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North Beach

Berkeley, California, United States, North America: Saints Peter and Paul Church, one of San Francisco's grandest, occupies one end of Washington

City Lights Bookstore

261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 362 8193

Caffe Trieste

601 Vallejo Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 392 6739


242 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 986 9651's insider take:

Traditionally an Italian neighborhood, North Beach was also the hangout of Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder. A necessary stop for any bibliophile is City Lights Bookstore, the bookseller and publishing house founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, which first printed Allen Ginsberg's Howl. After browsing, grab a cappuccino at Caffe Trieste, where opera singers enliven Saturday afternoons. Stroll through Washington Square Park, where Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio posed for wedding pictures in front of the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. After dark, there's no place like Tosca. Opened in 1919, this retro watering hole is a favorite stomping ground for local literary types and international celebs.

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