North Beach, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in North Beach, including Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, Frequent Flyers and Goorin Brothers Hat Makers.
  • The best place in North Beach San Francisco: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

    Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

    175 Jefferson St
    Mid June - Labor Day Su-Th 9AM-11PM, F-Sa 9AM-midnight; rest of the year Su-Th 10AM-10PM, F-Sa 10AM-midnight. $19.99 (ages 13 and older), $9.99 children (ages 5-12). Set over 2 floors it has over 10,000 square feet of galleries, exhibits, illusions, and interactive displays.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Frequent Flyers

    Frequent Flyers

    Pier 39
    Su-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM. $10 per session. This is an exciting bungee/trampoline combination, suitable for all ages, which allows you to experiment with the dare-devil acrobat inside of you. It's possible to reach heights of up to 20 feet in the air.
    North Beach
  • Goorin Brothers Hat Makers

    Goorin Brothers Hat Makers

    1612 Stockton St
    M-F 11AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-4PM. These guys are determined to bring hats back in a big way. Along the way they've had many famous customers including Tom Cruise and JayZ. How big is your head?
    North Beach
  • Scoma's


    Pier 47
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Su 11:30AM-10:30PM, Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The Bar is open daily 30 minutes prior to lunch service. $20 and up. Overlooking the bay and Alcatraz, and nestled among the fishing boats on Pier 47, this restaurant is popular among locals and tourists alike for its fresh seafood.
    North Beach
  • Aquarium of the Bay

    Aquarium of the Bay

    Pier 39
    Open daily except Dec. 25. Summer hours: 9AM-8PM daily. Most other times M-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Su 10AM-7PM. $18 adults; $10 seniors (age 65+) and children (ages 3-11); $50 family (2 adults, 2 children). Children under 3 free. A nice place and the right size for kids, with an underwater tunnel, where the fish swim above you as you gaze at them, and ponds where you can touch various live marine animals. It's a perfectly decent aquarium, but many locals would recommend you save your money for the fantastic California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.
    North Beach eat nearby
  • Bimbo's 365 Club

    Bimbo's 365 Club

    1025 Columbus Ave
    Box office: M-F 10AM-4PM, Club hours: Vary. Bimbo's is an glamorous upscale event venue and nightclub that holds up to 700 people. It has three bars, a dance floor and stage. Robin Williams does his act here quite regularly.
    North Beach
  • Blue & Gold Fleet

    Blue & Gold Fleet

    Pier 39
    Cruise times vary — see website. Bay Cruise: adults $24, seniors (62+) and teens $20, children (5-11) $16. RocketBoat: adults $26, seniors (62+) and teens $24, children (5-11) $21. Ferries (price varies by destination): adults $7.75-$12.50 one-way, children $5-$6.75 one-way. In addition to their bay cruise from Pier 39, Blue & Gold Fleet offers ferries from Pier 41 across the bay to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo, and Alameda/Oakland. Blue & Gold Fleet also runs a "RocketBoat", a high-speed cruise of the bay in a sleek red boat.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf

    Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf

    145 Jefferson St, Suite 500
    Adult (18-54) $14, Child (6-11) $7, Junior (12-17)/ Senior (55+) $10. It has more than more than 270 wax portraits of entertainers, heroes, villains, etc.
    North Beach eat nearby
  • SS Jeremiah O'Brien

    SS Jeremiah O'Brien

    Pier 45
    $8 adults; $5 seniors, $4 children, free for children under 6 and active Military. Located behind the Pampanito submarine is this WWII Liberty Ship open for tours. The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is the sole survivor of the armada of Allied ships which was involved in D-Day, and one of only two remaining WWII Liberty Ships surviving today (the other being the SS Lane Victory in San Pedro).
    North Beach restaurants nearby
  • USS Pampanito

    USS Pampanito

    Pier 45
    Opens at 9AM daily. Call for closing time. $10 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children/active military, free for children under 6. $20 for family of 2 adults and 4 children. This is a National Historic Landmark — an authentic WWII submarine with many original artifacts on display. Up to 80 personnel ran this submarine and it could be at sea for up to several weeks at a time.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Lombard Street

    Lombard Street

    1000-1099 Lombard St
    Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California. It is famous for having a steep, one-block section that consists of eight tight hairpin turns.
    North Beach eat nearby
  • Fishermen's and Seamen's Chapel

    Fishermen's and Seamen's Chapel

    Pier 45
    This tiny chapel is a memorial to the "Lost Fishermen"... those that have lost their lives on the seas. Every year they hold a special service to commemorate these fishermen. The annual "Blessing of the Fleet" also starts from here every October.
    North Beach restaurants nearby
  • Fog City Diner

