Delight in the charming "Little Italy" neighborhood of San Francisco known as North Beach. Savor a great meal in an authentic Italian restaurant, relax with a cappuccino in a cozy café, and soak up the sun in Washington Square Park. You can learn about the history of North Beach by taking one of several informative walking tours. There are also many unique boutiques, beautiful churches, and several entertainment options, such as the long-running musical/variety show, "Beach Blanket Babylon."
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Italian Heritage Parade
North Beach Festival
First Fridays Art Crawl
Get a real feel for North Beach by taking one of two walking tours offered by Genius Loci, a specialty tours company. One focuses on the literary and art world and the other is an historic look at the Italians who came to San Francisco and created “Little Italy.” Reservations are required and can be made at http://www.geniuslocitours.com
If you like to eat, you’ve come to the right neighborhood. North Beach overflows with terrific Italian restaurants, including Rose Pistola, Sodini’s, Trattoria Contadina, North Beach Restaurant, Calzone’s, and The Stinking Rose. As for drinking, you can sit down with a cappuccino or a glass of vino at several cafés, including Caffe Roma, Caffe Trieste, Caffe Greco, Café Divine, and Café Maria.
Is there any entertainment in North Beach?
One of the most popular shows in San Francisco is “Beach Blanket Babylon.” This wacky musical/variety show has been running for more than 30 years. It features hilarious send-ups of show business and political personalities along with outrageous costumes. In addition, Bimbo’s 365 Club boasts a wide range of musical acts.