Recently I headed into San Francisco to spend a lazy Sunday in North Beach, the city’s Little Italy district. Sun was out and the weather balmy. It was blissful.
North Beach is generally a wonderful place to spend the weekend. It’s centrally located to much of what’s interesting in the city: tons of great eateries, little jazz clubs, art galleries, eclectic shops, Chinatown, the wharf and Telegraph Hill, which is home to hidden gardens, rare wild parrots and the iconic Coit Tower. You’ve got everything within a ten-block square including the nudie district if you’re into that kind of thing. I think it just adds a little color to the already eclectic neighborhood.
For the literary minded, North Beach is the absolute best place to hang in the city bar none. Nothing makes me happier than to spend hours on Sunday reading a bunch of newspapers, the New York Times Review of Books and browsing through a stack of books and magazines for whatever catches my interest.