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Things to do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite North Beach/Telegraph Hill attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill.

  • Carrots

    Located in Jackson Square, this high-end clothing boutique is owned by sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, whose family runs Grimmway Farms, the world... More
  • City Lights Books

    Located on Columbus Avenue, City Lights Bookstore is an independent bookstore and publisher, best known for publishing the Pocket Poets Series, inc... More
  • Climb the Filbert Steps

    Running down the east slope of Telegraph Hill on the old trail of dock workers, the Filbert Steps is the same seemingly endless staircase Humphrey ... More
  • Tosca Café

    If you’re a true Sharon Stone fan, you might actually recognize this bar from Basic Instinct. And even in real life, the place is a hangout for vis... More

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