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Washington Square

North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 831 2700
Activities: Martial arts, Dining
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Great spot for people watching

This is some of the best people watching I had done in SF. There were hippies, tai chi practices, picnics, frisbees, dogs, you name it. It was neat to see all kinds of people in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This is some of the best people watching I had done in SF. There were hippies, tai chi practices, picnics, frisbees, dogs, you name it. It was neat to see all kinds of people in all kinds of life using the same space. Grab a cannoli from Mara's down the street and grab a bench.

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Ridgefield, Washington
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The kid play area is nice and clean with a variety of things for the kids to do. They have clean bathrooms and plenty of green grass and benches to relax on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is one of the oldest parks in San Francisco, so there's bound to have been a fair bit of history here. Located in the middle of North Beach district, the park is a natural magnet for locals and visitors alike to unwind any day of the week but especially on weekends. It helps that surrounding the park are loads... More 

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40 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a nice little parked overlooked by the most stunning church. Great place to relax for an hour or so- there's also a great ice cream parlour just round the corner

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The is a good place to relax for a while and people watch or absorb some sunshine. It's nice to see it gets used by lots of folks both local and tourists

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Soquel, California
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

North Beach around Washington Square Park is a study in restaurants and nostalgia. Lots of great places to try and a great area to walk. I love the Italian Restaurants, in particular Fior d'Italia (the oldest Italian Restaurant) and the Stinking Rose - garlic, garlic and more garlic! We also walked down to Ghirardelli Square and had a good breakfast... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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54 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

in the city when we took public trans to Ferry Building Marketplace.......then the F to Maritime Historic Park.........and then we walked down to North Beach and this park while we were waiting for our adult kids to join us for dinner at North Beach Restaurant on Stockton. How pleasant .........locals galore..........the church giving it a vibe........the waiting lines for trans.......cafes.......restaurants.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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356 helpful votes 356 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Washington Square park was a nice place to take a rest, located in front of Saints Peter and Paul's Church in North Beach, we found that there were many locals also taking the time to relax, bring their dog. Around the area are loads of cafes and restaurants. In the centre of the park is a statue of Benjamin Franklin,... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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141 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

So much of the neighborhood comes through this park, grannies with their charges, nannies, young couples, singles, dogs, squirrels, and lots of birds. A melange of cultures are present, the Italian and the Chinese mixing with the tourists and locals. Lots of great places to eat around here, so much to see and do. Walk around the park, take it... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was staying at a friends place in North Beach on my last trip and Washington Square was 5 mins away so every morning, on my way out to explore, I would grab a coffee from Cafe Divine and sit in the park to enjoy the blue skies, great weather, fresh air and the gorgeous scenery. The area is full... More 

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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