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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:
+1 415-678-5327
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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Food, Shopping, Coit Tower, Lombard St.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 July 2016
Morgan E
Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
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Dalzell, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 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 20 July 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 24 June 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 4 June 2016

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

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

We walked this street on the way to Lombard street and the squiggly street, its very pretty and has those great steep San Francisco roads, a few restaurants and shops on the way. Ensure you have good walking shoes as some of those hills are steep. Can get busy too.

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Northern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

You'll find phenomenal restaurants throughout the area, but be sure to eat a pizza at Tony's! Enjoy an easy stroll as you head from Union Square through Chinatown to North Beach and down to the water for amazing views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate.

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Yonkers, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

This is a great part of town to walk around and build up an appetite for great Italian food. The hills, like the rest of San Francisco are steep.

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Applecross, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

If you get a chance take a walk through North Beach, it's such a beautiful historic part of San Fran that shouldn't be missed.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

My husband and I have had the pleasure of living in North Beach for the past three years. Sadly, we are moving and heading back to Southern California but North Beach has become our second home. If you are an international traveler or a local that needs to spice up your life then this is the place you must come... More 

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daly city, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Walked North Beach after dinner for some desserts and it was nice & quiet with no rain it was delightful.

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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 neighbourhood 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 neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood home.
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