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[[Image:Lombard street sanfranciscoNob hill view.JPGjpg|print=lead|thumb|300px350px|Looking Cable cars and views; looking down Lombard Powell Street]]
'''Nob Hill-Russian Hill''' is an area in the northeastern part of [[San Francisco]], made up of the two adjoining neighborhoods. Nob Hill is an affluent neighborhood dating back to the gold rush, today renowned for its lavish hotels, charming shops and restaurants, views of the city, and the cable car lines which pass through the neighborhood. Just to the north is Russian Hill, a quieter residential area most well known for its pleasant walks and the crooked section of Lombard Street. The district is bounded roughly by Van Ness Avenue to the west, Bay Street to the north, Sutter Street to the south, and Powell Street and Columbus Avenue to the east.
==Understand==
===Nob Hill===
'''Nob Hill''' is one of the city's most affluent neighborhoods. The advent of the Cable-Car made this hill-top hilltop accessible, and the city's early railroad and Gold Rush millionaires rushed to settle here, far away from the unruliness of the Waterfront and Barbary Coast. In fact the hill derived its name from a slang term used to describe men of wealth and prominence -'Nabobs'. Today, it is most renowned for it's its famous hotels and for city landmarks such as the impressive Grace Cathedral. At its peak is Huntington Park, with the Roman "Fountain of Tortoises" located at its center. The area was almost completely destroyed in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, but ensuring its survival were a host of luxury hotels that were built over their charred ruins. Given its lofty elevation, the hill has great select views over the city and bay.
===Russian Hill===
[[Image:Sanfrancisco nobrussianhill map.PNG|thumb|300px|Nob Hill-Russian Hill map]]'''Russian Hill''' is a hilly residential neighborhood located west of [[San Francisco/Chinatown-North Beach|North Beach]] (and Telegraph Hill) and north of Nob Hill. These three hills have largely given San Francisco its "hilly" charm. The boundaries of Russian Hill are generally considered to be Van Ness Avenue on the west, Pacific Avenue on the south, Columbus Avenue on the east (northeast), and San Francisco Bay Street on the north. In spite of the hilly terrain, the streets of Russian Hill are laid out mainly in a grid pattern, resulting in some of the steepest grades in the city, e.g., Filbert between Jones and Leavenworth. Because of the steepness of the hill, several streets, e.g., portions of Vallejo, Green, Greenwich and Larkin are blocked to motor vehicles and replaced by staircases. There are also beautifully landscaped pedestrian-only lanes such as Macondray Lane and Fallon Place. The most touristy block in Russian Hill is the winding Lombard Street, between Hyde and Leavenworth, with eight switchbacks, beautiful landscaping, and an arresting view of Telegraph Hill, Alcatraz Island and the East Bay. The hill's name goes back to the Gold Rush-era when settlers discovered a small cemetery at the top of the hill which contained Russian colonists who had created a settlement here during the 18th century. The cemetery was removed, but the hill's name remains to this day. There is no significant Russian presence here as the city's Russian community is located primarily in the [[San Francisco/RichmondThe Avenues|Richmond]] District.
==Get in==
[[Image:Sanfrancisco nobrussianhill map.PNG|thumb|300px|Nob Hill-Russian Hill map]]
===By car===
Driving into this district is not recommended due to the steep hills, narrow and dead-end streets, lack of parking, and sometimes confusing traffic diversions. Avoid any street that is also a cable car line (Hyde between Washington and Fisherman's Wharf, Mason between Columbus and Washington, and Jackson/Washington between Powell and Hyde), as the cable cars stop at every intersection, and they usually stop ''in'' the intersection.
