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Washington Square

Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)
415 831 2700
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Ranked #120 of 377 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Parks
Activities: Martial arts, Dining
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148 reviews 148 reviews
36 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Although many of the Chinese/American women I spoke to in the square say they don't speak English I was able to learn that they practice Tai Chi here every day between 7 and 9 am. And they've been doing it for forty years. They practice Yang style. First they do 24 movements, then 48 movements and then 24 again. After... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I encountered this square while I am heading toward the bay. People are enjoying the morning exercising in the fresh air, jogging and walking. Nearby, a large church with resembles the Duomo of Milano which adds a fantastic view to the area. Nearby there is Mama's restaurant which is one of the best for breakfast.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

We grabbed a couple of coffees from a shop nearby & spent an hour or so just relaxing in this park. It was a glorious sunny warm day. What better way to get away from the bustle of the streets.

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Purley, England, United Kingdom
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52 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you hand around here long enough you will see a lot of dogs in the park being walked and Mama's restaurant is here. Go to mamas for breakfast! Random Chinese women practice Tai Chi or shout out for no reason and sometimes homeless people will ask for you very specific amounts like wanting 6.42 cents to complete for a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Lovely park that is enjoyed by many on the Saturday morning we were there. We walked through on our way to Cafe Divine (highly recommend!) on the corner of Stockton & Union. There were three separate groups of people throughout the park doing Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We visited on a gloriously sunny 1st December day. There was a pop up art market on the green, a Little Italy walking tour just starting out and a substantial group of ladies practicing Tai Chi in front of the Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Nearby there is a huge variety of excellent Cafés, restaurants and coffee shops that you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

Nice little park with dogs running around and people walking around. Beautiful view of the church. Very cool architecture. There were a few bums in the park but they didn't bother us.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We caught the bus to the Coit tower on the corner where this park is located. There were artist's in the park showing their paintings. It has a huge grass area for sitting/laying and lots of benches. Great place to just relax during a break of walking around the city.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This park stole my heart. The location next to the church, down the street from the schools and near the coffee shops and restaurants was incredibly picturesque. We were always up and out of our rental home early each morning and saw the park come to life in the morning with groups of people doing Tai Chi and other exercise.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The square has many just resting on blankets or sitting on benches, kids, families and old folks too. Take out at nearby italian and local cafe' mean can picnic away from busy streets. Outdoor seating at cafe's along Columbus and around square give Euro feel. Cable car and buses close by or walk to Fisherman's or up to Snob hill... More

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