North Beach, nestled within the scenic hills of northeast San Francisco, is one of the City’s signature neighborhood commercial districts. The businesses of Columbus Avenue, Grant Avenue and around Washington Square not only serve local residents but also create a regional destination for the Bay Area and tourists from around the world. San Francisco’s “Little Italy” is crowded with Italian restaurants, cafes, specialty food shops, and one of the only Italian pottery stores outside of Italy. Local clothing, craft, and artisan shops populate Grant Avenue, one of the oldest blocks in the City, and offer locals and visitors alike diverse choices for neighborhood dining and entertainment. City Lights Bookstore and Vesuvio Café, at the intersection of Columbus and Broadway, divided by Jack Kerouac Alley, stand as landmarks of the neighborhood’s historic reputation as a center of Beat Generation culture in the middle part of the 20th century.
North Beach features a strong and highly active merchants association and neighborhood groups committed to addressing and advocating for the needs of small businesses and the community.
North Beach is a thriving commercial district with distinct character and a diverse mix of businesses. Sales tax captured in the district grew by 15% from 2006 to 2012, compared with 17% growth Citywide during that same period. While the Central Subway construction remains an issue for some merchants and neighborhood stakeholders who express concerns about the negative impact on local businesses, community members still share their desire to see a North Beach station carrying both visitors and residents to the neighborhoods’ center.
Enjoy the riches of culture and culinary delights offered both day and night in this iconic San Francisco neighborhood. Relax in Washington Square, experience an exquisite meal along the streets of North Beach, discover your favorite espresso in the neighborhood, and take in the beauty of Saints Peter & Paul Church and Coit Tower during an evening stroll. North Beach – it’s truly a San Francisco original.
For more information on what North Beach has to offer, please visit our neighborhood links to learn more.