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North Beach

Free admission
Columbus Avenue, between Bay Street and Broadway, San Francisco, 94133

The Basics

North Beach is often included on San Francisco sightseeing tours due to its proximity to major attractions like Lombard Street, Coit Tower, and Pier 39. For a deeper look at the neighborhood, opt for a more specific experience such as a food tour for tastings of pizza and other favorite dishes, a night tour for a look at the bustling bar and club scene, or a history tour to learn about City Lights Bookstore, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation.

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Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
$73.60 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Brian was a great tour guide!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Chinatown. We loved the history we learned from Brian. And the food was delicious. We would definitely do it again!
Denisse_B, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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A great afternoon
Nathalie_B, Nov 2022
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Scott was a great guide for our afternoon in North Beach. It was a wonderful combination of food, history, and Scott’s personal stories, while we walked the neighborhood.
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We had a great time on...
Amy_M, Dec 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
We had a great time on this tour! Even if you are a local, you will still enjoy! We learned a lot about north beach and can’t wait to go back and visit some of the stops.
star-5
Brian was a great tour guide!
Denisse_B, Jan 2023
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Chinatown. We loved the history we learned from Brian. And the food was delicious. We would definitely do it again!
star-5
Great tour
Elena_T, Jan 2023
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Great tour with a great tour guide, Isabella. She had wonderful stories. Food was even better. We were able to see things not usually available because of Chinese new year.
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Great tour!
Wallace_L, Jan 2023
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
The variety and quality of the Italian food was excellent. I enjoyed the history and sights of Little Italy.
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Amazing tour guide. So...
Steve_S, Dec 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
Amazing tour guide. So fun and really knowledgeable. We loved Brian. Great tour guide!!! Great tour!!
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Very well Organized
AFRAH_A, Dec 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
I arrived on time and found my tour guide waiting for me & there were two couples were supposed to join us but they didn’t show up so we’ve decided to go on time. Tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and she helped me out with few recommendations during my stay in San Francisco & we ended up at the Ferry entrance to Alcatraz Jail Island which was amazing and must be visited when in San Francisco 👍🏻
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Great guide, wonderful food and lots of local insights
David_R, Nov 2022
North Beach Food & History Walking Tour - Small Group
Joe was a wonderful guide and extremely knowledgeable. His choice of food venues to stop and sample their bill of fare was spot on, as was his points of interests. We would highly recommend this tour and in particular our great guide Joe.
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Fun tour
lisafarin, Nov 2022
North Beach Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
Great combination of history and tasty bites. We had a good time learning about the history and enjoyed the food
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Super tour!
January_M, Oct 2022
Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown and North Beach Guided Walking Tour
We were so fortunate to be the only tourists for Maggie to entertain! Totally informative and awesome experience! Great tour! Highly recommend!
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The China Town/North...
Shelly_H, Sep 2022
Chinatown and North Beach Walking Tour
The China Town/North Beach tour with Isabella was both tasty and informative. A fun adventure for couples and friends.
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Awesome North Beach
David_K, Oct 2022
Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour in San Francisco
Our guide Isabella was awesome and we had a great afternoon with her enjoying the history and food that makes north beach and San Francisco so special. Highly recommend.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • North Beach is essential for history buffs, literature lovers, and club-goers visiting San Francisco.

  • Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare, which runs diagonally across the grid of other streets.

  • Bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated between Powell Street, Filbert Street, Green Street, and Pacific Avenue.

  • If you’re visiting North Beach with children, note that a small section of Broadway is home to strip clubs.

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How to Get There

North Beach is easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Powell-Mason cable car or MUNI buses 41 or 45. If driving, metered and free street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.

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When to Get There

Enjoy North Beach’s best atmosphere in the evening, when sidewalk cafés and restaurants are full and people are out strolling. The North Beach Festival, which takes place every June, features a variety of food stands and merchants selling art and jewelry.

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Saints Peter and Paul Church

On the northern side of Washington Square stands Saints Peter and Paul Church, a Roman Catholic church that dates back to 1924. Its cathedral-like white facade with twin spires has been featured in movies such as Dirty Harry and San Andreas, and is a popular photo op with the green space of the park. In fact, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio took their wedding pics on the church’s steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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