===By cable car===
[[Image:Cable Car Power House.jpg|print=inline|thumb|300px|The power house for the cable cars; Cable Car Museum]]All three '''Cable Car''' lines cross at Powell and California. The Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason cable car lines run between [[San Francisco/Union Square-Financial District|Union Square]] and [[San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf|Fisherman's Wharf]]. The Powell-Hyde line runs on Powell Street, Jackson/Washington Streets, and Hyde Street, running up and down Nob and Russian Hills and stopping at the top of the crooked section of Lombard Street. The Powell-Mason line runs on Powell and Mason Streets on the east edge of the district. The California cable car line runs east-west on California Street between Market Street in the [[San Francisco/Union Square-Financial District|Financial District]] and Van Ness Avenue.
===By bus===
'''MUNI''' [http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mhome/home50.htm] bus routes #1-California, #10-Townsend, #12-Folsom/Pacific, #19-Polk, #20-Columbus, #27-Bryant, #30-Stockton, #45-Union/Stockton, #47-Van Ness and #49-Van Ness/Mission pass through the district. The #1, #10, #12 and #45 run east-west through the district, the #19, #47 and #49 runs along the western edge of the district, the #20 and #30 run runs on Columbus through the northeastern corner of the district, while #27 crosses across the southwestern part of the district.
==Get around==
This district is small enough for walking, but being very hilly, it can be somewhat strenuous.
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==See==
[[Image:Gracecathedral Lombard street sanfrancisco.jpgJPG|print=inline|thumb|250px300px|Grace CathedralLooking down winding Lombard Street]]
* <see name="Cable Car Museum" alt="" address="1201 Mason Street" directions="at Washington" phone="+1 415 474-1887" email="" fax="" url="http://www.cablecarmuseum.org" hours="Daily April-September: 10AM-6PM. Daily October-March: 10AM-5PM" price="Admission is free">Here you can see the mechanisms that drive San Francisco's famed cable cars, as well as plenty of cable car memorabilia and information on the history of the cable cars. </see>
* <see name="Lombard Street" alt="" address="between Hyde and Leavenworth" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Do see the "crookedest street in the world", a one-block portion of Lombard Street that contains eight hairpin turns, created to reduce the hill's natural steep slope. The best time to see and photograph the winding street from the bottom (from Leavenworth St) is in the morning because Lombard Street runs east-west and slopes eastward. The best time to see and photograph the view from the top (from Hyde St) is in the afternoon. At night there are great views of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill frequently fly over head in the morning.</see>
* <see name="Famous hotels" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Pretend you are a guest, and not just a visitor , and have a look around the lobbies of some swanky San Francisco hotels. The Fairmont and Mark Hopkins have impressive lobbies that will leave you counting your pennies to see if you can afford a room. See below under the Sleep section for further info.</see>
* <see name="Filbert Street" alt="" address="" directions="between Hyde and Leavenworth" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">At a 31.5% grade, this is one of the very steepest streets in the entire Western Hemisphere. Like many of the steeper streets in the city, it has steps along the sidewalk and its own special set of parking rules, so that people and cars don't all come tumbling down! </see>
*<see name="Francisco Street" alt="" address="Between Hyde and Leavenworth" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This block contains twelve spectacular mansions in a variety of styles. It is very close to the crooked section of Lombard Street and is worth the minor detour on the way.</see>
[[Image:Gracecathedral sanfrancisco.jpg|print=inline|thumb|250px|Grace Cathedral]]* <see name="Grace Cathedral" alt="" address="1100 California Street" directions="between Taylor and Jones" phone="+1 415 749-6300" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gracecathedral.org" hours="M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 7AM-7PM, cathedral holidays 8AM-4PM" price="">The main Episcopalian church of the city, based on the Notre Dame cathedral Cathedral in [[Paris]]. (They request a donation and the tour is an hour long. You learn a lot but at times it is way too detailed).</see>
* <see name="Grand Lodge F&AM of California" alt="" address="1111 California Street" directions="between Taylor and Jones" phone="+1 415 776-7000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.freemason.org" hours="" price="">In addition to the lodge room and corporate offices, this place also has a museum of Freemasonry.</see>
* <buy name="Atelier Des Modistes" alt="" address="1903 Hyde Street" directions="at Green" phone="+1 415 775-0545" email="" fax="" url="http://www.atelierdesmodistes.com" hours="W-Sa 12PM-8PM" price="">Bridal gowns and jewelery.</buy>
* <buy name="Cris" alt="" address="2056 Polk Street" directions="at Broadway" phone="+1 415 474-1191" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F 11AM-6:30PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM" price="">A consignment shop with high-end goods.</buy>
* <buy name="HUF" alt="" address="812 Sutter Street" directions="at Jones" phone="+1 415 674-3744" email="" fax="" url="http://www.hufsf.com" hours="" price="">Get your Vans, your Adidas, and your Nikes on at this sneaker shop named after former pro skater Keith "Huf" Hufnagel. This place offers a highly exclusive selection of skater and sports shoes.</buy>
* <buy name="Kissmet" alt="" address="2354 Polk Street" directions="Between Union and Green" phone="+1 415 931-9979‎" url="" hours="Tu-Su Noon-7PM" price="$10" lat="" long="">A cute Asian importer that has great small gifts for children.</buy>
* <buy name="Lombardi's Sports" alt="" address="1600 Jackson Street" directions="at Polk" phone="+1 415 771-0600" email="" fax="" url="http://www.lombardisports.com" hours="M-W 10AM-7PM, Th-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-6PM" price="">A massive sporting goods store, with two floors of merchandise.</buy>
==Eat==
There are many great options in these two Districts neighborhoods -- lots of smallish, cozy eateries. Frequently the nicer restaurants require reservations.
* <eat name="Big Four Restaurant" alt="" address="1075 California Street" directions="between Cushman and Taylor" phone="+1 415 771-1140" url="http://www.huntingtonhotel.com/big_restaurant/big_restaurant.cfm" hours="Breakfast M-F 7AM-10AM, Sa-Su 7AM-11AM, Dinner daily 5:30PM-10PM" price="$13-$35" lat="" long="">In the Huntington Hotel.</eat>
* <eat name="Front Room Pizza" alt="" address="1550 California Street" directions="between Larkin and Polk" phone="+1 415 771-1591" email="" fax="" url="http://thefrontroomsf.com" hours="Su-W 11AM-11:45PM, Th 11AM-Midnight, F-Sa 11AM-12:45AM" price="">Arguably the best pizza in Nob Hill.</eat>
* <eat name="Harris' Restaurant" alt="" address="2100 Van Ness Avenue" directions="at Pacific" phone="+1 415 673-1888" email="" fax="+1 415 673-8817" url="http://www.harrisrestaurant.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" tags="">Excellent steak house; luxurious dining (plush seats, table cloths, brass chandeliers, etc.).</eat>
* <eat name="Hyde Street Bistro" alt="" address="1521 Hyde Street" directions="at Jackson" phone="+1 415 292-4415" url="http://www.hydestreetbistrosf.com/" hours="W-M 5:30PM-10PM" price="$30" lat="" long="">French bistro.</eat>
* <eat name="Nara Sushi" alt="" address="1515 Polk Street" directions="between California St & Sacramento St" phone="+1 415 567-1515 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.sfnarasushi.com" hours="Su-W 11:30AM-Midnight, Th-Sa 11:30AM-2AM" price="">Popular with locals that rave about the freshness of the sushi here. Solid sushi at good prices, and large quantities too.</eat>
* <eat name="Nob Hill Cafe" alt="" address="1152 Taylor Street" directions="between Clay and Pleasant" phone="+1 415 776-6500" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A north Italian Bistro bistro that serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch.</eat>
* <eat name="Okoze Sushi" alt="" address="1207 Union Street" directions="at Hyde Street" phone="+1 415 567-3397" url="" hours="Su-W 5:30PM-10:30PM, Th-Sa 5:30PM-11PM" price="$25-$40" lat="" long="">A good sushi restaurant very near the cable car lines on Hyde Street. There is typically no need for a reservation.</eat>
