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North Beach

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Broadway at Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone Number: 4156785327
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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The old Barbary coast

This neighborhood has managed to carry it's raucus freewheeling attitude from 150 years ago. strip clubs rub shoulders with hip venues, and around the corner is little Italy

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Norma W
Gilroy, California
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Gilroy, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This neighborhood has managed to carry it's raucus freewheeling attitude from 150 years ago. strip clubs rub shoulders with hip venues, and around the corner is little Italy

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

We spent several days round here as our friends lived nearby, and our hotel was just on the boarder with Chinatown on Broadway. This area of San Francisco is so relaxed and has a village like feel to it. Fortunately, our friends who hosted us in the city took us round the various shops and restaurants of this neighborhood.

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Twin Cities
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

I admit, I may be influenced by the fact that I am part Italian American and have been to Italy many, many times. I love everything about the culture and the way of life - whether in Europe or in the U.S. North Beach is exciting, historic and just plain great fun. Everyone has their favorite Italian restaurant in North... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Go for the Italian Food and Bistro in this area. Great experience! A' little Italy' it called. Although most of the Italians moved to other area, but the culture and feeling of Italy still there. Have a wonderful meal, coffee, and bakeries, and people watiching are all joyful !!! :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

We arrived in SF the day of the festival and spent the day wandering around the streets of north beach listening to the many music acts and having a few beers and food from the various stalls. Great way to spend the day if you have nothing else to do and wanted to chill in the city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

When in North Beach, I always feel as if I'm on vacation. There is a very mellow feeling in this area even though is is busy and thriving with many people. One of my favorite things to do here is to grab a slice of pizza and go to Washington Park and find a spot to munch and people watch.... More 

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Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Great shopping with Italian Shops. Items you can't purchase online. The food is amazing! Coit Tower gives you 360 degree views of the entire city and Bay Area. Easy walk to Lombard St.

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Bilbao, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

My husband and I had a great time in our first day in San Francisco!Margarita, our tour guide was so nice and she explained us many interesting things about San Francisco´s history. The food tasting started with an incredible soup made with seafood. Then we had and amazing apetizers with a delicious cocktail. After this, we had the best pizza... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

I suppose this would be more of an attraction for me if I were into the nightlife scene for which this area is well-known. I do love Italian restaurants though, and it’s easy to see why part of North Beach has been dubbed “Little Italy.” It’s also easy to see why the term “charming” is so often used in descriptions... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

They have the best Italian food there, Try Molinaris for a killer sandwich. Most places are open for lunch

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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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