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Washington Square

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
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A Happening Spot

We passed by this park literally every day we were in SF and this place was always packed with activity no matter the time of day. It is in the heart of the action, despite not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We passed by this park literally every day we were in SF and this place was always packed with activity no matter the time of day. It is in the heart of the action, despite not being all that big, no shortage of people filling up the lawn. I will say, that in SF, people definitely make use of their... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This square is in the middle of North Beach and Chinatown and is surrounded by lovely buildings. Everyone loves it, people sit for hours. Drink in the atmosphere.

Thank Thomas V
Port Alberni, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Nice little park with great picnic area. Lots of wonderful things to see in the area including bakeries and mamas restaurant.

Thank helena218
Palm Springs, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Great place to visit--great statues, peaceful. Also nice place to sit, relax, enjoy the surrounding and meet interesting people like we did today.

Thank Yolande B
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Washing Square is a lovely park at one end of China Town to sit and relax. People flock here to have their lunch or wait to catch a bus. There is a beautiful famous church at one end of the square, Saint peter and paul Church. Joe DiMaggio was married there and it featured in a Dirty Harry movie. After... More 

Thank norma_gordon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The locals call it "Wasqua" for good reasons. There lots of restaurants and stores abc peoples watching there.

Thank Alzor S
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

its really a block park in north beach so there is a lot going on. across the street from st. peter and paul. a ton of restaurants and bars around. on one corner one of best breakfast places in city (thats why people are standing in line to get in, aka mamas) and on another corner a great pizza place,... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Not much going on here. Just a stop on ones way to Coit Tower maybe or the cathedral. Located in little Italy of course.

Thank Paul H
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

We happened to walk by the park on our way to Telegraph Hill. There was a group of (presumably) Chinese ladies practicing an exercise/dance with large fans which they snapped open and closed with precision. Cool!

Thank Tracey G
Heusden, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

A soul singer, right after the gate, covering Sam Cooke's songbook, at least 60, still talented. A jazz orchestra, at the other side of the fountain. Mid July, an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, people hanging around, listening, or reading a book.

Thank Andre882014

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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