Venue Details

11 Star Starred
Washington Square Park
Columbus Avenue & Union Street San Francisco, CA 94133
Get directions

Member Tips

Jennifer Azevedo
Park up by Coit tower-there are a couple non-metered streets.
info Jul 27 2010 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
Wear comfy shoes and layered clothes...never can tell SF weather.
info Aug 23 2011 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
We brought our own food/drink
info Aug 23 2011 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
We winged it...and lucked out.
info Aug 23 2011 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
It's always good to get out, get some fresh air and some culture...enjoy!
info Aug 23 2011 star this tip starred

Reviews & Ratings

5 ratings
3.6 average rating
  • 1
    5
  • 2
    4
  • 1
    3
  • 1
    2
  • 0
    1
1 events
1 review
4 stars
attended Jul 26 2010

We bailed out on the tour after another group of people did the same thing. It may be more interesting for tourists, but as a local I was looking for more details about... continued

star this review starred report as inappropriate
David Grenewetzki
17 events
1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 26 2010

Great tour -- lots of fun and new information about a neighborhood that we though we knew. Our guide, AJ, was a hoot.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
3 events
1 review
2 stars
attended Jul 26 2010

Relatively boring. Might be better attended in the early evening hours where one can get a bit of the flavor of Northbeach. We were the first to bail.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 5 Reviews
More Information

Website

http://www.foottours.com

Description

Originally called the Latin Quarter, North Beach (which actually did have a beach some 150 years ago) was a mix of all nationalities until the laying of an “off-the-grid” avenue (later rechristened Columbus Avenue) sent many citizens scattering to other neighborhoods. But not the Italians — they stayed and turned North Beach into Little Italy.

Highlights of this tour include:

  • Washington Square Park, one of the country’s “perfect parks”
  • The oldest bar in town (unless they build an older one)
  • The Condor, home of topless dancing. And bottomless dancing. 
  • The Killer Piano story
  • The Hippodrome, the city’s remaining dance hall from the Barbary Coast era
  • The only downtown district to survive the 1906 earthquake and fire** **
  • City Lights

About the Ticket Supplier: FOOT!

FOOT! provides San Franciscans and visitors with fun and informative walking tours. They have chosen an interactive format to allow for a more personal, and thereby memorable, learning experience, and feel a humorous approach to history makes it more lively, accessible and enjoyable than a lecture or anonymous bus ride around the city. Each guide is a professional comedian who enthusiastically shares their love of San Francisco through their tours, giving each tour a unique flavor.