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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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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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Belton, South Carolina
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

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.

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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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
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243 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 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
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755 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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
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519 reviews
409 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,145 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 

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Beijing, China
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456 reviews
311 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 366 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
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1,289 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,962 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.

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Novato, California
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122 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
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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1,634 reviews
444 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 833 helpful votes
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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72 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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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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