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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, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, 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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We stumbled upon this neighborhood. Lots of great choices in restaurants - especially Italian. Enjoyed walking around and seeing homes and views. Wear comfortable shoes - there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Deanna S
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Illinois, United States
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Illinois, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

We stumbled upon this neighborhood. Lots of great choices in restaurants - especially Italian. Enjoyed walking around and seeing homes and views. Wear comfortable shoes - there are some steep hills.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We stayed in this area and did a lot of walking both by day and by night around the area. We went on a evening historic walking tour and found out that it is a very old area first settled by the Italians. There is still a café owned by the same family since the early 1900's and also very... More 

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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104 reviews 104 reviews
42 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a must see area everything Italian, there are wonderful places to eat and it is a nice place to just stroll around. You know that you are in North Beach because the poles are lined with the colors of the Italian Flag. You can walk to it from Pier 39 and then stroll right into Chinatown, it's interesting... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Walking through the various neighbourhoods in San Francisco was amazing. We had a great time walking through North Beach. Had DELICIOUS pizza and coffee and just enjoyed strolling around, checking out the architecture, parks, and the local scene.

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Paris
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455 helpful votes 455 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
56 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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85 helpful votes 85 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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