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North Beach

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while...

Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding fine cuisine to its claim to fame.

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Wonderful Restaurants and Bakeries Here

I really enjoy the North Beach area of San Francisco. It's filled with wonderful restaurants, many of them Italian, and bakeries with mouth watering pastries. The location is also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2015
Lake Forest, California

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Lake Forest, California
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218 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 NEW

I really enjoy the North Beach area of San Francisco. It's filled with wonderful restaurants, many of them Italian, and bakeries with mouth watering pastries. The location is also great since it's right next door to Chinatown and walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf. A cable car ride or bus will get you to Union Square or anywhere else in the... More 

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

Safest we've felt in the city. We saw no homeless people the entire afternoon. Saints Cathedral is gorgeous. Goorin Hat store is adorable! Service unmatched. Italian community is amazing with delicious eats. Smell of garlic in the air is fantastic! Lola novelty store is great for toys and specialty gifts. Enjoyed expanding views of the city from Coit Tower. Great... More 

Thank Ashleigh C
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Oh what a place to be, to visit, to walk around and eat. Great pizza places, coffees shop... just need to be there and take a walk. Drink some coffee and enjoy your time there.

Thank luisasantoro
Richmond, Virginia
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42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Visited with family, toddlers, teens, and adults. Stopped on our bike ride from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone had a great time. Water is cold, but a few kids got all of the way in. Plenty of space relax and admire the bay.

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Nova Scotia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Easy to find. Located next to Chinatown. A nice place to talk a walk. Also a good place to eat Italian food.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

It's a unique mix of American-Italian meets beach culture. Great bars, good cafes and restaurants. Near Fisherman's Whart and Chinatown. I would say come here at night maybe after a day out at Fisherman's Wharf or dinner at Chinatown.

Thank Jayson C
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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243 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We spent about 3 1/2 hours walking around the North Beach area tasting various goodies from different places! North Beach is a wonderful part of San Francisco with lots of Italian heritage. Don't miss the Italian Homemade Company. The food is authentic and so good!

Thank TahitiZ
Franklin, Tennessee
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654 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Great place to visit as it has a lot of heritage. See the high hills. The north beach is slowly dying out but still interesting to visit.

Thank Houston N
Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Great area to stay, close to tourist attraction and has a wonderful selection of Italian restaurants

Thank ShakinKiwis
Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I read the reviews about the decline in North Beach so I wasn’t too eager to make our way down there. However, there was a stop on our city tour there and I was pleasantly surprised. I hate when I read a review and I don’t see something because people say it is a miss and don’t waste your time... 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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