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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 #53 of 376 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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Port Moody
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I would highly recommend booking a North Beach Food/Walking Tour if you've never been to North Beach. Our guide, Blandina, took us to some great places to have coffee and pastries and the best Italian food in SF. Tour fee gives you a 3 hour tour with stops for coffe and multiple food samplings-we were full after our tour! Our... More

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I love North Beach and I live here. I love the warmth and welcoming of my neighbors toward me and the tons of tourists from all over the world who visit here. I love the heavy concentration of excellent Italian restaurants. My favorites are Contadinas and Pelligrini's. The best Gelato is Mara's Italian Pastry (Their lemon bars are heaven). Walk... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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2,227 reviews 2,227 reviews
776 attraction reviews
864 helpful votes 864 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

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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170 reviews 170 reviews
64 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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145 reviews 145 reviews
57 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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1,122 reviews 1,122 reviews
696 attraction reviews
778 helpful votes 778 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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Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
44 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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