North Beach/Telegraph Hill

Things to do in North Beach/Telegraph Hill

For over a century, locals have flocked to Molinari for Italian specialties: olive oil, fresh pasta, and the plump, house-made salami dangling over the counter. Take a number for a heaping sandwich on fresh focaccia.

The twin neo-Gothic spires of Joe DiMaggio’s church loom above the picnic-friendly lawn in Washington Square Park.

An espresso pioneer, Trieste has been roasting beans and caffeinating the city since 1956. On Saturday afternoons, the owners and other local musicians belt out everything from opera to Patsy Cline.

Perched atop Telegraph Hill, this 1930s Art Moderne landmark is a dashingly romantic spot at sunset. It’s all fluted, ivory glamour on the outside; inside you’ll find period murals of city life. You can climb up to the observation deck, but the bay view from the ground is nearly as grand.

Located in Jackson Square, this high-end clothing boutique is owned by sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, whose family runs Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest producer of carrots.

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 Bogart stumbles up in the noir classic Dark Passage. The stairs rise in three sections from Sansome Street to Coit Tower, past art deco build

Located on Columbus Avenue, City Lights Bookstore is an independent bookstore and publisher, best known for publishing the Pocket Poets Series, including Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems. Built in a classical revival style in 1907, the once tiny bookshop filling up just the mezzanine gradual

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 visiting movie stars (not so much for wayward homicide detectives). Don’t see any celebs?