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North Beach

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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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Still abit of charm left

I read the reviews about the decline in North Beach so I wasn’t too eager to make our way down there. However, there was a stop on our city tour there and I was pleasantly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I read the reviews about the decline in North Beach so I wasn’t too eager to make our way down there. However, there was a stop on our city tour there and I was pleasantly surprised. I hate when I read a review and I don’t see something because people say it is a miss and don’t waste your time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

North Beach is not a beach ... anymore. But, it once was when small fishing boat unloaded their catch and moored in The City's former interior cove, long filled in. Immigrant Italians many who trekked up to Napa and Sonoma and down through the huge Central/San Jaoquin Valleys which they farmed, grew crops and grapes and established the CA wine... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Standing in line outside for over an hour and eating a scrumptious breakfast at Mama's on Washington Square plus going up to the top of Coit Tower to see the surrounding views were my favorite two things about this neighborhood. Walking from Washington Square/Mama's to the top of Telegraph Hill to get to Coit Tower is recommended. After visiting the... More 

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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The old North Beach is dying out unfortunately as the demographics change. The old family restaurants are closing, but new ones are opening. There are still a few old delis and bakeries to make the visit worthwhile.

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Havertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We had a great time walking to the Coit Tower. This famous landmark gives you a 360 degree view of the Bay area. Only disappointment ..the wait time to go up to the top of the tower was 45 minuets. We did not have the time to wait that long. Looks like I will have to save it for the... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

one of the more interesting and historical parts of town. Initially Italian however its a melting pot these days ... Washington Sq is a great area to walk around , making your way down Grant Street

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

If you are looking for a beach in the heart of SF, check out North Beach. Close to the Golden Gate and Presidio. The sand was soft and free of rocks. Lots of people and dogs but not too crowded. The water is exactly what you would expect in SF - cold!!

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

After 1906 quake north beach was no longer near the sea front. Also famous for its wonderful church, beautiful square ( not a square sorry), excellent pizza, exotic Italian ice cream parlour and mamas. The latter has queues a mile long, which obviously rule it out for us. Great area to chill out in and visualise Joe DiMaggio who grew... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The area was reconstructed after the 1906 great earthquake and became a haven for Italian immigrants and its in effect the Little Italy part of the city with many good places to eat. Its now being encroached by an expanding Chinatown though.

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I love North Beach! There are so many restaurants that serve fresh fish and great pasta. And there is always something that is happening on the street - interesting cars & interesting people! My husband and I often walk in SF, and North Beach is part of our voyage - with a stop at a restaurant! A part of SF... More 

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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill

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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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