Neighborhood of the Beats
Columbus & Stockton
San Francisco, CA 94133
North Beach is home to San Francisco's original "Little Italy." In the earlier part of the 20th Century, immigrants from Chile, and later Italy, settled in this quarter of San Francisco. They quickly created a vivacious nightlife, as well as an unparalleled reputation. To this day, North Beach is famous for its flavorful Italian restaurants, lively saloons, and enjoyable cafés. However, the Italian flavor of North Beach is not the only attraction to this exuberant neighborhood. In the 1950s, North Beach was also a magnet for many Beat writers and poets, most notably Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. The world-famous Bohemian style created by "the Beats" remains to this day, and it is found in many forms. From historic churches to swanky (and equally historic) saloons and cafés, Bohemian culture can be found at nearly every corner of this famous San Francisco neighborhood.
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Notes: Parking is really difficult in this neighborhood. You will have your best luck at parking at a metered spot around 5pm. This is a walking neighborhood. MUNI routes: 30 Stockton and 45 Union.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $5-$10
Parking Safety: Somewhat Safe
Notes: Garage and metered parking.
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