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North Beach

North Beach
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Type of Attraction
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Local Culture, History, Culinary Arts, Art, Shopping, Photography
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required
Notes: Accessibility varies by location in North Beach.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
Notes: Most restrooms are located in shops and restaurants.
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North Beach

Neighborhood of the Beats

Must See

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.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 24 hrs
Notes: Individual business hours vary in North Beach.
Visit Time: 1.5hr-Half day(4hr)
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with some covering. Notes: There is both indoor and outdoor exposure.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Taxi Walking
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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