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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
Activities: Martial arts, Dining
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Located in the heart of Little Italy

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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Lancashire
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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: 415 831 2700
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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