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Washington Square

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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 831 2700
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Peaceful repose

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2015
Orlando, Florida

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

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.

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Orlando, Florida
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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 

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Beijing, China
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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.

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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.

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Novato, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This area is kind of the hub of North Beach with stores and restaurants mostly lining the square. Not a place I would picnic at in San Francisco as there are a lot of homeless people sleeping there...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I walked through Washington Square on a recent visit to San Francisco. The best thing about this park is the location as it is in the heart of Little Italy. There is not much to do here. Located on Columbus Street, Washington Square Park is one of the most family friendly parks in San Francisco. It was... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This one little spot has more charm, great spots to wine or dine, nibble pasteries and coffee up. Nice little play area for kids, beautiful Catholic cathedral, St.Peter and St. Paul's. Mass in English, Spanish and Chinese. Up one hill to Russian Hill and Lombard St. Around the corner one way to Chinatown and around the other it's pure Italy.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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
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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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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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