* <eat name="Ristorante Milano" alt="" address="1448 Pacific Avenue" directions="at Morrell/McCormick, between Hyde and Larkin" phone="+1 415 673-2961" url="http://www.milanosf.com/" hours="M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-10PM" price="$9-$23" lat="" long="">Pleasant Italian restaurant.</eat>
==Drink==
* <drink name="Bacchus Wine Bar" alt="" address="1954 Hyde Street" directions="between Union St &amp; Warner Pl." phone="+1 415 928-2633" url="" hours="Nightly 5:30PM-2AM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Small intimate twenty-seat bar that is a good place to go to get a nice glass of wine or a sake cocktail.</drink>
 * <drink name="Bigfoot Lodge" alt="" address="1750 Polk Street" directions="between Washington and Clay" phone="+1 415 440-2355" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bigfootlodge.com" hours="Daily 3PM-2AM" price="">Interesting decor (Giant giant Bigfoot statue) and serving basic but decent drinks. Sometimes they light the bar on fire.</drink> * <drink name="Nob Hill TavernHi-Lo Club" alt="" address="1390 California 1423 Polk Street" directions="at Hydebetween Pine and California" phone="+1 415 673-9294" email="" fax="" url="http://hilosf.com/" hours="MMon-F Sat 4PM-2AM, Sa 7PM-2AM, Su 5PM-2AM" price="">About as basic as it getsA new venture by veterans of the Tenderloin bar scene. Best prices Nice, craft cocktails and an impressive beer menu are set in the neighborhooda swanky new/old interior that intentionally has no TV.</drink> 
* <drink name="Red Devil Lounge" alt="" address="1695 Polk Street" directions="at Clay" phone="+1 415 921-1695" email="" fax="" url="http://www.reddevillounge.com" hours="" price="">Good live music venue.</drink>
* <drink name="Tonga Room" alt="" address="950 Mason Street" directions="at California" phone="+1 415 772-5278" email="" fax="" url="http://www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco/GuestServices/Restaurants/TheTongaRoomHurricaneBar.htm" hours="Su, W-Th 6PM-10PM, F-Sa 6PM-11PM" price="">Polynesian themed bar in the Fairmont. Expensive drinks but kind of fun.</drink>* <drink name="Zeki's Bar" alt="" address="1319 California Street" directions="at Helen between Hyde and Leavenworth" phone="+1 415 928-0677" email="" fax="" url="http://www.zekisbar.com" hours="Daily 4PM-2AM" price="">A step up from the Nob Hill Tavern.</drink>
==Sleep==
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name="Best Inn" alt="" address="2850 Van Ness Avenue" directions="between Chestnut and Lombard" phone="+1 415 776-3220" email="[email protected] " fax="+1 415 921-7451" url="http://www.vannessinn.com/" checkin="2PM - $50 deposit and credit card required upon check in" checkout="11AM" price="Average Price $180"> Nothing fancy, but a clean and comfortable hotel, situated a few blocks south of the Wharf.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Cornell Hotel De France" alt="" address="715 Bush Street" directions="at Powell" phone="+1 415 421-3154" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$80-$180" url="http://www.cornellhotel.com/">A small and historic hotel with a French theme.</sleep>* <sleep name="Golden Gate Hotel" alt="" address="775 Bush Street" directions="between Mason and Powell" phone="+1 415 392-3702" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 392-6202" checkin="" checkout="" price="$95-$150" url="http://www.goldengatehotel.com/">Charming A charming budget hotelin an old Victorian.</sleep>* <sleep name="Grosvenor Suites" alt="" address="899 Pine Street" directions="at Mason" phone="+1 415 421-1899" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 982-1946" url="http://www.grosvenorsuites.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A very nice place with suites and furnished apartments.</sleep>* <sleep name="Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel" alt="" address="1500 Van Ness Avenue" directions="at Pine" phone="+1 415 441-4000" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 776-7155" url="http://www.goldengatewayhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A Holiday Inn with more amenities than the typical location and nice views of the city.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Carlton" alt="" address="1075 Sutter Street" directions="at Larkin" phone="+1 415 673-0242" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 673-4904" url="http://www.jdvhotels.com/carlton" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A reasonably-priced boutique hotel with decorations that feature international travel. Non-smoking and pet-friendly hotel, and certified as a green business. Saha Restaurant in the lobby serves Arabic fusion cuisine.</sleep>
