North Beach doesn’t have an actual beach. It does, however, have a vibrant and strong Italian-American community that for generations has seeded the neighborhood with fantastic restaurants and cafes.
On the east side of Washington Square, vintage wooden houses climb Telegraph Hill, crowned by Coit Tower. Built in the 1930s, it’s decorated inside with murals depicting scenes from California’s history.
Grant Ave. is rich with one-of-a-kind shops, while Broadway is lined with music clubs, restaurants and bars. The beat generation is showcased in City Lights bookstore on Columbus Ave.
Look up to see “Language of the Birds” at Broadway and Columbus Ave. These illuminated books flying overhead are a permanent public art installation by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn.
Get an award-winning pizza at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana or tuck into Café Zoetrope for a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Original Joe’s is a neighborhood staple that’s been serving San Francisco for more than 100 years. To get a guided taste of the neighborhood, try Local Tastes of the City Tours.