North Beach-The Little Italy in San Francisco - by Mark Adams
San Francisco Sightseeing Attraction
San Francisco's North Beach area, in the north-eastern part of the city, is a bustling part of San Francisco with vibrant flavor and a lively, fun atmosphere. Known primarily for its Italian roots and its Mediterranean climate, North Beach is a beautiful vibrant part of the city that is central to San Francisco's life and economy.
Sheltered from ocean breezes by Russian Hill, North Beach is often sunny on days when the rest of San Francisco is shrouded in fog. North Beach is a hub of restaurants, boutiques, and sightseeing. From Coit Tower to the Cable Cars, to St. Peter and Paul's Church, to Washington Square Park, North Beach is filled with things to see on a walk before dinner or after lunch. Nearly all of North Beach's restaurants are high quality and reasonably priced. North Beach is also known for its sidewalk cafes that keep the sidewalks buzzing, and for its authentic Italian restaurants that have been in business for generations. The cuisine in North Beach is impeccable, no restaurant or cafe will disappoint. It could be said that North Beach is a huge contributor to San Francisco's European feel, with its relaxed, chic ambience.
North Beach - The Little Italy in San Francisco - San Francisco Sightseeing Attraction
Another aspect of North Beach's fame is its concentration of topless bars and adult stores.
For the adult visitors who are looking for a wilder time, Lower
Broadway at the farther end of North Beach is home to a number of adult entertainment
venues. These venues range in quality from cheap to high quality. A direct descendent
from North Beach's Barbary Coast days, the striptease bars in North Beach attract
a large and diverse clientele. The Condor Club was opened in 1964 as America's
first topless bar; The Lusty Lady is the world's only worker cooperative nightclub.
A number of venues were also instrumental in the San Francisco punk scene of
the 70s and 80s. Clubs like the Mabuhay Gardens, the Stone, and On Broadway made
the San Francisco music scene the innovative power-house that it is.
Little Italy in San Francisco - San Francisco Sightseeing Attraction
St. Peter and Paul's Church, across from Washington Square Park, is a popular site for movies and photography.
One of the most famous photos taken on the steps
of the Church is that of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe after their civil wedding.
Joe DiMaggio was a North Beach local, as was Francis Ford Coppola, Allen Ginsberg,
Philip Kaufman and Jack Kerouac, to name a few. North Beach was a hugely important
place for the Beatniks, a group of poets and artists who believed in freedom
and intellectualism. Cafes and bookstores, like the City Lights Book Store, were
the center of the movement, providing a gathering place and a podium for the
Beatniks to voice their poetry, music, and philosophy.
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