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Experience a small slice of Italy in this hoppin’ San Francisco ’hood, where the espresso is strong, the pasta is perfectly al dente, and the gelato is simply heavenly. Eat your way through the numerous sidewalk cafés and trattorias, step inside the chic boutiques and antique shops, take a break in the picturesque Washington Square Park, and fuel the rest of your explorations with shots of espresso. Though North Beach is certainly steeped in Italian heritage, the vibrant neighborhood also features pieces of San Francisco’s passionate literary culture. The famed City Lights Bookstore—the country’s first all-paperback bookstore—is nirvana for bookworms, offering three floors of paperbacks as well as newly released hardcovers spanning a mind-boggling assortment of genres. After perusing the shelves, check out The Beat Museum, listen to live music at Tupelo, or catch a performance of the satirical "Beach Blanket Babylon". And no trip to North Beach is complete without a stop at Coit Tower. This iconic structure is adorned with colorful murals at the base and features breathtaking, 360-degree city views at the top, making it a must-visit attraction....Read More
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