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North Beach
What it is:
Once an Italian immigrant neighborhood, North Beach is still steeped in Italian flavors: old-world bakeries, espresso joints, and pizzerias dot the streets and perfume the air. Joe DiMaggio grew up here and is said to have learned baseball hitting with a broken oar. Narrow streets, eccentric restaurants, and a leafy park lend this neighborhood an enduring charm. In the 1950s North Beach captured the nation’s attention as the center of beat culture: writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg made this area their home; poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded the renown City Lights Bookstore here in 1953.

Location:
North Beach is sandwiched between Chinatown and Telegraph Hill in the northeast corner of the city.

What to Do:
A great strolling neighborhood, North Beach is ideal for snacking, shopping, and sightseeing. Check out the Top 9 Things to do in North Beach.

When to Go:
Sunny afternoons are made for North Beach, when you can linger over coffee at a sidewalk café or on a bench in Washington Square park. Weekend nights are crowded with tourists who flock to the area’s (mostly overrated) restaurants and nearby strip clubs.

Getting There:
Take the #30 Stockton or #15 Third St. bus or the Powell Mason Cable Car line.
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