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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 #59 of 375 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

An escape from some of the more business oriented areas downtown - it has more of a community and lived in neighbourhood - some of the better Italian restaurants in town if you prefer the "real thing", not just the latest fashion.

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Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Take the Stockton Street bus from Union Square. Start walking down Columbus till you see a restaurant you like. Eat, you can't go wrong. Check out City Lights Books. Wander through the park. There are always artists on the weekend.

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London, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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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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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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Ohio
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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
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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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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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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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