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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-831-2700
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Walk by the park!

We happened to walk by the park on our way to Telegraph Hill. There was a group of (presumably) Chinese ladies practicing an exercise/dance with large fans which they snapped open... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 27, 2016
Tracey G
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

We happened to walk by the park on our way to Telegraph Hill. There was a group of (presumably) Chinese ladies practicing an exercise/dance with large fans which they snapped open and closed with precision. Cool!

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Heusden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

A soul singer, right after the gate, covering Sam Cooke's songbook, at least 60, still talented. A jazz orchestra, at the other side of the fountain. Mid July, an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, people hanging around, listening, or reading a book.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

While visiting the Washington Square locale be sure to check out Saints Peter and Paul Church on Filbert across from the park. It’s a lovely piece of architecture, very enjoyable even if you don’t go inside.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Came across this traveling on a bus and was really impressed with the neighborhood with its many cafes and shops - one of my SF favorites The park was full of people enjoying the sunshine

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

I discovered Washington Square Park on my way to Pier 39 via Bus #8 and I recommend this place to every reader visiting SF as this will get you away from the crazy atmosphere from Market street or Union Square. The park is nice and next to the park is a beautiful church: St Peter & Paul Church. There are... More 

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San Francisco, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

Washington Square is a perfect park for people watching. Right in the middle of North Beach, the Italian neighborhood, and right across from beautiful Peter & Paul Church on one side and the amazing Tony's Pizzeria on the other, and practically in the shadow of the impressive Coit Tower, relax in this park for a while, as you watch the... More 

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Vacaville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016

My wife and I recently visited San Francisco. While exploring the North Beach area we came upon Washington Square. There is a nice park here, with many small shops and businesses. It is a breath of fresh air for San Francisco

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2015

We always walk by here when we come to North Beach. This time we actually partook of a bench and watched the sky and the church after a big dinner at Original Joe's. People are friendly here and they bring their dogs on their nightly stroll. there is a small play area for kids down by Columbus Avenue. Nothing fancy... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2015

Staying near Union Square and going to Fishermans Wharf a lot we walked through Washington Square a number of times and called in for the odd drink. Really nice square a number of bars and a couple of hotels. Would be a great place to base yourself when visiting San Francisco.

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Belton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Park wasn't anything great, but Saints Peter and Paul Parrish made the trip worth it. Beautiful and intricate. There is no Parrish store as the cathedrals in NYC. Would have loved to purchase a history book. Was nice to have a quiet place to reflect. Moving to say the least.

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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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