North Beach

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Also known as San Francisco's 'Little Italy' and the historic center of the beatnik subculture, North Beach is a melting pot of cultures and ideas. The effervescent neighborhood, which stretches along the coast from Fisherman's Wharf to Broadway on the Embarcadero, is known for its pulsating nightlife, entertainment spots, and culinary offerings. There are various tours that introduce visitors to the different facets of this happening neighborhood.

Home to a vibrant Italian community, North Beach has several authentic Italian eateries which serve mouthwatering pizzas, cannoli, baked desserts, and cappuccinos. Take a food tour to treat your taste-buds to some of San Francisco's best culinary offerings. There are also several pub crawls in North Beach, which take you to historic dive bars and cozy cafes.

Join a walking tour of the neighborhood to discover hidden gems as you explore the tree-lined avenues lined with Edwardian houses. See the major landmarks which stand as a testament to San Francisco's eventful history.

  • Washington Square Park is a popular grassy stretch where you can relax in peace and observe locals as they go about their day. The Neo-Gothic Saints Peter & Paul Church stands at the north end. It also has a small playground for kids. The park hosts the North Beach Festival in June and the Italian American Heritage Festival in October.
  • The Pioneer Park sprawls over 4.89 acres atop the Telegraph Hill, and has the iconic Coit Tower, which offers incredible panoramic views over the city and bay. The Filbert Steps over the east slope of the hill from Sansome Street to Coit Tower run alongside the Grace Marchant Gardens.
  • The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, established in 1849, is noted for its colorful murals, stained-glass windows and, Schoenstein pipe organ, along with holy relics of the Franciscan saints Francis and Clare of Assisi and Anthony of Padua.
  • The Columbus Tower, also known as Sentinel Building, is a copper-green flatiron building that houses Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope Studios, as well as other studios such as PBS and NPR.
  • Lombard Street has a stretch just outside North Beach which has 8 hair-pin turns over a steep one-block section, earning it the epithet of the 'crookedest street in the world'.
  • The Beat Museum on Broadway is dedicated to the Beat Generation, showcasing memorabilia, books, manuscripts, letters, personal effects, and pop culture artifacts of Jack Kerouac and other poets, artists, writers and flag-holders of the movement.
  • City Lights Bookstore is a historic establishment that was the first all-paperback bookstore in the US. Across the Jack Kerouac Alley is Vesuvio Caf?, which was frequented by Beat Generation luminaries such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Neal Cassady, as well as other cultural figures such as Bob Dylan, and Francis Ford Coppola.
  • The North Beach Museum explores the local history of the district, and the influence of Chinese and Italian immigrant communities. It also presents the contributions of its famous residents such as Joe DiMaggio and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
  • Broadway is San Francisco's entertainment district, lined with restaurants, jazz clubs, nightclubs, bars, and strip clubs.

There are various other attractions such as Lyle Tuttle's Tattoo Museum, the modern penny arcade games at Mus?e M?canique, and the Exploratorium, which brings together the worlds of science and art.

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About North Beach

 San Francisco, CA, USA

 Nearest Transit: Embarcadero

North Beach and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Union Square San Francisco

Union Square San Francisco(1.8 km)
Union Square is a commercial and cultural hub in downtown San Francisco, named after the pro-Union rallies held here during the Civil War.

Alcazar Theater

Alcazar Theater(1.9 km)
Built in 1911 in honor of the Shriners (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine); this Byzantine-style Islamic temple (now a 500 seat theater showing Broadway and off-Broadway shows), is now a historical city landmark.

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall(2.8 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.

United Nations Plaza

United Nations Plaza(2.7 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.

Herbst Theater

Herbst Theater(2.8 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.

Black and White Ball

Black and White Ball(2.7 km)
If you have the budget, why not 'hob-nob' at San Francisco's classiest party? Taking up four entire blocks of the Civic Center, this ball attracts a well-heeled crowd, as well as those who are just splurging.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art(1.9 km)
Housed over two floors, the SFMOMA displays the art ? in a variety of styles and media ? of over 1,000 emerging and established Northern Californian artists.

Ruth Asawa Water Fountain

Ruth Asawa Water Fountain(1.7 km)
A quick overview of San Francisco geography is provided by the '''San Francisco Fountain''' on the steps of the Grand Hyatt on Stockton just north of Post.

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