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Top 10 Fun Things To Do
in North Beach

North Beach — Little Italy
San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood is also known as "Little Italy."  Filled with cozy Italian restaurants, outdoor cafés and coffee houses, unique shops, bustling Broadway nightclubs and bars, it's no wonder that North Beach is one of the city's most popular hangouts — and a great place for people-watching! Every Summer, locals and visitors alike come to the North Beach Festival  — one of San Francisco's oldest Italian street fairs.

We've put together a Top 10 list of Fun Things To Do when visiting North Beach.

1. North Beach Restaurants,
Outdoor Cafés & Coffee Houses

North Beach is one of our favorite San Francisco hang-outs, especially at night. We love dining here, particularly when entertaining family, friends, out-of-town guests and business associates.
North Beach offers fun little restaurant with al fresco dining — great for people-watching!

Our favorite North Beach
Restaurants and Cafes



2. Saints Peter & Paul Church
Visit Saints Peter & Paul Church — a historic landmark that dates back to 1884. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio had their wedding pictures taken here after their City Hall wedding. The church is located at Washington Square Park.

3. Washington Square Park
This tranquil grassy park is located in Washington Square, in the heart of North Beach. The park, lined with Italian restaurants and coffee houses, is frequented by tourists and locals alike — it's a fun place to hang-out, relax, and people-watch. It's filled with people during the annual North Beach Festival.

Fun San Francisco Walking Tours,
including "Little Italy and North Beach
Walking Tours"


4. Coit Tower
and Observation Deck

Coit Tower sits atop Telegraph Hill in the heart of San Francisco, near North Beach. The 210-ft. tower offers magnificent views of the city from its Observation Deck.

Coit Tower Murals, protected as a historical treasure, can be viewed inside the first floor of Coit Tower — the murals depict working life in 1930s California.



5. City Lights Book Store
Co-founded by poet/painter Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953, City Lights is a landmark independent bookstore and publisher that specializes in World Literature, the Arts, and Progressive Politics. City Lights is located at 261 Columbus Avenue.


Fun San Francisco Walking Tours, including "Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour" and Chinatown Walking Tours


6. Beach Blanket Babylon
Beach Blanket Babylon is a "must-see" San Francisco Musical Extravaganza. It's the longest-running, biggest Hit Musical Review in theater history. And when you see it, you'll know why — it's one-of a-kind and you'll talk about this show for years!

7. The Beat Museum
The Beat Museum is a great place to find out everything you always wanted to know about the Beat Generation, Beatniks, Hipsters and Hippies — and the era that changed the world.

8. Broadway Nightclubs & Bars
and Adult Entertainment
Broadway, a popular San Francisco hot spot, features a variety of Nightclubs, Restaurants and Bars. Famous for it's adult entertainment in the 60's, Broadway still boasts a thriving nightlife. The action starts after 10pm at most of these Hot Clubs. Expect long lines, especially on weekends.

Check out the adult shops along Broadway — it's a fun place for window-shopping...or to pick up those "hard-to-find" personal items :)

Ladies-Only Tours of North Beach Gentlemen's Clubs

Couples Tours of North Beach Gentlemen's Clubs

9. Molinari Delicatessen
373 Columbus Avenue
415-421-2337


This popular Italian North Beach Deli — a San Francisco institution — has been around "forever." Stop by and pick up a gourmet made-to-order focaccia sandwich or picnic lunch-to-go and — the deli carries a fantastic selection of imported cheeses, meats (wonderful prosciutto and salami), fine wines and more... The place is always crowded, but it's worth the wait :)

10. Cobb's Comedy Club
For over 20 years, Cobb's Comedy Club has been one of the top clubs in the country for stand-up comedy. Catch one of these fun Comedy Shows during your next visit to San Francisco. Cobb's Comedy Club is located at 915 Columbus Avenue, just north of Lombard street.

 

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Calzone's Restaurant in North Beach, San Francisco

Tony's Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, SF - their pizzas are incredible!

Beach Blanket Babylon Show, San Francisco

People sitting out at Washington Square Park, enjoying the North Beach Festival, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Saints Peter & Paul Church, Washington Square in North Beach, San Francisco, California

Coit Tower and Coit Tower Observation Deck in San Francisco, CA

Taking pictures of San Francisco from Coit Tower's Observation Deck - San Francisco, CA

The Beat Museum, North Beach, San Francisco, CA

The Beat Museum on Broadway in San Francisco, CA

Broadway Nightclubs and Bars, Broadway, San Francisco

Broadway Nightclubs and Bars, Broadway, San Francisco

Lorraine, Suzanne, Alana, Claire and Janine celebrating a "Girls Nite Out" on Broadway, in San Francisco, California

Broadway Adult Entertainment and adult shops, Broadway, San Francisco, California

Cobb's Comedy Club, North Beach, San Francisco, Calfiornia

Inside Cobb's Comedy Club, North Beach, San Francisco


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