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North BeachSan Francisco

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.

Top Hotels in North Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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 CA $233 per night

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! (2,362 reviews)

"They have FREE bike rentals for guests, their restaurant, the Brick and Beam was so cool and delicious. It so close to everything, including the cable car!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 11, 2020

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
San Remo Hotel
San Remo Hotel
2 out of 5
2237 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $199 per night

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pier 39 and Coit Tower. Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz Island are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,079 reviews)

"Very unique place and super friendly and helpful staff. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

San Remo Hotel
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
3.5 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $233 per night

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! (143 reviews)

"Staff was very friendly. Location was excellent, easy walk to Fisherman's Wharf. There were 2 problems with the description in the Expedia booking. It was stated that breakfast was to be included but breakfast was for purchase only also we were booked for a king bed with a port view, there was no ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $316 per night

This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (7,528 reviews)

"The view is great,, the room was also beautiful and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is CA $196 per night

Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of USS Pampanito and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also within 15 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (5,363 reviews)

"The room was spacious and extremely comfortable,the view beautiful Only disappointment was to have a shower and no tub"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $192 per night

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (5,996 reviews)

"The hotel Riu was very nice very clean the room was beautiful and very Martin the lobby was very nice the food was very good"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 1, 2020

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf

Popular places to visit in North Beach

Pier 39
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Pier 39

4.5/5(778 reviews)

This waterfront attraction offers thrilling rides, innovative street performers and colorful souvenir shops, but it’s the sea lions that win the day. 

Exploratorium
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Exploratorium

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Use all your senses as you explore science through dozens of interactive exhibits at San Francisco’s famous museum on Pier 15.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

4/5(1 review)

Step aboard century-old ships, watch boat builders at work, browse exhibits about U.S. maritime heritage and enjoy scenic picnics at this historic waterfront district.

Top things to do in North Beach

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
CA $77
Per adult
Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off
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Alcatraz Ticket with Roundtrip Ferry & Hop-On Hop-Off

84% of travellers recommend
CA $209
Per adult
Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island
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Escape From the Rock - Cruise Around Alcatraz Island

78% of travellers recommend
CA $59
Per adult
Napa And Sonoma Combo Wine Tour with Castello Di Amorosa
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Napa And Sonoma Combo Wine Tour with Castello Di Amorosa

92% of travellers recommend
CA $174
Per adult
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Cookie Factory
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Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Cookie Factory

86% of travellers recommend
CA $138
Per adult
2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
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2-Day, 2-Tour Alcatraz & Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

94% of travellers recommend
CA $147
Per adult

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Fisherman\'s Wharf showing a city and a marina

Fisherman's Wharf

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Ghirardelli Square and Pier 39 are top sights in Fisherman's Wharf, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Jones St and Beach St Stop or Jefferson St & Taylor St Stop to see more sights in the area.

Fisherman's Wharf
Chinatown showing street scenes

Chinatown

4/5Very Good!(26 area reviews)

Norras Temple and Tin How Temple are top sights in Chinatown, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Powell St & Clay St Stop or Powell St & Jackson St Stop to see more sights in the area.

Chinatown
Nob Hill featuring street scenes and a city

Nob Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(124 area reviews)

Travelers love Nob Hill for its popular shops, and you can see more of San Francisco by jumping on the metro at Washington St & Leavenworth St Stop or Washington St & Jones St Stop. You might spend time checking out top sights like Van Ness Avenue and Grace Cathedral.

Nob Hill
Financial District - Ferry Building

Financial District

4.5/5Wonderful!(76 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Financial District. Embarcadero Center is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at California St & Battery St Stop or Market St & Battery St Stop to see more of San Francisco.

Financial District
Union Square featuring a city and a skyscraper

Union Square

4/5Very Good!(525 area reviews)

Known for its charming cafés and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Union Square. Check out top attractions like SHN Curran Theatre and Westfield San Francisco Centre, and jump on the metro at Powell St & Geary Blvd Stop or Powell St & Post St Stop to see more of the city.

Union Square
Marina District which includes heritage architecture as well as a small group of people

Marina District

4/5Very Good!(111 area reviews)

The beautiful waterfront views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Marina District. Make a stop by Palace of Fine Arts or Fort Mason while you're exploring the area.

Marina District