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Filbert Steps

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Sansome St. & Filbert St., San Francisco, CA
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A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

A 284 foot wooden-step walkway leading up to the top of Telegraph Hill.

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Glad we went DOWN the steps!

Great views and delightful walk down the steps from the Coit Tower which meanders through residential gardens - just beautiful and peaceful ! This area must have very fit postmen!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great views and delightful walk down the steps from the Coit Tower which meanders through residential gardens - just beautiful and peaceful ! This area must have very fit postmen!

Thank Dime26
Winnipeg, Canada
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My mother and I walked down from the top of Telegraph Hill towards The Embarcadero via the Filbert Steps, on the morning of August 1st. After admiring the views from the top of Telegraph Hill and the parking lot of Coit Tower, we walked down towards The Embarcadero via the Filbert Steps. The wooden steps were surrounded by beautiful gardens,... More 

Thank brittanymaria423
Ontario, Canada
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259 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the steps "down" only and that was sufficient for a rainy day. (Beware, they can be a bit slippery when wet). It was hard to believe you were right in the City walking through all the greenery and enjoying some of the residential sections before landing in North Beach area just in time for lunch!

1 Thank StanleyandMarie
Novato, California
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is great way to shortcut from the Embarcadero to North Beach (Italian heritage neighborhood in San Francisco), but beware; you will burn a days worth of calories on the climb! which is just right because when you get to North Beach there is sooo much great food!

2 Thank stevengW2415DA
Buchs Zürich, Switzerland
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424 reviews
254 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It used to be a dump but over the years it developed to a pricey area. The houses are squeezed in where they fit. Along the steps they a nice garden maintained by volunteers.

Thank Graido
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120 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We worked out way up these steps and enjoyed every moment away from the hustle and bustle. Lots of greenery and every now and again there is a break and you can see the bay. Historically significant... Do the research before walking it so you can appreciate it a bit more. Wear your touristy gym shoes and get ready to... More 

1 Thank Amber G
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32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This will make your calves ache but so worthwhile as the gardens are real hidden gems. We even saw the local parakeets. Views spectacular.

1 Thank Hairygreek
Dunedin, New Zealand
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124 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

We really enjoyed our walk up the Filbert Street steps. It's a really picturesque area and the views are well worth it but most of all we enjoyed the quaint side 'streets' which run off Filbert Street and all the lovely houses and gardens along the way.

1 Thank Joe W
Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This is a tucked away place where not a lot of tourists go to. It's a nice place to get away from the noise of the city.

Thank Leah L
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We planned to walk up Filbert Steps from the Embarcadero side but couldn't find them. After wandering around a few streets we ended up walking around to the other side of Coit Tower via Chestnut St, Grant Ave & then Greenwich St which was a steep hill but only a few steps. On exiting from the tower we were able... More 

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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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