North Beach

North Beach is San Francisco’s “Little Italy.” This bohemian bastion has Beatnik written all over it. Retrace Kerouac’s head-trip at Vesuvio’s, marvel at Specs’ eternal ephemera exhibit, or get liquid inspiration with the O.G. locals at Gino and Carlo’s. Tourist gems like Coit Tower, Beach Blanket Babylon and old-school Italian eateries are this area’s bread and butter. Broadway’s neon-lit burlesque adds a little sultriness to the atmosphere.

Delve into the local subtext at City Lights bookstore, explore the door-to-door bar scene on Grant Street then beat a tasty retreat to Tosca’s for a midnight snack. North Beach is a banquet of delights.

Intellectuals and Italians made North Beach what it is today, one of the city’s most adored areas. Chianti and marinara are “Little Italy’s” original claim to fame, and the midcentury Beatnik movement cemented its counterculture icon status.

Sip Chianti by candlelight at Sodini’s, grab a slice at Golden Boy, and scale the steep slopes for dazzling views of the city lights. North Beach is the perfect perch for night owls.




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