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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
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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In search of dinner in the evening here!!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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381 reviews 381 reviews
189 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 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
61 helpful votes 61 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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39 reviews 39 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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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