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North Beach

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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Description: Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding...
Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding fine cuisine to its claim to fame.
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Little Italy neighborhood & more

Traditional area of San Francisco that hasn't changed a great deal. One of the neighborhood areas that you should visit... you definitely know when you are there. Just look for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Utica, New York

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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Traditional area of San Francisco that hasn't changed a great deal. One of the neighborhood areas that you should visit... you definitely know when you are there. Just look for the Italian colors & the flags on the telephone poles. But there's more than the Italian character... beautiful old homes, great views, nice people.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Lots of older homes make this an interesting area and one that we will revisit on the next stop. Some unique garage sales with cool stufff

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Go to San Francisco! My wife and I were given a trip to Burlingame -- by the International Airport at the Bay -- just south of San Francisco. Our daughter and her husband gave of the trip to celebrate Christmas in 2014. Our daughter, Gigi, grew up in San Francisco before her mother died and she became our foster daughter.... More 

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Eagle River, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We need more time in North Beach. Our next trip to the area will focus more on this very Italian area. Italian is spoken on the streets in North Beach, just as Chinese is spoken in Chinatown. You will know you are in North Beach when you see the utility poles encircled by the Italian flag - small ones painted... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Probably one of my fav places in San Fran, especially enjoyed walking up/down those steep hills! The area definitely has a lot to offer!

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Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this neighborhood. Lots of great choices in restaurants - especially Italian. Enjoyed walking around and seeing homes and views. Wear comfortable shoes - there are some steep hills.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We stayed in this area and did a lot of walking both by day and by night around the area. We went on a evening historic walking tour and found out that it is a very old area first settled by the Italians. There is still a café owned by the same family since the early 1900's and also very... More 

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a must see area everything Italian, there are wonderful places to eat and it is a nice place to just stroll around. You know that you are in North Beach because the poles are lined with the colors of the Italian Flag. You can walk to it from Pier 39 and then stroll right into Chinatown, it's interesting... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Walking through the various neighbourhoods in San Francisco was amazing. We had a great time walking through North Beach. Had DELICIOUS pizza and coffee and just enjoyed strolling around, checking out the architecture, parks, and the local scene.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

On the frontier with Russian Hill, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, this is the Little Italy sector of the city, with an active night life. It used to be the center of the beatnik's culture.

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Address: Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
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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