    Fog City Diner

    1300 Battery St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 10:30AM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-10PM. $10-$20. Looking like a long shiny aluminum trailer from the outside, the famous Fog City Diner (it's the one from the old Visa ad) serves high-end all-American food. As it's so close to Fisherman’s Wharf, it is popular with both tourists and locals.
    North Beach
  • Adventure Cat Sailing Charter

    Adventure Cat Sailing Charter

    Pier 39Dock J
    Cruise times vary — see website. Bay Cruise: Adult: $30, children 6-12: $15, children 5 and under: $2; Sunset Cruise: Adult: $45 (no discount for children) — Sunset Cruise includes light hors d’oeuvres and 2 complimentary drinks. Offers a 90 minute bay cruise on a 55-foot luxury Catamaran and also sunset cruises in the evening.
    North Beach eat nearby
  • Calzone's Pizza Cucina

    Calzone's Pizza Cucina

    430 Columbus Ave
    You can't miss this restaurant — it's the one with the large awning and all the curbside tables that overlook Columbus Street. They make great fresh mojitos here and the pizza is pretty good too.
    North Beach
  • Vallejo Baylink Ferry

    Vallejo Baylink Ferry

    Pier 41
    Adults $13 one-way, seniors/children $6.50 one-way. Offering ferry service to Vallejo.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Alameda/Oakland Ferry

    Alameda/Oakland Ferry

    Pier 41
    weekends/holidays only from late May through October. Adults $6.25 one-way, seniors $3.75, children $3.50 one-way. Offering ferry service to Alameda/Oakland and Angel Island.
    North Beach eat nearby
  • Pier Market Seafood Restaurant

    Pier Market Seafood Restaurant

    Pier 39
    Winter hours: M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-9PM. Summer hours: M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 10:30AM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-10PM. $10-$33. Pier Market is a real market and restaurant at Pier 39. It's definitely one of the better seafood options on the Wharf; the fish always seems to be fresh, the service is fast and friendly, and the prices are pretty low given the quality.
    North Beach
  • The Stinking Rose

    The Stinking Rose

    325 Columbus Ave
    Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Entrees $19-$30. This is the place if you love garlic, and only if you really love garlic. The original in what has become a chain of garlic restaurants offering sumptuous, contemporary California-Italian cuisine prepared and adorned with garlic. Motto: "We Season Our Garlic With Food!" Be warned, people might be reluctant to be near you the next day.
    North Beach
  • BurgerMeister


    759 Columbus Ave
    Excellent and varied selection of burgers at a reasonable price. Inside it has typical retro American-diner decor and the service is fast and friendly. This place is very popular and was voted "Best Burger 2007" in San Francisco by the readers of SF Weekly.
    North Beach
  • No. 9 Fisherman's Grotto

    No. 9 Fisherman's Grotto

    No. 9 Fisherman's Wharf
    Su-F 10AM-10PM, Sa 10AM-11PM. $14-$49. On the side of the plaza, this restaurant is an old favorite. The small ground floor room has a warm Venetian inspired ambiance; the upstairs is larger and more modern. Its windows overlook the fishing boats.
    North Beach
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Church

    666 Filbert St
    Peter and Paul Church, 666 Filbert St (overlooking Washington Square), ☎ +1 415 421-0809, fax: +1 415 421-1831. Su Services: 7:30AM, 9AM, 10:15AM, 11:30AM, 12:45AM, 5:30PM M-F Services: 7AM, 8AM, 9AM, 12:15PM. Free. A white statuesque, neo-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral situated directly in front of Washington Square. After Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe wed at City Hall in 1954, they were famously photographed afterward at the this church.
    North Beach food nearby
  • Atelier Des Modistes

    1903 Hyde Street
    Bridal gowns and jewelery.
    North Beach
  • Biordi Arts

    412 Columbus Ave
    Tu-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-5PM. For 50 years the owners have been selling imprinted Renaissance style Italian Majolica as well as Italian Hand painted Dinnerware.
    North Beach
  • The Anchorage Shopping Center

    Anchorage Square
    Covering just one square block in Fisherman's Wharf, there are over 30 specialty shops and restaurants here.
    North Beach
  • A. Cavalli & Co

    1441 Stockton St
    Cavalli & Co, 1441 Stockton St (between Vallejo St and Green St), ☎ +1 415 421-4219. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-6:30PM. This shop with its friendly proprietor sells everything Italian, from ornate imported espresso and pasta makers to Italian newspapers, magazines, CDs, and DVDs.
    North Beach
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