Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

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Columbus Avenue is a street that runs diagonally through the North Beach and Chinatown areas of San Francisco, California, from Washington and Montgomery Streets by the Transamerica Pyramid to Beach Street near Fisherman's Wharf. This street is home to several notable venues, such as Jack Kerouac Alley, named for poet Jack Kerouac, City Lights Bookstore, Vesuvio Cafe, and Bimbo's 365 Club.The street's original name was Montgomery Avenue, and was built in the 1870s. It was renamed Columbus Avenue in 1909.
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  • We walked along this major street that starts around the Fisherman's Wharf area, runs through North Beach (Little Italy) through Chinatown and towards the Financial District. You easily spend a few da...  more »
  • Used to be considered the heart of the old Italian neighborhood, North Beach. And there still are a lot of old fashioned Italian restaurants around (search reviews for a good one). But today the ever-...  more »
  • The long Columbus Av. It's definitely the Italian district of San Francisco and is full of Italian restaurants, old Café (including visit Vesuvius) then there is the old bookshop City Lights symbol of the time Beat and the Cathedral of Peter and Paul. I mean the neighborhood of Little Italy is certainly seen combining it perhaps to visit the nearby (Grant AV. runs pretty much parallel to the Columbus Av.) Chinatown.
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