We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Washington Square

Certificate of Excellence
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 831 2700
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
and up
Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese...
More Info
and up
San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour
More Info
and up
San Francisco North Beach Pub Crawl

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 72 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 19
  • 38
    Very good
  • 15
  • 0
  • 0
Really nice break in the middle of San Francisco's North Beach area

My wife and I recently visited San Francisco. While exploring the North Beach area we came upon Washington Square. There is a nice park here, with many small shops and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Vacaville, California

Similar Things to Do in San Francisco

Add Photo Write a Review

72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Vacaville, California
Level Contributor
288 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I recently visited San Francisco. While exploring the North Beach area we came upon Washington Square. There is a nice park here, with many small shops and businesses. It is a breath of fresh air for San Francisco

Thank DennisAtkinson
Grants Pass, Oregon
Level Contributor
168 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We always walk by here when we come to North Beach. This time we actually partook of a bench and watched the sky and the church after a big dinner at Original Joe's. People are friendly here and they bring their dogs on their nightly stroll. there is a small play area for kids down by Columbus Avenue. Nothing fancy... More 

Thank Dawn D
Chester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
331 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Staying near Union Square and going to Fishermans Wharf a lot we walked through Washington Square a number of times and called in for the odd drink. Really nice square a number of bars and a couple of hotels. Would be a great place to base yourself when visiting San Francisco.

1 Thank peterschofield37
Belton, South Carolina
Level Contributor
50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Park wasn't anything great, but Saints Peter and Paul Parrish made the trip worth it. Beautiful and intricate. There is no Parrish store as the cathedrals in NYC. Would have loved to purchase a history book. Was nice to have a quiet place to reflect. Moving to say the least.

Thank Ashleigh C
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I find this park fascinating because there is always something going on here. On Sundays there are people lounging about the park having picnics, playing with dogs, and enjoying gelato and when it's nice in the morning there are different groups of people practicing Tai Chi, some practicing sets with fans, and other people just watching. Many buses have stops... More 

Thank Julie G
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
274 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is a nice little green space in the hub of the North Beach area. Some great restaurants line the streets around this quiet little park.

Thank TahitiZ
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
857 reviews
320 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

We walked past many times but today we picked up dim sum, walked over here and ate in the park. It's small but nice. Some of the benches are in the shade.

Thank wasntme58
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
660 reviews
518 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,270 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Returning from Fisherman’s Wharf district, I left the bus to visit Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral. I spied the twin steeples on the other side of a triangular pocket park at Union and Columbus streets. There’s not much to see, other than a majestic willow tree and a statue of, surprisingly, Ben Franklin. You’d think there’d be a statue of... More 

2 Thank DeanMurphy2020
Beijing, China
Level Contributor
664 reviews
488 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 447 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We ran into Washington Square on our way to the awesome church located close by. This is a nice little section of town and was enchanting for about 30 minutes, long enough to catch our breath before heading back. It’s worth a brief respite.

Thank Daniel A
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
1,347 reviews
954 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,005 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Washington Square is in Little Italy and one of the city's first parks. Its a popular place to stop in North Beach as it has plenty of cafes and restaurants and there is also the imposing St Peter & Paul's Church.

Thank PrestonGuild

Travelers who viewed Washington Square also viewed

San Francisco, CA

Been to Washington Square? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Washington Square staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in North Beach / Telegraph Hill

Neighborhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighborhood