Lane

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