Barbary Coast: Basking in SF’s Glowing Literary Lights

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    Winery shot
    29 Feb 2016
    Clock 40min      Length1mi
    8 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    This route meanders through a beautifully preserved corner of San Francisco. Through North Beach, the home of the beats, punks and jazz to Jackson Square where Gold Miners came to weigh gold, carouse and sleep.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    City Lights Books, The Beat Museum, Jackson Square Historic District, Neibaum Coppola

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    The route begins at the corner of Columbus and Broadway. The intersection may be reached by taking BART to Montgomery Street and walking east on Montgomery, or by MUNI bus. Check for bus routes.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Stop at City Lights Books, Cafe Vesuvio, The Beat Museum, Neibaum Coppola, Cafe Pucchini and Stella Bakery.  

    Best time of day:

    Daytime is lovely because of the bay views, but evening is magical. The cafes are bustling and the bookstores and bars offer both ticketed and free jazz, poetry readings and other entertainment.


    No particular precautions. North Beach is a safe area.


    Plus Write a comment


    Loved this tour of one of my favorite neighborhoods in SF! I'd highly recommend this tour to visitors and native San Franciscans alike as I learned a lot that I didn't know.

    Posted by Kate Greer , over 3 years ago

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