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Walking tours of Petrero Hill.

Walking tours of Potrero Hill

The stunning southern view of downtown San Francisco is only one reason to plan a visit to Potrero Hill, a quiet neighborhood nestled between Bay shipyards and the Mission District, U.S. 101 and I-280.

A new map available free from the Potrero branch library guides you on a walking tour: you'll climb to the hill's summit for the view and along the way see several styles of Victorian houses, a Russian church, and an earthquake-era cottage. You can stop for Greek, Italian, Thai, or Caribbean food.

Scottish and Irish shipbuilders settled here in the 1860s and '70s; Russian and Slavic immigrants came in the 1900s. The latest are artists and young professionals.

The walk: from art show to hilltop

The Potrero Branch of the San Francisco Library, at 1616 20th Street (near Connecticut), has copies of the walking tour map and a mural depicting Potrero Hill history, both created by area resident Margo Bors. The library is open 10 to noon and 1 to 6 Tuesdays, 1 to 9 Wednesdays, and 1 to 6 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Before you set out on your tour, have a look around the library: the month-long, 31st Annual Potrero Hill Artists Show opens there on April 26, with the latest work by local artists.

Restaurants: Greek to Caribbean

Hungry strollers will find, west to east along 18th between Connecticut and Texas streets, S. Asimakopoulos Cafe (Greek; breakfast, lunch, dinner) at 288 Connecticut; Goat Hill (Italian; lunch, dinner) at 300 Connecticut; Just For You Bakery & Cafe (breakfast, lunch) at 1453 18th; City Salad (soups, salads; lunch weekdays) at 1434 18th; The Welcome Mat (Caribbean; dinner) at 1341 18th; and San Francisco Bar-B-Q (Thai; lunch, dinner) at 1328 18th.

Photo: Roller-coaster view of San Francisco skyline rewards walkers near top of Potrero Hill
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