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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 #61 of 359 attractions in San Francisco
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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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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Fortaleza, CE
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29 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The restaurants and coffee places are yummy! I love all the architecture and historical part of it. Almost getting in Downtown are my favorite places, The Saloon, the oldest bar in San Francisco, Vesuvio, where Jack Kerouac used to meet Allen Ginsberg and The Beat Museum. Grab a Napa Valley wine bottle and just hang with your friends at Washington... More

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Somers, New York
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35 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I walked through this neighborhood after walking down Lombard St, on my self-guided walking tour of the city. Many interesting-looking small restaurants and cafes, lots of people, and lots of activity. So hard to choose a place to eat... luckily I had the Tripadvisor app on my phone to help me out!

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San Francisco, California
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

San Francisco is known for its great city views and its lively diversity. And this is so true of the North Beach area...where East meets West - in the forms of Chinatown (the largest outside of China!) and the Little Italy neighborhood. Nowhere but here can you find fresh, tasty, cheap Dim Sum (try the Har Gao or Baked Bao... More

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Long Beach, California
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is the place to come for outdoor cafe dining during warm weather. Along columbus ave you will find plenty of small eateries. Obviously, most of the food will be italian here with a good number of pasta joints.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed at Fisherman's Wharf area so, we walked through the North Breach area several times. Take the Powell-Mason cable car through; walk Columbus Ave, sit in Washington Square park and people watch, take advantage of the Italian cafes and bakeries. We also took the bus when we went to Haight Ashbury area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

We stopped here on our city bus tour and had a late lunch. There are Italian cafés up and down the streets so look at menus and prices before you decide. We had lunch, walked it off, and then had coffee and desserts. Delicious!

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Vero Beach, Florida
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

If possible, find a B&B in North Beach, put on your walking shoes and have the time of your life!!!! A little known gem is the F trolley line. The cars are antiques from across the country and around the world. The line runs from Fisherman's Wharf, along the Embarcadero, past the Ferry Building and on to Market Street. Fare... More

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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Take a nice walk and partake of the varieties of Italian food and deserts available. One option is to dine in Chinatown and have dessert in North Beach. This is a trendy neighborhood and a great place to visit. Put on your walking shoes, but know that there are city buses readily available.

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