Macondray Lane
Macondray Lane
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Neighbourhood: 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 homes. Polk Street is the main drag in this neighborhood, where you will find trendy bars, cafes and shops populated with locals, but for one of the most charming rides in the city, grab a cable car heading up and down Hyde Street.

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Liz B
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We loved this lane as it is known as Barbary Lane in Tales of the City, a show we loved. As its title it is a lane and all the homes open directly out onto it. The gardens are beautiful and it is very tranquil and peaceful from the hustle and bustle. You can then continue using the Vallejo steps to North Beach but look out when coming back this way as they are very steep and it feels like a trillion steps, and I will not miss them! Liz and Michael Melbourne, Australia.
Written 24 May 2024
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Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
Los Angeles, CA8,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I was up on Russian Hill on a recent visit, so made my way to this little lane. It's a series that f gardens set right into the hewn rock of the hill. Green, peaceful, interesting. The views are amazing, too. I also saw what looked like early snowdrops.

I'm a fan of Maupin's work, so the trip was doubly fun. It is quite a hike, both down the hill to get there, and then down the back stairs, but if you're up for it, enjoy the excursion.
Written 17 March 2022
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Michael K
San Jose, CA1,103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The narrow lane with nice landscaping along its shady path is nice but it is hard to justify going out of one's way for a visit. On the other hand, near the entrance to the lane on Jones Street, you can get a very good view of Alcatraz Island and Pier 45.
Written 22 July 2021
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94121travel
San Francisco, CA188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
This lane was the basis for Tales of the City by Maupin so it has that going for it if you are a fan. As I am not, I enjoyed it for a peaceful, green area to stroll through while in Russian Hill. Please note, the lane is a residential area and people live there so be respectful!
Written 28 April 2019
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Ron S
Fort Collins, CO135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Navigating to this delicious spot was a tad difficult but well worth it. In complete honesty, the difficulty getting here was mostly my ineptness and not knowing how to navigate San Fransisco like a native. In my opinion, from either entrance these are some of the best views of San Fransisco that you could want. If you read Armistead Maupins books i.e. " Tales of the City" actually being here feels like you have a personal connection with the characters. My favorite place here was the grotto which Maupin wrote about fairly often. Sitting on the edge where the characters had their gut wrenching talks made me feel as if I were there listening in. Oh the stairs at the one entrance, were calling. When Maupin wrote about these I could see them while reading but being there was something else. I loved the stairs. Maupin's description of this place as a unique area is spot on. I loved it and am very glad I went. I still have the rest of his books to read about this place. So if you read the books you know McCondray Lane is actully Barbary Lane in the books. Go. Please.
Written 3 March 2019
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LynneH04
Reading, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
As a big fan of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books, a visit to 'Barbary Lane' was high up on my list of places to visit in San Francisco. It is a quiet oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the wooden steps are just as I imagined. I'm so glad I went, but I don't think it wouldn't be so exciting to visit if you're not familiar with the books.
Written 5 September 2018
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Mathild_So
Paris, France61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
It was like find Maupin’s vibes by just only walk around this tiny street covered by the shadows of the trees, playing a game with the sunshine.
Written 16 August 2018
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lirwin13
Beverly, MA1,145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
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 you're in the area.
Written 10 July 2018
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amy c
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
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".
Written 9 July 2018
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Tom G
Tampa, FL3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
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.
Written 9 April 2018
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