There is always a lot to do in North Beach, SF. If you are visiting the area and are looking for tours and activities, we have put together a short list of a few must-see places. While you are on a day tour around North Beach, be sure to check out these places!
Visit the Beat Museum – Located near the intersection of Broadway and Romolo Place, The iconic Beat Museum preserves the memory of the Beat Generation; an influential group in San Francisco’s history. With both permanent and traveling exhibits, the museum includes manuscripts, books, and even rare artifacts such as Allen Ginsberg’s typewriter and memorabilia from Jack Kerouac’s funeral. It’s absolutely fascinating to look at how the city has helped shape the impactful artistic movement. I highly recommend visiting this once-in-a-lifetime stop right here in North Beach, SF.
Climb the Filbert Street Steps – The Filbert Street runs from The Presidio to Telegraph Hill where the street ends in a set of steps covered by flora and foliage. This place is incredibly beautiful! You can take the stairs to the top of Telegraph Hill, or descend on the eastern slope towards the bay – either way, you’ll be soaking in sweeping views of the coastline for a perfect adventure. If you’re lucky, you might spot the famed wild parrots who have made their home right here in the branches of the Telegraph Hill trees. The Filbert Street steps have a very urban jungle feel, and should absolutely be on your radar if your planning a trip to North Beach.
Stop for a cannoli in Little Italy – North Beach is home to Little Italy, and here you will surely find the best Italian cuisine that San Francisco has to offer. A stroll through Little Italy isn’t complete without a cannoli. You have several options to choose from as you stroll around. With Italian delis, gelato shops, sidewalk cafe’s, and more – an entire day can be spent eating and drinking your way through this beautiful and authentic area of the neighborhood. Little Italy has a charming and quaint feel to it, making it the perfect destination on your tour of North Beach, SF.
Take in the Gorgeous Views at the top of Coit Tower – An iconic destination of tourists all across the world since 1933 when the tower was built, Coit Tower offers 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Bay area. The murals at the base of the tower date as far back as the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and depict scenes of the Great Depression, city life, and social issues. Take the elevator to the top of the tower for spectacular open-air panoramas, and stroll around Telegraph Hill. Coit Tower is a must-see destination if you plan on touring the North Beach area. I highly recommend you stop here!
Live Music at Comstock Saloon – If you are music lover you will really appreciate this one. Founded in 1907, Comstock Saloon is one of North Beach’s oldest eating and drinking establishments. It features nightly live music and old-school décor, complete with wooden booths, antique ceiling fans, and a long mahogany bar. Comstock Saloon serves both classic martinis and inventive cocktails – with one trusting option titled “Bartender’s Whimsy”. Comstock Saloon also offers daily happy hour. The food menu goes far beyond traditional bar food, and is sure to satisfy your cravings. Be sure to try their weekend brunch for fresh Oysters, a hearty breakfast poutine, and herbed falafel shakshuka.