North Beach is San Francisco’s “Little Italy” and ground zero for the historic Beatnik movement. Once home to Jack Kerouac and Joe DiMaggio, this classic San Francisco neighborhood retains a unique, lively atmosphere to this day.
Easily walkable from nearby Chinatown, the Financial District, and Russian Hill, North Beach rewards exploring. Its Columbus Avenue main drag, along with neighboring Grant and Green Streets, is full of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment, like Beat mecca City Lights Booksellers and Comstock Saloon (founded circa 1907).
Those willing to climb North Beach’s hills – maybe via the Filbert Street steps (home to the Telegraph Hill parrots) on the way to famed landmark Coit Tower – are rewarded with stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and city itself. Washington Square Park offers dog-friendly green space equally great for throwing frisbees or picnicking.
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North Beach is surrounded by San Francisco’s Financial District south of Broadway. Russian Hill to the west, Telegraph Hill to the east, and Fisherman’s Wharf to the north. It offers a quick commute to FiDi and Downtown, with accompanying Muni and BART options.