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Washington Square

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: Union Street and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
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Washing Square is a lovely park at one end of China Town to sit and relax. People flock here to have their lunch or wait to catch a bus. There is a beautiful famous church at one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Washing Square is a lovely park at one end of China Town to sit and relax. People flock here to have their lunch or wait to catch a bus. There is a beautiful famous church at one end of the square, Saint peter and paul Church. Joe DiMaggio was married there and it featured in a Dirty Harry movie. After... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The locals call it "Wasqua" for good reasons. There lots of restaurants and stores abc peoples watching there.

Thank Alzor S
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

its really a block park in north beach so there is a lot going on. across the street from st. peter and paul. a ton of restaurants and bars around. on one corner one of best breakfast places in city (thats why people are standing in line to get in, aka mamas) and on another corner a great pizza place,... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Not much going on here. Just a stop on ones way to Coit Tower maybe or the cathedral. Located in little Italy of course.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We happened to walk by the park on our way to Telegraph Hill. There was a group of (presumably) Chinese ladies practicing an exercise/dance with large fans which they snapped open and closed with precision. Cool!

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Heusden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

A soul singer, right after the gate, covering Sam Cooke's songbook, at least 60, still talented. A jazz orchestra, at the other side of the fountain. Mid July, an ordinary Tuesday afternoon, people hanging around, listening, or reading a book.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

While visiting the Washington Square locale be sure to check out Saints Peter and Paul Church on Filbert across from the park. It’s a lovely piece of architecture, very enjoyable even if you don’t go inside.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Came across this traveling on a bus and was really impressed with the neighborhood with its many cafes and shops - one of my SF favorites The park was full of people enjoying the sunshine

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

I discovered Washington Square Park on my way to Pier 39 via Bus #8 and I recommend this place to every reader visiting SF as this will get you away from the crazy atmosphere from Market street or Union Square. The park is nice and next to the park is a beautiful church: St Peter & Paul Church. There are... More 

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San Francisco, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

Washington Square is a perfect park for people watching. Right in the middle of North Beach, the Italian neighborhood, and right across from beautiful Peter & Paul Church on one side and the amazing Tony's Pizzeria on the other, and practically in the shadow of the impressive Coit Tower, relax in this park for a while, as you watch the... More 

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighbourhood home.
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