North Beach & Chinatown attractions

Top Choice Cultural Center in North Beach & Chinatown

City Lights Books

Free speech and free spirits have rejoiced here since 1957, when City Lights founder and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and manager Shigeyoshi Murao won a landmark ruling defending their right to publish Allen Ginsberg'…
Top Choice Street in North Beach & Chinatown

Waverly Place

Grant Ave is Chinatown's economic heart, but its soul is Waverly Place, lined with historic clinker-brick buildings and flag-festooned temple balconies. Nineteenth-century race-based planning restrictions left China…
Top Choice Area in North Beach & Chinatown

Chinatown Alleyways

The 41 historic alleyways packed into Chinatown's 22 blocks have seen it all since 1849: gold rushes and revolution, incense and opium, fire and icy receptions. In clinker-brick buildings lining these narrow backstr…
Top Choice Public Art in North Beach & Chinatown

Coit Tower

The exclamation mark on San Francisco's skyline is Coit Tower, with 360-degree views of downtown and wraparound 1930s Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals celebrating SF workers. Initially denounced as communi…
Top Choice Museum in North Beach & Chinatown

Chinese Historical Society of America

Picture what it was like to be Chinese in America during the gold rush, transcontinental railroad construction, and Beat heyday in this 1932 landmark, built as Chinatown's YWCA. CHSA historians unearth fascinating a…
Museum in North Beach & Chinatown

Beat Museum

The closest you can get to the complete Beat experience without breaking a law. The 1000-plus artifacts in this museum's literary-ephemera collection include the sublime (the banned edition of Ginsberg's Howl, with …
Gallery in North Beach & Chinatown

Chinese Culture Center

You can see all the way to China from the Hilton's 3rd floor inside this cultural center, which hosts exhibits ranging from showcases of contemporary Chinese ink-brush painters to installations of kung-fu punching b…
Temple in North Beach & Chinatown

Tin How Temple

There was no place to go but up in Chinatown in the 19th century, when laws restricted where Chinese San Franciscans could live and work. Atop barber shops, laundries and diners lining Waverly Pl, you'll spot lanter…
Street in North Beach & Chinatown

Jack Kerouac Alley

'The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great…' This ode by the On the Road and Dharma Bums author is embedded in his namesake alley, a fittingly poetic, streetwise shortcut betwe…
Architecture in North Beach & Chinatown

Filbert Street Steps

Halfway through the steep climb up the Filbert St Steps to Coit Tower, you might wonder if it’s all worth the trouble. Take a breather and notice the scenery you're passing: sweeping Bay Bridge vistas, hidden cottag…