Venue Details

11 Star Starred
Washington Square Park
Columbus Avenue & Union Street San Francisco, CA 94133
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Walking shoes unless you take a taxi everywhere
Watson Adventures' Munch Around Chinatown and North Beach Scavenger Hunt info Dec 11 2011 star this tip starred
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Required to buy & eat at 6 locations but no time to enjoy anything
Watson Adventures' Munch Around Chinatown and North Beach Scavenger Hunt info Dec 11 2011 star this tip starred

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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 specific buildings rather than stories about the earthquake and fire that...continued

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David Grenewetzki
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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.

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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.

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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.