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Washington Square

Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach / Telegraph Hill)
Phone Number: 415 831 2700
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Ranked #162 of 716 things to do in San Francisco
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Martial arts, Dining
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Martial arts, Dining
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Soquel, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Boulder, Colorado
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248 reviews 248 reviews
43 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
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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Brisbane, Australia
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360 reviews 360 reviews
246 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, CA
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308 reviews 308 reviews
127 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

So much of the neighborhood comes through this park, grannies with their charges, nannies, young couples, singles, dogs, squirrels, and lots of birds. A melange of cultures are present, the Italian and the Chinese mixing with the tourists and locals. Lots of great places to eat around here, so much to see and do. Walk around the park, take it... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was staying at a friends place in North Beach on my last trip and Washington Square was 5 mins away so every morning, on my way out to explore, I would grab a coffee from Cafe Divine and sit in the park to enjoy the blue skies, great weather, fresh air and the gorgeous scenery. The area is full... More 

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Israel
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176 reviews 176 reviews
49 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
40 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
71 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
54 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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NE USA
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231 reviews 231 reviews
93 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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