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North Beach

Things to Do in North Beach SF

Known as San Francisco's Little Italy, North Beach is a vibrant area with some of the city's best food and sightseeing. The aroma of espresso and fresh pasta wafts through the air of this gem of a neighborhood that's less than two miles from Hotel Nikko.
Discover the many restaurants, cafes, and pizza joints along Columbus Avenue and on the inviting side streets. Stop at quaint shops along the way and a slide of famous North Beach pizza. Check out vibrant bars and lounges, as well as famous sights like Washington Square Park, and Saints Peter and Paul Church, where Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe in 1954.


Varies by shop and restaurant.


Varies by shop and restaurant.


  • North Beach Festival
  • Italian Heritage Parade
  • First Fridays Art Crawl


  • Dining
  • Cafes
  • Art Galleries
  • Shopping
  • Walking Tours
  • Churches


  • What shops will I find in North Beach?
    You'll discover some of the most unique boutique shops when you stroll around Columbus and Grant Avenues in this ultra-cool San Francisco neighborhood. Delight in hip clothing and accessories galore at A-B Fits, Little Vine, Abitare, Park and Pond, Al's Attire, Buyer's Best Friend, and Lola of North Beach. And if you're into antiques, you'll want to make sure you stop into Aria Antiques.
  • Where is the best dining in North Beach?
    You'll find  classic Italian at many North Beach restaurants whose menu items range from cioppino and lasagna to chicken picatta. E Tutto Qua will dazzle you with its gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce and pappardelle with lamb. And Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant will knock your culinary socks off with its tortellini carbonara and seafood linguini. Check out popular dining spots like Caffe Roma, Caffe Greco, and Caffe Trieste.

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