Maiden Lane - San Francisco
Lunch and fun
Maiden Lane is a little alleyway that starts at Union Square and runs two short blocks. It runs between Geary and Post streets, running east and west from Stockton to Kearny. It's lined with famous brand name clothing shops and several dining and unique shopping treats. For a list, visit this link.
I love having a light lunch of seafood salad and a glass of wine at Mocca. Sometimes, there are musicians, which add to the spirit of the day.
On the same side of the street is the Diptyque store. Doesn't sound familiar? It's a famous (under the radar) candle and fragrance company from Paris. They have very few shops worldwide, but we're fortunate to have one here. Most scented candles are either wimpy or overwhelming. Diptyque candles are just perfect. They have quite a presentation and I highly recommend a visit to sample 10 or 20.
About half way down toward Kearny, is Xanadu Gallery. Unbeknownst to most passers by, it's one of the only Frank Lloyd-Wright buildings in the city. The inside is reminiscent of the Guggenheim in New York. Be sure to check it out.
Frank Lloyd-Wright in San Francisco
Free Opera on Maiden Lane
Litz Plummer, Operatic Soprano and Robert Close,Operatic Tenor perform regularly at Maiden Lane and Grant Street. I love hearing their voices filling the street with beautiful arias from popular operas.
And they do it for free. Pick up a CD to help support them. For a sample, visit this link for a video of them singing.
Take the time to wander this little piece of San Francisco. Most tourists miss it completely. I'm sure you won't now.