George Sterling Park
'Homeward into the sunset/Still unwearied we go/Till the northern hills are misty/With the amber of afterglow.' Poet George Sterling's...
Diego Rivera Gallery
Diego Rivera's 1931 The Making of a Fresco Showing a Building of a City is a trompe l'oeil fresco within a fresco, showing the artist...
The scenic route down from Ina Coolbrith Park – via steep stairs, past gravity-defying wooden cottages – is so charming, it looks like...
Bimbo's 365 Club
This vintage-1931 speakeasy plays fast and loose with strong drink, a polished parquet dance floor where Rita Hayworth once high-kicked...
Smack on the Powell-Hyde cable, Zarzuela is the long-shining star among several fine restaurants along Hyde St, on Russian Hill proper....
900 block of Lombard St · interesting places nearby
Lombard Street information
You’ve seen its eight switchbacks in a thousand photographs. The tourist board has dubbed this ‘the world’s crookedest street, ’ which is factually incorrect. Vermont St in Potrero Hill deserves that award, but Lombard is much more scenic, with its red-brick pavement and lovingly tended flowerbeds. It wasn’t always so bent; before the arrival of the automobile it lunged straight down the hill.
Don’t try anything funny here. The recent clampdown on renegade skaters means that the Lombard St thrills featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game will remain strictly virtual, at least until the cops get slack. Until 2008, every Easter Sunday for seven years adults had arrived at the crest of Lombard St toting plastic toy tricycles for the annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel Race. But after vehement complaints from kill-joy residents, the art-prankster organizers moved their toy-joyride to – where else? – Vermont St. Now it's moved again. Check http://bringyourownbigwheel.com for the latest.