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North Beach

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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: 4156785327
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Shopping at Lola's Card Shop - A MUST!

Every time I visit North Beach, San Francisco, I shop at this little card shop called "Lola." It has the most unique gifts and a huge card selection. I plan on spending at least... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Monterey, California

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Monterey, California
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Every time I visit North Beach, San Francisco, I shop at this little card shop called "Lola." It has the most unique gifts and a huge card selection. I plan on spending at least an hour in there each time I visit. And it's a few doors down from the lovely Italian Pottery store, too. Great little store in North... More 

Thank AuntyBeeTheTraveler
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 338 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I still correctly, or incorrectly, refer to SF's North Beach as the Italian area of town. At any rate there are a number of nice restaurants, Italian and otherwise, here as well as shops and boutiques galore. Fun to walk and explore. Think Dirty Harry? ...

Thank David B L
Fort Myers, Florida
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108 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

North beach and Chinatown are next door neighbors. North beach is the place to rise and shine. Get some coffee and a sweet roll and walk/shop till lunch. Then you have some of the best places to choose from. CAN'T GO WRONG. The later evening and night life are a must do too. But there is NO BEACH at North... More 

Thank Ike2015
Chester, United Kingdom
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331 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Staying near Union Square and going to Fishermans Wharf a lot we walked through this area a number of times and if we return will base ourselves here. Lots of local shops and bars you could really live like a local and still be near the tourist spots.

Thank peterschofield37
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104 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We stayed here after having stayed in the Noe Valley for a few days. North Beach was a bit of a shock at first, after the tranquil, clean streets of Noe Valley, but after a day we got into the swing. It's an urban neighbourhood with many independent shops and restaurants, and a vibrant local Chinese and Italian community. We... More 

Thank rolloutthebarrel
Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I really enjoy the North Beach area of San Francisco. It's filled with wonderful restaurants, many of them Italian, and bakeries with mouth watering pastries. The location is also great since it's right next door to Chinatown and walking distance to Fisherman's Wharf. A cable car ride or bus will get you to Union Square or anywhere else in the... More 

Thank IslandLovinTwosome
Belton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Safest we've felt in the city. We saw no homeless people the entire afternoon. Saints Cathedral is gorgeous. Goorin Hat store is adorable! Service unmatched. Italian community is amazing with delicious eats. Smell of garlic in the air is fantastic! Lola novelty store is great for toys and specialty gifts. Enjoyed expanding views of the city from Coit Tower. Great... More 

Thank Ashleigh C
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Oh what a place to be, to visit, to walk around and eat. Great pizza places, coffees shop... just need to be there and take a walk. Drink some coffee and enjoy your time there.

Thank luisasantoro
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Visited with family, toddlers, teens, and adults. Stopped on our bike ride from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. Everyone had a great time. Water is cold, but a few kids got all of the way in. Plenty of space relax and admire the bay.

Thank TrekkerDave
Nova Scotia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Easy to find. Located next to Chinatown. A nice place to talk a walk. Also a good place to eat Italian food.

Thank nwaynesworld

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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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