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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
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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San Francisco's Italian area

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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840 reviews 840 reviews
575 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
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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West Hollywood
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159 reviews 159 reviews
56 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
34 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
46 helpful votes 46 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
20 helpful votes 20 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
52 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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415 reviews 415 reviews
207 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 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
71 helpful votes 71 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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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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