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

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North Beach, San Francisco

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.

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

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North Beach and Nearby Sights on Map

Sts. Peter and Paul Church

A white statuesque, neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral situated directly in front of Washington Square

Washington Square

Every day at around 8AM-10AM, locals practice tai-chi, the martial art and meditation practice

Juana Briones Monument

See the monument erected in honor of this humanitarian and pioneer settler of Yerba Buena (now North Beach)

Pioneer Park

This park sits atop Telegraph Hill and surrounds the base of Coit Tower

Pier 39

Pier 39 is a shopping and entertainment complex on Fisherman's Wharf with over 50 specialty stores, 13 full service restaurants, theater, cruises, street performances, and several other things to do for the entire family

North Beach Museum

Photographs, pictures and artifacts that shed light on the rich history of North Beach

Coit Tower

Visible from all parts of San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill in Pioneer Park and offers an excellent view of the surroundings

Aquarium of the Bay

The Aquarium of the Bay is the right size for kids, with an underwater tunnel where the fish swim above you as you gaze at them, and ponds where you can touch various live marine animals

Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill earned its name in the days of the Gold Rush when it was used as a signaling post to relay messages about incoming ships to the bay

Woh Hei Yuen Park

Small park and recreation center that has some interesting public art like the ''Five Carved Stones'' by Marcia Donahue and ''Tectonic Melange'' by Lampo Leong