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America's most relaxed city

Called “The Paris of the West,” San Francisco is a city that wears its charms on its sleeve. With weeping views of the Bay and the Pacific coast from its famous hills, it’s also known as America’s foodie capital and one of the world’s intellectual hubs. From its true birth during the Gold Rush, the city by the Bay has been home to renegades, social movements and artists of all stripes. Don’t miss the vibrant Mission District, the famous hippie neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, or the shopping Mecca of Union Square.

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Columbus Avenue

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Columbus Avenue

A street encompassing authentic Italian culture

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Located in San Francisco’s North Beach, Columbus Avenue proves that the area is alive with Italian heritage. Visitors will find almost everything that the Italian immigrants brought to the states on this very street, from Italian cuisine and espresso to fine Italian ceramics.

While in the San Francisco area, be sure to take a stroll along Columbus Avenue. The summertime brings this street the most tourists, but any time is a good time to check out its many Italian shops, bars, cafés and eateries, each celebrating Italian heritage in the goods they offers.

Visit places such as Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe, Stella Pastry, and Molinari Delicatessen. Biordi Art Imports is a great place to go for the finest Renaissance-style ceramic works, and La Raccolta will introduce you to Italian pastas, candies, spices and other imported goods. Several more establishments line the edges of Columbus Avenue, including Specs bar, L'Osteria del Forno, and the bar-cafés Tosca and Vesuvio.

Columbus Avenue
Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA, San Francisco
Chinatown & North Beach, Presidio & Pacific Heights