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North Beach

Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Chinatown)
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Ranked #60 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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Fresno, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The meal we had was pasta with tomato sauce and the guide served parmesan cheese if we wanted it. The fudge "chocolatier" lady had piercing and tattoos most areas of her body. She had a talk but could not answer any questions. This tour was $65. This is an addition to a review I wrote a few minutes ago.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are a huge number of good italian restaurants in this area. Located right next to chinatown it's well worth a visit to this area!

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This little neighborhood is worth a walk through. It isn't a "must see" in my opinion, but a why not if walk from Chinatown to Lombard. We didn't stop anywhere, but the walk was nice and relaxing.

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Port Moody
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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Senior Reviewer
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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2,351 reviews 2,351 reviews
827 attraction reviews
972 helpful votes 972 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
65 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
139 helpful votes 139 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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