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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
Must see. Don't eat ahead of time.
This was one of the best tours we have ever been on. Cynthia, our tour guide, was beyond knowledgeable about the area. Her little nuggets of history and familiarity with all of the local restaurant/store owners made the tour seem personalized for us. Highly recommend.
Kim_K, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Knowing north beach better.
Susan_S, 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
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
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
Great walking food tour of SF
Douglas_S, Oct 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Great overall tour with a good variety of food choices with 2 "large" meals sandwiched with some unique offerings in-between of Tea Room to Italian Deli sampling. Tour operator provided historical aspects along the way that were informative.
star-5
Brian was entertaining...
William_K, Oct 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Brian was entertaining and knowledgeable. The sample sizes were very generous. We were amazed at not only the number of samples but the variety. Definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Brian was very...
Linda_V, Oct 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Brian was very knowledgeable, could tell he loved San Francisco. The food was plentiful and all yummy. Totally loved the tea experience as the owner was hilarious and made the walking tour even more enjoyable.
star-5
Little Italy tour
Ana_R, Oct 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Brian is great and we loved his sense of humor and his passion for this city. Highly enjoyed this adventure. Thanks !
star-5
China and Italy in the US!
Venezua, 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!
star-5
Super
Stacey_W, Sep 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Maggie the tour guide was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and very detailed. She is very personable and i hope to see her again.
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-4
Alcatraz & Chinatown
Evett_B, Aug 2021
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Alcatraz is an amazing place to visit. Chinatown history was very interesting and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. There is a lot of walking though. Comfortable shoes are a must.
star-5
Great tour
chris_e, Jul 2021
San Francisco Craft Beer Walking Tour in Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach
Great tour with good beer and great people! Mike was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I highly recommend!

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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