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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, City walk sightseeing, Shopping, 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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Always Hot, Exciting, and Fun!

My colleague and I took a nice walk from the TransAmerica tower up Columbus into North Beach after work one evening. We went for diversion and excitement. So much to do and see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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West Hollywood
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152 reviews 152 reviews
55 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My colleague and I took a nice walk from the TransAmerica tower up Columbus into North Beach after work one evening. We went for diversion and excitement. So much to do and see. The Beat Museum, always great - and the young men working there are hungry to talk to anyone about the Beat Generation, especially if you were part... More 

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Mendoza, Argentina
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Experience the Italian community of San Francisco on the streets of North Beach. You can find some really nice cafes and restaurants here. I strongly recommend "the stinky rose". Be prepared to taste some garlic ! Squares and churches are really nice too.

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Freeland, Washington
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34 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I am Italian, but I hadn't spent time in North Beach during the various and many trips I've made to San Francisco. This is a great place to hang out! Views of Peter and Paul Cathedral. Great gelato places. Wonderful food and delis, and not far from the famous City Lights Bookstore.

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San Francisco, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
35 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

North Beach is just awesome. It's very lively at night compared to the rest of San Francisco, and the restaurant selection is abundant. There are tons of delicious venues to choose from, ranging from Italian to Chinese to Philly Cheesesteaks. There are also a lot of great bars within the area. It's very unique compared to the rest of San... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is the Little Italy of the West-shame that so many restaurants close so early-fortunately we found one eventually.earlier in the day there are plenty of cafes for a good espresso! In Columbus ave check out No 261, the first paperback store in the country.!!

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Davis, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

If I lived in SF it would be in North Beach. And North Beach may not be for everyone, but its definitely my type of place. Lots of Italian restaurants, cafés, bakeries. Lots of good coffee shops, and funky bars. Beautiful Washington Square with the gorgeous Saint Peter and Paul Church. This is a place where you actually here people... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

First time in North Beach, just fall in love with it. Worth to take some time to explore the area, full of nice restaurants, cafes, a couple of nice churches. You got the Italian feel in this area, even the lamp post has a sticker of Italian Flag on it. It is worth to join a walking tour offered by... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Maybe we weren't there long enough to get the full flavour of the place, but I didn't get the feel like I would in say Little Italy in Manhattan. Just my observation, but I won't be rushing back to North Beach.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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96 reviews 96 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I was in San Francisco October 1-9 I was Very Warm never seen this kind of weather for that many days in a row so I took my friend to dinner in north beach and some drinks at a few places we had a blast

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Kitchener, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

When my wife and I visited San Francisco we both agreed that North Beach was by far our ‎favourite neighborhood.   The Italian restaurants and the pastry shops created a great neighborhood vibe that was fun and smelled amazing. We even saw a large gathering of people going to watch a movie in the park on a giant screen.

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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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