North Beach/Telegraph Hill/Chinatown
Collected by Liv Combe, AFAR Contributor
242 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Salty, fatty, and doused in an Italian sweet and sour agrodolce sauce, the fried pig tails at Tosca are just the thing to accompany the bar’s list of rare Italian reds. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the...
510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Head to Don Pisto’s in North Beach for their take on Mexican street food, from Baja California down to the Yucatan Peninsula. With a to-go taco shop and a rustic, casual dining room, you can stop by Don Pisto’s for a dinner on the go or to linger...
1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
There's no need to fly all the way to Italy to try the pie that earned first place at the 2007 World Pizza Cup. Just head to North Beach and Tony's Pizza Napoletana, where chef-owner Tony Gemignani was the first American to win the...
4519, 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...
200 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Stop by Reveille Coffee Co and your morning will be instantly better. The light, airy space in North Beach serves up coffee, pastries, and some of the best avocado and egg toast you’ll find in the city. Founded by Christopher and Tommy Newbury,...
1522 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
When you think of antique stores, you usually think of dust and clutter. Not so at Aria Antiques in North Beach, where the clean shop could pass for an oddities museum. In the market for an old globe or vintage maps? Old keys? Zoological chart?...
1541 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Inspired by the small cheese and wine shops they frequented while living in Europe, husband and wife owners Jay and Melissa Gugni opened Little Vine to bring that same specialty service to North Beach. Step into Little Vine and you’ll find some of...
1300 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
It was by accident that I found Al's, while trying to find parking for an event in North Beach. It immediately stole my heart with their window display of vintage inspired, hand made shoes and clothing and I'm so glad that I went in. The fact that...
504 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Nestled in North Beach is one of the best spots for an inexpensive lunch (or late-night nosh) in the city. At Naked Lunch—it’s a literary reference, not a propos to the many strip clubs you’ll find in the neighborhood—you can stop by to pick up...
15 Romolo Pl, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
If the walls of North Beach’s 15 Romolo could talk, they’d certainly have quite a few stories to tell. Over the last century, this building has been home to a speakeasy, a brothel, and the Basque Hotel, which still operates today along...
12 William Saroyan Place, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe isn’t quite a museum, isn’t quite a cafe, and definitely isn’t just the dive bar it might appear to be at first glance. Opened in 1968 by Richard “Specs” Simmons in a small alley off of Columbus Avenue in the North...
560 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
There are a handful of stores in San Francisco that sell quirky and distinctive clothing, jewelry, and homewares. Eden & Eden is one. The brother-and-sister owners stock some vintage pieces and a nice selection of funky jewelry from the U.K. I've...
540 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Crazy for Kerouac? Mad for Ginsberg? Head to the Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, where many of the writers, artists, and thinkers you’ll be learning about spent their time drinking and carousing in the 1950s...
1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Since it was constructed at the top of Telegraph Hill in 1933, Coit Tower has been an integral part of San Francisco’s downtown skyline. Named after a 1920s patron to the city’s firefighters—but not designed to resemble a firehose, as the urban...
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