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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
Lauren was friendly and did a nice jog. We enjoyed our tour.
Learning more about the history of North Beach and the Sicilian pizza. We enjoyed all the food stops.
Susan_A, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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
Great time
Tabatha_S, Nov 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
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!
star-5
Come hungry leave happy!
Heidi_S, Jan 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Wow! Not only did we learn so much history, but we got so much food! It was absolutely amazing and more than I had expected (which, as a foodie is a huge positive!) The tour guide was amazing and so was "Uncle" at the Vital Tea Leaf! Absolutely wonderful tour and I would do it again! FYI, it does go longer than the mentioned time frame so be prepared to spend 4.5 hours learning and eating!
star-5
We had an awesome tour...
Keri_H, Jan 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
We had an awesome tour with Brian; he was so knowledgeable about San Fran food and landmarks. Lots of fun and laughs!
star-5
Worth it. Add it to your bucket list
Rekha_V, Jan 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
Guide Brian was great. I plan to give a gift of this experience to my adult kids and friends. Come with an empty stomach. A feast for your palette.
star-5
Come hungry!
Jean_A, Dec 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
We had an excellent tour. The guide really took his time to wander with us and explain the area. So much food too so make sure you come hungry!
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
Thanks Cynthia!
rebecca_h, Nov 2021
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
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
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?
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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 tour, enjoy the food.
Romeo_A, Dec 2021
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Loved the tea tasting and learned a lot of fun facts during the tour. The treats were a big plus. Cynthia our guide was great!

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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