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Little Italy

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: San Francisco, CA

Section of the North Beach neighborhood with plenty of Italian restaurants...

Section of the North Beach neighborhood with plenty of Italian restaurants and businesses.

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Drop by on a way to Coit tower

When heading to Telegraph Hill's Coit tower you're about to pass Little Italy neighborhood. Park somewhere and walk around. You'll be rewarded with fantastic downtown views... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2017
Belgrade, Serbia
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This area smells amazing! They have so many restaurants in this area, from casual to fine dining there is something for everyone here. And of course a lot of Italian food with seafood. There are a lot of people in this area too, especially at night. But all this makes for great people watching. Truly a must visit when in... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We head over to the Italian district in north beach periodically from our neighborhood which is more central. it's gritty, eclectic, and fun. We enjoy picking up a slice of pizza and sit at Washington Square Park. There are some good italian restaurants. It's always a fun walk there from Powell Street station/Union Square via Chinatown.

Thank Steven C
Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

When heading to Telegraph Hill's Coit tower you're about to pass Little Italy neighborhood. Park somewhere and walk around. You'll be rewarded with fantastic downtown views (specially the Pyramid), with bunch of restaurants and nice parks and St.Peter and Paul's.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Even with all the all the hills, ups and downs at every turn, San Francisco is very walkable and Little Italy is worth the walk. Walk there. Walk through it. Most importantly, stop and eat. There are so many choices for food of any kind from sweats, to bars, to great Italian dinners if you miss this on your visit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

By visited Little Italy several times and ate at Mona Lisa's for lunch. We had the La Voce del Mare, Linguini, scallops, shrimps, prawns, mussels, calamari, calamari tentacles, crab legs, clams in marinara sauce. It was a little pricey but delicioso! So we were glad we tried it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Blondina our tour guide was very knowledgable of the area being a local resident. The food on this tour was delectable. Blondina took us to a local artist studio where we were able to make our own coin. This is a great momento of our trip. This was a first for this Aussie.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

The neighborhood be dying as the Italian stuff goes under and Chinatown spreads like mold after a hurricane. Mostly a few dusty icons remain.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Little Italy has great smells and sounds when it comes to the variety of restaurants on every street. A must see for a food enthusiast.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Little Italy is all about the restaurants. And there are many. It's better than Chinatown in this regard. And not too expensive either. And the Coit Tower is nearby.

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

North Beach/Little Italy is one of those irresistible areas of the City, with the exquisite Sts. Peter & Paul Church on Washington Square Park, Coit Tower, St. Francis National Shrine, Beach Blanket Babylon, Mara's Italian Bakery, Mario's Cigar Store Café, and all the different Italian restaurants. One of my favorite places on earth.

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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