Dazzling views, the hairpin turns down brick-paved Lombard Street, and the Hyde-Powell cable cars make iconic Russian Hill a favorite with tourists. Locals savor the steep garden walks, the tiny pocket parks, and Swensen's Ice Cream on the corner of Union and Hyde streets. Despite the steep streets, Russian Hill is a highly walkable urban enclave, with many residents able to commute to work on foot.
Restaurants and boutiques along the tree-lined Hyde Street between Jackson and Union streets exude European charm. Polk and Green streets boast international cuisine — from the German- and Austrian-inspired cooking at Leopold’s to the French La Boulangerie de Polk and the Italian specialty wine store Biondivino.
Housing ranges from charming, century-old backyard cottages to multimillion-dollar mansions, luxury hilltop townhomes, and condos with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. Homes in the neighborhood are built in Italianate, Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival, Neo-Georgian influences, and Arts and Crafts architectural styles.