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North Beach

Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Chinatown)
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #62 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Neighborhoods, Beaches, History Museums
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Most of this neighborhood's former beatnik charm is retained while adding fine cuisine to its claim to fame.
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London, England
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142 reviews 142 reviews
54 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Weave not stayed in the area but generally it is a goo place to wander about to find some local places to eat and drink.

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Tyler, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We rented a VRBO on Mason street. It was wonderful and only 4-5 blocks away from several attractions. The North Beach area is very nice. Get ready to eat some great italian food and gelato! Go to Tony's pizza and Mama's to eat next to Washington square park. Be ready to wait but the park makes it go by fast.... More

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Fremont, California
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357 attraction reviews
686 helpful votes 686 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

There are a number of very good Italian pastry stores/expresso shops in North Beach. In addition, there is a variety of restaurants, nightlife venues, and more. Its a neighborhood worth wandering through when visiting San Francisco.

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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Talk about luck! As we were walking all round San Fran, we accidently found a festival going on in North Beach. It was lots of fun with music, arts and crafts vendors, food, etc. We had a great time walking up an down the streets browsing the booths.

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Folsom, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I really enjoy North Beach in SF. It's got great Italian restaurants, a variety of nightlife venues, and is generally a good time for locals and tourists alike. The best book store in San Francisco - City Lights is located in this neighborhood. It's also home to some of my favorite bars like 15 Romolo, Vesuvio and the Rosewood.

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Kentfield, California
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289 helpful votes 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

North Beach use to be the home of "hippies" "strip bars" and other nefarious places. North Beach today is a far cry from what it use to be. Mostly Italians in the area, great restaurants, a beautiful Catholic Church Saints Peter and Paul. A nice park to people watch across from the Church, Coit Tower with great views of the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

Attentive well cooked food. Good menu with prices you would expect to pay but not over the top. We had a good meal for 4 people for$300. Good wine list. I would recommend for a nice Italian meal good but not exceptional with helpful attentive service

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Sacramento, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Some of my favorite restaraunts are located in North Beach. A nice area to walk to other nearby areas (like china town) and one can easily catch a cable car to the warf.

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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We rented an apartment in North Beach for our week visit to SF, so glad we did. Great neighborhood, great vibe, lots of good restaurants, and great location for walking or picking up public transportation. We would stay in this neighborhood on a return trip for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Use Public transportation and do as much as you possibly can while in San Francisco. Have clam chowder and fish and chips along the wharf while listening to the sea lions bark. Get over to the Ferry Building and have lite bites from many of the food vendors. Do not miss my favorite spot, Original Joe's for a beer and... More

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