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North Beach Tours & Tickets

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North Beach
Despite its name, San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood does not border the water and has no sandy spots. But its position between Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero makes it one of the city’s most popular areas for visitors and locals, all of whom enjoy its Italian eateries, Beat history, quiet park, and nightlife scene.
 
The Basics
North Beach is often included on San Francisco sightseeing tours due to its proximity to major attractions like Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and Pier 39. For a deeper look at the neighborhood, opt for a more specific experience such as a food tour for tastings of pizza and other favorite dishes, a night tour for a look at the bustling bar and club scene, or a history tour to learn about City Lights Bookstore, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • North Beach is essential for history buffs, literature lovers, and club-goers visiting San Francisco. 
  • Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare, which runs diagonally across the grid of other streets.
  • Bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated between Powell Street, Filbert Street, Green Street, and Pacific Avenue.
  • If you’re visiting North Beach with children, note that a small section of Broadway is home to strip clubs.

How to Get There
North Beach is easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Powell-Mason cable car or MUNI buses 41 or 45. If driving, metered and free street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.
 
When to Get There
Enjoy North Beach’s best atmosphere in the evening, when sidewalk cafés and restaurants are full and people are out strolling. The North Beach Festival, which takes place every June, features a variety of food stands and merchants selling art and jewelry.
 
Saints Peter and Paul Church
On the northern side of Washington Square stands Saints Peter and Paul Church, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to 1924. Its cathedral-like white facade with twin spires has been featured in movies such as Dirty Harry and San Andreas, and is a popular photo op with the green space of the park. In fact, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics on the church’s steps.
Address: Columbus Avenue, between Bay Street and Broadway, San Francisco 94133, USA
Admission: Free
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74 Tours and Activities to Experience North Beach

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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour

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If you fancy yourself a foodie or culture enthusiast, don’t miss this walking tour of San Francisco’s Little Italy—the neighborhood of North Beach. Voted one of the 15 best foodie tours in the USA by U.S. News, join an insider guide and experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made. Soak up the lively atmosphere of one of the city’s most popular districts as you learn about its cafes and bakeries and see landmarks like Saints Peter and Paul Church.
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  • 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

North Beach Culinary Experience (with optional Alcohol Pairing)

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Experience this Italian-influenced North Beach neighborhood a four-course progressive dining experience. With an intimate group of 12 people or less, follow your food-loving guide to many of the neighborhood's iconic restaurants starting with appetizers followed by an entree and finishing with dessert - all while exploring the neighborhood through your belly and your eyes. Enjoy experience-enhancing alcohol pairings (if alcohol-pairing option is selected) while tasting fare at some of the most popular spots as well as some hidden gems. Tastings may be selected from wood-oven pizza, to arancini, to cioppino (a seafood stew invented by San Francisco’s Italian fisherman), to handmade traditional cannoli, to California gelato. Hear gourmet gossip about some of the establishments' owners and learn about North Beach's history, from the Gold Rush to modern day.
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  • 3 hours
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$144.00
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Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour

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Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods, by night on this food and walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee, and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide. Samples make up enough for a meal so come hungry!
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  • 3 hours
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking Tour

San Francisco Grand City Tour Including Free Walking Tour

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Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

San Francisco Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 hours Laugh, Learn & Ride

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Castro, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Twin Peaks, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 10 hours
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San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour

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With its iconic hills, architecture, bridge and bay, it’s no wonder so many movies have been filmed in San Francisco. See filming locations from more than 55 productions—from blockbusters like ‘San Andreas’ to family favorites like ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’—on this movie sites tour from Fisherman’s Wharf. Watch clips on the tour bus as you pass by the real locations with an informative actor-turned-guide who shares stories about the city and cinema history.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.00
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
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  • 3 hours
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour

Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour

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The Sonoma Valley is one of California’s oldest and most renowned wine regions. On this full-day tour, travel around the Sonoma Valley in a Vintage VW bus and visit award-winning wineries. Learn all about the winemaking process as you tour a wine cave, sample a variety of Californian wines during guided wine tastings, and tuck into a gourmet Italian-style lunch at a winery restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

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Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day tour takes you to numerous parts of the city for the perfect overview. Enjoy fascinating facts provided by your guide's live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at some of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
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  • 4 hours
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San Francisco City Tour with Official Alcatraz Tour

San Francisco City Tour with Official Alcatraz Tour

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Enjoy San Francisco’s main highlights without worrying about the logistics on this 2-for-1 tour. Start your day at one of the most notorious prisons, Alcatraz, and take a self-guided audio tour. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of city neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.
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  • 5 hours
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Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

Small Group San Francisco Half-Day City Tour

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Being a tourist can be exhausting. Throw in some of San Francisco's infamous hills, constant consultation of guide books, and the lure of tourist traps, and you might want to return to your lodgings in haste. However, this San Francisco sightseeing experience includes a hotel pickup and a coach tour that allows the city to unfold before you from atop your air-conditioned perch. It's a great way to keep your eyes on the real jewels of the city by the bay.
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Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

Night Tour: Happy Hour History of SF

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
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Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

Vantigo San Francisco City Tour

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Step aboard a vintage Volkswagen bus for a San Francisco city tour. Travel down streets a typical tour bus can't access while your guide fills you in on the history of the City by the Bay, from the Gold Rush to Silicon Valley. Get views of landmarks such as Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies as you travel through distinct city districts.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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  • 1 day
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

San Francisco Private Love Tour

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If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.00
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Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

Make the Most of SF in One Day: Small Group Walking Tour

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Get to know San Francisco a little better on this full day tour of the city. This tour is well-suited to travelers who want to get the lay of the land before digging deeper: with your guide by your side, spinning stories and letting you know all about the history of the city, tour neighborhoods, stop at famous landmarks and enjoy pristine photo opportunities of highlights like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge and the sea lion hangout at Pier 39.
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Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

Custom Private Tour in Convertible MINI Cooper

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You're in a special city. Why take an ordinary tour? This is the ONLY convertible MINI Cooper tour in the country! This tour is totally customizable – you choose the length of the tour, what time you want to be picked up, and what you want to see. I love San Francisco and have spent 20 years studying and exploring the city. I’ll work with you to plan your tour so you can see the famous sites and the hidden gems other tours can't go to or don't know about. I’ve designed this to be the type of tour I would take if I visited San Francisco, but where you go is up to you. I make suggestions along the way, but how long you spend at any site is up to you. You're never rushed, and never have to wait for other people. It's all about you! Plus, it's fun! In the convertible MINI Cooper, you see everything up close and personal as we drive along. I love showing guests San Francisco, and talking about the history and culture of this unique and special city.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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San Francisco City Tour - 8 hr Private Tour

San Francisco City Tour - 8 hr Private Tour

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Enjoy the ability to customize your tour of San Francisco on this full-day private excursion. The city has so much to offer, it’s tough to decide what you want to see, and even tougher to squeeze it into one day. Traveling with a private guide means you can move efficiently around the city and focus on what you’d like to see; your itinerary can be completely customized according to your interests. Stops can include Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Haight/Ashbury, a Golden Gate Bridge crossing, Sausalito, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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