===Splurge===
[[Image:Nob Hill Hotels.JPG|print=inline|thumb|300px|Fancy hotels abound in Nob Hill]]
* <sleep name="Fairmont Hotel" alt="" address="950 Mason Street" directions="at California" phone="+1 415 772-5000" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 772-5013" url="http://www.fairmont.com/sanfrancisco" checkin="" checkout="" price="The grandest suite costs $10,000 a night, but you can get a nice room for $300-400">One of the most famous hotels in the city, having been gutted in the 1906 earthquake and fire, and rebuilt. The lobby is fantastic, and many rooms have fantastic views.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Huntington Hotel" alt="" address="1075 California Street" directions="at Taylor" phone="+1 415 474-5400" email="[email protected]" fax="+1 415 474-6227" url="http://www.huntingtonhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A former apartment building-turned-luxury hotel with individually decorated rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Intercontinental Mark Hopkins" alt="" address="1 Nob Hill Place" directions="at California and Mason Streets" phone="+1 415 392-3434" url="http://www.san-francisco.intercontinental.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+1 415 421-3302">Historic hotel atop Nob Hill. Convenient for walking tours of the city.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Petite Auberge" alt="" address="863 Bush Street" directions="between Taylor and Mason" phone="+1 415 928-6000" email="" fax="+1 415 673-7214" url="http://www.jdvhotels.com/petite_auberge" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A French provincial style inn. Cozy parlor with fireplace, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. Many of the 26 guestrooms offer fireplaces. Breakfast buffet each morning.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Renaissance San Francisco Stanford Court Hotel" alt="" address="905 California Street- Nob Hill" directions="at Powell" phone="+1 415 989-3500" email="" fax="+1 415 391-0513" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sfosc-therenaissance-san-francisco-stanford-court-a-renaissance-hotel/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Another 4-star hotel with marble baths and free limousine service.</sleep>
* <sleep name="White Swan Inn" alt="" address="845 Bush Street" directions="between Taylor and Mason" phone="+1 415 775-1755" email="" fax="+1 415 775-5717" url="http://www.jdvhotels.com/white_swan_inn" checkin="" checkout="" price="">A lovely small hotel with a fireplace in all 26 guestrooms. Dark wood paneling, floral carpets, comfy furniture, and English art and collectibles set the tone. Evening turndown service, breakfast buffet, and evening wine and hors d'oeuvres served fireside.</sleep>
* <sleep name="York HotelVertigo" alt="" address="940 Sutter Street" directions="on the corner between Hyde and Leavenworth" phone="+1 415 885-6800" url="http://www.yorkhotelhotelvertigosf.com/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">A hotel with lots of bright colors and relatively few amenities compared to other splurge hotels in the area, but with nice rooms and a friendly staff.</sleep>
==Contact==
* <listing name="Quetzal Internet Cafe" alt="" directions="between Bush and Fern Streets" address="1234 Polk Street" phone="+1 415 673-4181" email="" fax="" url="http://www.quetzal.org/Articles.asp?ID=140" hours="M-F 6:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 7:30AM-10PM" price="">Basic internet cafe. Free wireless, desktop workstations (16 cents/minute), printing available (15 cents/page).</listing>
* <listing name="Cup-A-Joe" alt="" directions="at Leavenworth Street" address="896 Sutter St" phone="+1 415 563-7745" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-F 6AM-9PM, Sa-Su 7AM-8PM" price="">A basic, local coffee shop with a decent tea selection with a good amount of street seating for when the weather is nice. Free wireless plus a few machines to work on.</listing>
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