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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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Great spot for people watching

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Morgan H
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Houston, Texas
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Atlanta, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 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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36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Singapore
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265 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
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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40 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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126 helpful votes 126 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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365 helpful votes 365 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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109 helpful votes 109 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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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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