Maiden Lane is a short street in San Francisco, California that is pedestrian-only from 11AM to 6PM. It is notable for its proximity to Union Square and its concentration of upscale retailers, including Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Yves Saint Laurent. It is also home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s V. C. Morris Gift Shop, built in 1948 and currently occupied by Xanadu Gallery.

During the day, while closed to traffic, several cafes open along the streets with outdoor tables that are most enjoyable on the surprising number of sunny days that this neighborhood sees located between Geary and Post streets, running east to west from Stockton to Kearny.

Prior to the 1906 earthquake, the street was called Morton Street and was the center of San Francisco’s red-light district. There was often one murder a week in this area. The earthquake, which leveled much of the city, rendered this two-block stretch rubble.

Once rebuilt, it was renamed Maiden Lane by an enterprising jeweler who wanted to conjure the Maiden Lanes of London and New York which explains a great of the resemblance to the SoHo neighborhood in New York City.

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