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Better known as Little Italy, this neighborhood was once a hotspot for counterculture and features an array of bars, jazz clubs, galleries and cafés.

North Beach is known for its Italian heritage and bohemian culture. Shop for fine cheeses and meats in old-world delicatessens and dine in traditional Italian restaurants with red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Seek out the haunts of famous Beat Generation writers and poets, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Though its rich counterculture history attracts a lot of tourists to the district, North Beach remains a much-loved destination for locals too. The lively neighborhood has a high concentration of bars and nightclubs. Listen to live music in a jazz venue or chat with friends in a cozy wine bar. The area is also full of independent clothing boutiques and bookstores, making it a popular alternative shopping destination.

Book a walking tour of North Beach to discover some of the city’s finest local food. Find out how coffee is roasted and visit a deli that’s been operating since the late 19th century. Some of the best Italian restaurants and cafés in San Francisco can be found in North Beach.

Relax in Washington Square, a historic park in North Beach surrounded by sidewalk cafés and restaurants. This beautiful park also hosts movie nights and special events throughout the year. Bordering the park to the north is the Sts. Peter and Paul Church. This beautiful twin-spire cathedral was completed in the early 20th century.

The 210-foot (64-meter) tall Coit Tower stands in Pioneer Park east of Washington Square. Purchase tickets from the tower’s gift shop and ascend to the observation deck for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and bay. Spot the Golden Gate Bridge and other San Francisco landmarks.

North Beach is north of San Francisco’s Financial District, about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from San Francisco International Airport. Street parking can be scarce in this area so use available parking lots or travel here by bus instead.

Spend a day exploring North Beach’s excellent bars, restaurants and cafés while learning about the area’s significant Italian and literary history.


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Top Hotels in North Beach

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,032 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,173 reviews)

"Love the friendliness of the staff. How close it was to everything"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,310 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, and Van Ness Avenue. Pier 39 and Fort Mason are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"The staff is friendly and helpful.... hotel is in a great spot within 10 mins of all the sight seeing spots lol... but the room was clean and comfortable... we ended up adding more days to our stay and upgraded our room to have a balcony which was a great move. Very satisfied with our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

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Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,866 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Van Ness ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,150 reviews)

"It was a great hotel. I enjoyed my stay over-there. The staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/22

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Wharf Inn
Wharf Inn
2.5 out of 5
2601 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$2,766 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also ...

3.5/5Good! (985 reviews)

"Close to area attractions. Very convenient for us we walked everywhere."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

Wharf Inn
Columbus Motor Inn
Columbus Motor Inn
2.5 out of 5
1075 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,718 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lombard Street and Ghirardelli Square. Pier 39 and Van Ness Avenue are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (736 reviews)

"Great service by the guy in front, found parking right away. Overall great stay"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/15

Columbus Motor Inn
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
3.5 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
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This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"Hotel is in a very safe location, 2min walk to fisherman’s warf. Staff is very friendly, beds are soo comfortable and room and bathroom is spotless! My only complaint is there isn’t a mini fridge in the room which is pretty standard for most hotels. Plan to be charged $100 a night for ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/21

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
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