North Beach at night is a bustling neon home to strip joints, bars, cafes and restaurants. Meander through the narrow streets off Broadway and see why this is San Francisco’s “Little Italy.” Like is Italian heritage, this San Francisco neighborhood still holds onto its 1950s Beatnik legacy with the bohemian City Lights Bookstore at the corner of Columbus Ave and Jack Kerouac Alley. Don’t miss Tai Chi in the nearby Washington Square on weekdays or the North Beach Jazz Festival every August.
Epicenter: Broadway and Columbus
A neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists, and also to remain beloved by San Franciscans. Best known as San Francisco's Little Italy, with its high density of check-clothed ristorantes, caffes and Old World delicatessens. It's also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg. However, North Beach is no relic, and it has much to offer beyond pasta and poetry.