Ross Alley

Street in North Beach & Chinatown

Colorful murals hint at the colorful characters who once roamed SF’s oldest alleyway, which has been known variously as Mexico, Spanish and Manila St, after the ladies who staffed its notorious back-parlor brothels. More recently Ross Alley has been pimped out as the picturesque backdrop for action movies like The Karate Kid, Part II and Big Trouble in Little China. Stop by the Chinese Culture Center's contemporary-art pop-up at No 41, then find your fortune at Golden Gate Fortune Cookie.