Explore the many sides of North Beach on a 1.5-hour walking tour that hits up both its popular destinations and the unknown local spots. This is a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also remains beloved by San Franciscans.
What to Expect
See the highlights of the North Beach neighborhood on a 1.5-hour tour of this San Francisco district. Today, North Beach is best known as the city's Little Italy and is full of checker-clothed restaurants, traditional cafes, and Old World delicatessens.
North Beach is also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat movement seeking the hallowed haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg. However, North Beach is no relic, and it has much to offer beyond pasta and poetry.
Let the past come alive as your guide takes you back in time with colorful stories. Small boutiques carrying handmade clothing and imported goods dot the streets, while Italian restaurants dominate the dining scene. Aside from the usual pizza and pasta, there are places with menus featuring Japanese, French, Basque, and contemporary fusion cuisine.
City Lights is still one of the best bookstores in San Francisco, and founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti can sometimes be seen strolling the neighborhood. Then there's Broadway, buzzing with neon and strip clubs, adding an incongruous dash of sleaze to all the culture and history. Some of the most fun and historic bars in the world are in this neighborhood.
See the neighborhood sights including Washington Square and St. Francis of Assisi Church. Pass by Janis Joplin's Grant Avenue and Carol Doda's Condor Club, and see where Barbra Streisand, Lenny Bruce, Bill Cosby, and Phyllis Diller got their starts. This fascinating tour will be sure to keep you spellbound by stories of San Francisco's most colorful characters.
- 1.5-hour walking tour
- Entertaining, friendly, and knowledgeable guides
Northeast corner of Clay Street and Montgomery Street, near the Transamerica Pyramid
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Know Before You Go
• Meet at the northeast corner of Clay Street and Montgomery Street at the Transamerica Pyramid
• Tour runs rain or shine