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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 in San Francisco
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
$73.60 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great history & food
This was the second time I’ve done this tour with a work group and it was just as fun as I remembered! I booked this for coworkers who were visiting and we loved learning more about North Beach (there’s still plenty for locals to learn) and tried some excellent food spots 😋 Shout out to our guide Lauren for the excellent tour!
Kinsey_H, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-4
Love the area an the foodb
Lynn_B, Aug 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
We enjoyed learning more about North Beach. History of the area. The Pizza at the last restaurant starts with an M (sorry I didn’t save the name), was amazing! The group was a bit disjointed but not possible to put “great groups” together.
star-5
Exceeds expectations!
Mary_S, Aug 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Brian was fantastic! We did the SF food tour Chinatown and North Beach. Great group of people, learned a lot, and ate alllllll the fantastic food!
star-5
Nice tour
Kathy_F, Aug 2022
North Beach Food & History Walking Tour - Small Group
Joseph was very knowledgeable about San Francisco history. He was also friendly and easy to talk to. We had a nice time.
star-5
A Taste Of Italy In Our Backyard
Ron_L, Aug 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
Our guide, Brian was a local San Franciscan that was able to perfectly integrate local history along the tour. Food was delicious and plentiful.
star-4
lots of history
Gary_N, Aug 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
we both wanted to see Alcatraz and got to, learning of the fire was cool, and how they reclaimed the brick. Seeing the different spots in China town then returning to them later to shop was very enlightening fulfilling and worth the walk. Yes we would do this at a later date if we return to S/F.
star-5
Uncle
David_G, Jul 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Uncle at the tea shop- we will never forget him! No spoilers, but you won’t guess his age. He is all personally!
star-5
Really fun tour
Kirsten_E, Jul 2022
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Scott was an incredible guide. We live locally and really enjoyed his knowledge and gift for storytelling. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Must Do Tour
Liza_G, Jul 2022
North Beach Food & History Walking Tour - Small Group
Joseph was very knowledgeable and friendly. Provided a lot of information about the area and history of San Francisco. Tour included several stops for great authentic Italian food.
star-5
Solo fun
Karis_B, Jul 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Lauren, our tour guide was great! She was very knowledgeable of the history of Chinatown and North Beach. Everything we sampled was well made. ( The Bao buns and fudge squares we had were especially delicous! )Lauren was very clearly passionate about sharing Chinatown and North Beach foods and culture with us.
star-5
Great day in Chinatown/Alcatraz.
Shelyn_P, Jul 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
Maggie was a great tour guide. Knowledgeable and so pleasant. 5 stars. Alcatraz tickets were not until 3:20 which made for a long day but Maggie kept us entertained until boarding.
star-5
Fun way to explore!
Dan_T, Jul 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
This was a great way to explore the North Beach/Little Italy neighborhood! We had fun exploring the area and meeting other travelers.
star-5
Molto Bene!
Ron_L, Aug 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
Both our guide, Brian and the food was incredible! Brian is a native San Franciscan and seemed to be on a first name basis with all of the restaurants we visited. He was great about explaining the Italian history while including a local flair.
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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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An Exploratorium Exhibit Developer's Guide to San Francisco

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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