Neighborhood Spotlight: Russian Hill

Ina Coolbirth Park

Ina Coolbirth Park

Russian Hill is one of my favorite neighborhoods, with exquisite homes, great restaurants, unique local shops, and did I mention the views? We love Ina Coolbirth Park at Vallejo and Taylor for a panoramic view overlooking downtown and the Bay Bridge. Russian Hill is also home to the famous Lombard street, which is always fun to drive down with out of town guests. Here are some of our favs in this iconic neighborhood. 

Za Pizza1919 Hyde St.

We don't have a lot of good pizza on the north side of town -  especially for delivery, so we've got Za on speed dial. It's also great to dine in as it's super kid friendly.

Soapbox Cafe, 1800 Hyde St.

Banh Mi, Spring Rolls, and sweet and strong Vietnamese coffee. This spot is also kid friendly with boxes of toys and games accessible for little ones. I love to grab a roasted pork banh mi while out strolling with my son. 

Union Larder1945 Hyde St.

From the team of Little Vine in North Beach, this is a new spot for us, and a must for happy hour, light bites, and gourmet provisions. 

Saint Frank, 2340 Polk St.

Hands down the best cappuccino in the city. I love how up close and personal you are to the baristas so you can see the care they take in each perfectly poured coffee. Sleek, uber modern, with no coffee snobbery. Make sure to go early, the line can wrap around the block. 

Saint Frank's coffee bar

Saint Frank's coffee bar

Loving Cup2356 Polk St.

When I was pregnant I practically lived here. They are famous for their rice pudding made with aborio rice (like risotto). It's so rich and creamy - and the lemon is super refreshing for those rare hot SF days.  

Russian Hill Bookstore2234 Polk St.

A little bit of everything, I especially love their kid's section. They also have great note cards, small gifts, and a stellar SF section.   

Cris Consignment2056 Polk St.

Technically on the edge of Russian Hill, this is my go to spot for gently loved luxury items. The left side of the store is reserved for higher-end items like Chanel and Dior, while the right is home to brands including Vince and Kate Spade. They have a great selection of cashmere (a must for SF), handbags, scarves and jewelry.