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North Beach

Free admission
Columbus Avenue, between Bay Street and Broadway, San Francisco, 94133

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.

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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
star-4.5
$73.60 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great time
We go to SF frequently but have never spent any time in North Beach. The food was fantastic, the church beautiful and a great guide!
Tabatha_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Thanks Cynthia!
rebecca_h, Nov 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Cynthia was a great tour guide! I really enjoyed the places she stopped at and all the great information she shared! I also appreciated that she knew so many of the people from the North Beach neighborhood. Beware- with Cynthia you will be FULL.
star-5
Knowing north beach better.
Susan_B, Aug 2021
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Hard to say just one. All the food was delicious, especially the fettuccini alfredo. Scott was a wealth of local North beach and literary history; so happy we booked this tour.
star-5
A wonderful food experience!
Kimberly_P, Jul 2021
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Our guide Lauren was great. She gave us a lot of historical information about North Beach. She was also very though about the food selections to ensure that we had a well-rounded flavor experience. It was the perfect amount of food, not too much walking (but enough to walk off what we just ate!), and it was timed perfectly. I would highly recommend!
star-5
Walking tour of San Francisco
Evonne_N, Aug 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Enjoyed learning about the history of Chinatown and North Beach. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
star-5
D-licious fun easy going tour!!
Udayan_A, Nov 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Super excellent guide, Brian!! Energetic, knowledgeable, funny & accommodating. We got lucky! Also, delicious food & lots of it!
star-5
A new view of San Francisco.
JoAnne_F, Nov 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
I loved the history that Brian shared with us. I have visited SF multiple times and I had never visited that part of the city. I really enjoyed it.
star-5
Great tour, great...
ANDREA_S, Nov 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Great tour, great experience. Bryan, our tour guide, makes the tour interesting and funny. I learnt a lot about this both town's history. The food portions were big, I didn't expect that! The tea shop was supreme. Definitely would repeat it.
star-5
Chinatown/Alcatraz
Waukisha_S, Nov 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Maggie was an awesome tour guide. She made Chinatown come to life through her stories. Alcatraz was amazing as well....wld be better if we had a life tour guide but the audio was okay
star-4
Worth the money
stanlbutler, Nov 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
The guide was very knowledgeable about the tour. It was great. The only thing that was a bit irritating was if it was a china town tour then why were all the places we were given to eat Italian?
star-5
BOOK IT!
Elizabeth_V, Oct 2021
Curated 4-Course North Beach Culinary Experience
I loved this experience! Wow! The food, stories, and fellow travelers were just wonderful. The ciopinno soup was by far my favorite. The four other guests were just lovely and the walk was more like a stroll, nice and easy. Danielle was our docent and she just rocked. She took care of us which I really enjoyed. I liked not having any responsibility navigating a busy city. Our first progressive dinner and totally not our last! A great value and worth every penny.
star-5
Fun, informative tour, and—oh yes—a tasty one, too!
Kathy_J, Jun 2021
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Our guide, Scott, was terrific. His knowledge of the neighborhood, its history and, of course, its food was awesome. He peppered his narrative with vignettes of the people who made North Beach famous (and occasionally infamous), starting with the Spanish missionaries and the gold rush through the Beat Generation and the more recent past. We loved the food, too, from the sandwiches at Molinaro through the final gelato from Lush. Yum!
star-5
China and Italy in the US!
Felicia_M, Aug 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Cynthia was an excellent guide who provided many interesting facts of both China Town and North Beach! The food in both areas was very good! You need not eat after the tour! Thanks for a great experience!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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