City Sightseeing, Districts, Featured, San Francisco Highlights

North Beach – Italian District

Highlights Include:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Shopping
  • Coit Tower
  • Washington Square
  • St Peter and Paul Cathedral

The City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off tour brings you right into the heart of the North Beach District also known as “Little Italy” due to the Italian population historically know to reside in this area. It will be hard for you to miss the number of Italian eateries and some of the well known restaurants such as The Stinking Rose, Golden Boy Pizza, Molinari Delicatessen, and  Gelato and Pastry shops for everyone.

Aside from the amazing Italian food, North Beach is also home to a number of San Francisco Icons:

Washington Square

It is not uncommon to walk past this park and see all different types of people, from the groups practicing Tai-Chi to those sitting in the Lotus position for their daily Yoga routine. Washington Square also houses a small, children’s playground for the families.

St. Peter and Paul Church

Boarding Washington Square, this Roman Catholic Church was constructed with Italian Cathedral inspiration. It is ironically located at 666 Filbert st. It is also well known for being featured in films as well as being the desired location for the wedding of Marylin Monroe and Joe Demaggio, although not permitted.

Beach Blanket Babylon

Considered a ‘Must see’ in San Francisco. North Beach is home to the original, and ever changing modern day Snow White story we like to call Beach Blanket Babylon. Featuring satire and jokes of current political and pop culture references.

Coit Tower

Constructed in the likeness of the nozzle of a fire-hose after a large donation from Lillian Hitchcock Coit to beautify the San Francisco Skyline. There is a stairwell inside leading to the top for beautiful views of San Francisco or you can head to the top using the elevator for a nominal fee. The interior of Coit Tower is decorated with a mural of showing the effects of the Great Depression on the Bay Area.