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North Beach is a San Francisco, California neighborhood bounded by the former Barbary Coast, now Jackson Square, and the Financial District south of Broadway (except North Beach institutions extend down Columbus to Washington and Montgomery where the Black Cat originally was), Chinatown to the southwest of Columbus below Green, and then Russian Hill to the west, Telegraph Hill to the east and Fisherman's Wharf at Bay Street to the north.
Typical intersections are Union and Columbus, the southwest corner of Washington Square, Grant Avenue and Vallejo, location of Caffe Trieste, Mason and Francisco, where there is some shopping and dining.
There is a street fair on Grant Avenue on Father's Day and a parade along Columbus Avenue to Aquatic Park around Columbus Day. There is a National Shrine at Vallejo and Columbus and Ss. Peter and Paul on Filbert north of Washington Square. The Powell Mason cable car line ends in the outer portion of North Beach where there is no beach.
The neighborhood attracted many Italians, Beats, Chinese and really all kinds of ordinary, artistic, friendly people, and has many sights and places to gather. It is a somewhat compact layout of three-story buildings painted in light colors dating from the 1920s when people rebuilt after the earthquake and fire of 1906. The weather is excellent with gentle, sunny hours between noon, after the morning fog burns off, and four, before the fog starts rolling back in from the Golden Gate.