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North Beach

Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Chinatown)
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Food Lover's Sightseeing Tour of San Francisco
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San Francisco Crooked Street Advanced Segway Tour
Ranked #63 of 385 Attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Neighborhoods, Beaches, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Drinking
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding fine cuisine to its claim to fame.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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374 reviews 374 reviews
190 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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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Yucaipa, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This was a wonderful walking tour of North Beach shops with history as well. Seeing the various neighbor markets with their variety of unusual fruits and vegetables was a treat. Tasting different balsamic vinegars was a highlight of the tour.

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Fresno, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The meal we had was pasta with tomato sauce and the guide served parmesan cheese if we wanted it. The fudge "chocolatier" lady had piercing and tattoos most areas of her body. She had a talk but could not answer any questions. This tour was $65. This is an addition to a review I wrote a few minutes ago.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are a huge number of good italian restaurants in this area. Located right next to chinatown it's well worth a visit to this area!

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This little neighborhood is worth a walk through. It isn't a "must see" in my opinion, but a why not if walk from Chinatown to Lombard. We didn't stop anywhere, but the walk was nice and relaxing.

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Port Moody
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I would highly recommend booking a North Beach Food/Walking Tour if you've never been to North Beach. Our guide, Blandina, took us to some great places to have coffee and pastries and the best Italian food in SF. Tour fee gives you a 3 hour tour with stops for coffe and multiple food samplings-we were full after our tour! Our... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I love North Beach and I live here. I love the warmth and welcoming of my neighbors toward me and the tons of tourists from all over the world who visit here. I love the heavy concentration of excellent Italian restaurants. My favorites are Contadinas and Pelligrini's. The best Gelato is Mara's Italian Pastry (Their lemon bars are heaven). Walk... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Food tastes better than the place looks. Lobster ravioli was good. Homemade desserts available, but the lunch was very filling.

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