Guide to North Beach/Telegraph Hill

Things to Do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill

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North Beach is almost a city within a city. There's the historic Italian charm (and numerous restaurants), a lively bar and nightclub scene, several landmarks from the beat generation and a row of strip clubs that somehow maintains a higher level of class than other cities.

Meander through the narrow streets off the central Columbus corridor and see why this is San Francisco's "Little Italy." Like its Italian heritage, this San Francisco neighborhood still holds onto its 1950s Beatnik legacy with the bohemian City Lights Bookstore at the corner of Columbus Ave. and Jack Kerouac Alley.

At the opposite end of the neighborhood sits one of San Francisco's grand cathedrals, Saints Peter and Paul Church, where Joe DiMaggio once served as an alter boy. The neighborhood is also home to Coit Tower and the Saloon, San Francisco's oldest bar.

Pizza fans won't want to miss the world-famous pies from Tony's Pizza Napoletana, while Original Joe's offers old-school charm with a hearty meal and a martini. Diners can find a more adult-oriented fare with the full menu from the award-winning team at Penthouse Club, and one of the best cocktail bars in San Francisco is right down the street at the Comstock Saloon.

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Arts & Entertainment Venues

Bimbo's 365 Club

1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

It specializes in live rock and jazz shows. The location is one of San Francisco's oldest nightclub sites.

Economy Hotels

Europa Hotel

310 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133


The Beat Museum

540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

The Beat Museum was created to celebrate the spirit of The Beat Generation which is Tolerance, Compassion and having the courage to live your own individual Truth. We're located in the heart of North Beach in San Francisco, CA.



1337 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

1337 grant St. The Soul of North Beach. Casual dining, soul food, nightly live music, and great drinks!

Economy Hotels

San Remo Hotel

2237 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133


Columbus Cafe

562 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Happy hour can’t be beat with 2for1 drink specials and redeemable tokens for draft beer. Work up your thirst with our jukebox, pool, Wii, and dice. Happy hour is from 4pm-8pm everyday and Fernet shots are always $3.00.

Inns / B&Bs

The Washington Square Inn

1660 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133


Hotel Boheme

444 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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