So you’re headed to arguably the best section of San Francisco and are clueless of what you want to eat or drink? Follow along to make the most of your time in this electric neighborhood
For beginners, most thoughts that will come to mind when someone mentions North Beach is “The Italian Neighborhood”. Yes well it is, & a damn good one too. With its local assortment of delis, bars, and restaurants, one will find an aura of excitement and history that should keep you busy and entertained around every corner.
Food is a great start with this neighborhood and will surely be a highlight of your time here. Some spots you should find yourself at at least once are listed below.
Golden Boy – regarded as a top slice in SF, Golden Boy is a SF staple and is always a treat whether it be at 1 am or at 6pm for the 5th straight day. Eat a pan slice mid day or earlier to avoid the 25 minute + waits that are guaranteed after 10pm on a Friday/Saturday
Frankys – home to ___ who has won international pizza eating competitions is this corner treat. Grab a slice and pop over to Washington Square Park to soak top the sun
Italian Homemade – Probably the most affordable option for pasta in North Beach is Italian Homemade. Don’t be alarmed with everything being served on plastic plates, this place makes some incredible pastas.
Molinari Deli – One of the best sandwich joints in the city, Molinari is a gem that must be enjoyed at least once. Grab a mouthwatering special loaded with salami, mozzarella, provolone and be lucky enough to grab a seat outside and take in the scenic view of Transamerica Pyramid just down the street
Frankys Deli – A true local joint located closer to Fishermans Wharf that most people will miss altogether. This unassuming deli slangs some of the best sandos in the city.
Coffee is another selling point of this neighborhood. Some spots to set up shop are:
Hole in the Wall Coffee – A Hipster spot up the hill from North Beach’s main action, this roadside stall & literal hole in the wall, is an aesthetic treat and definitely worth a stop.
Caffe Trieste – One of the first Italian Coffee Joints on the west coast and a North Beach staple, Trieste offers an excellent coffee selection, Italian desserts, and live music on Saturdays. Don’t miss this spot.
Cafe Grecco – Possibly one of the best spots for espresso and people watching on Columbus, grab a seat outside and mingle with locals and tourists alike.
Next up, Bars. For those who are looking to have a rowdy night out in the city or just want to sip some wine street side, North Beach does not disappoint. Here are some Bars that you should not miss out on.
Vesuvio – One of the most iconic bars in North Beach and the entirety of the city, Vesuvio is aged with Beatnik history and Jack Kerouac stories. Personally my favorite spot in San Francisco
Specs – Across the street from Vesuvio, tucked away in a tiny alley is the legendary and often overlooked Specs. Another North Beach and SF classic, Specs will most certainly provide you with a step back in time and probably a few new friends once you’ve settled into your stool.
Columbus Cafe/Grant & Green – 2 for 1 Happy hour EVERYDAY from 4-8pm? Hard to beat. Tv’s, pool tables, and an ample selection of Beers to choose from makes these 2 watering holes some of the best deals in the city.
Northstar – A local gem located on Green street will provide you with more memories and great drink deals. Also a great spot to watch a game with about 8 tvs circulating the small bar. Customer of the month pictures line the walls of this joint to definitely make you crack a smile. Look for Jeffys picture on the wall!
15 Romolo – Alleyway bar that you will not find unless you are directed in the right way or drunkenly end up walking down Romolo St. 15 Romolo provides some of the best cocktails in the city combined with a speakeasy feel, will make this a more memorable spot on your North Beach adventure.