Although the neighborhood has changed a bit over the years, a strong bind remains between merchants, home owners, and renters who love their neighborhood’s character and work to keep a balance between old and new. Saints Peter and Paul Church looks out onto Washington Square, a center piece of the neighborhood. In the park you will find people practicing Tai Chi, walking dogs, chatting with friends, reading the newspaper, or relaxing while enjoying the visual experience of San Francisco city living. Washington Square serves as the social hub of this vibrant area.
There are three commercial streets in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill neighborhood. Broadway is a tourist destination where the gentleman’s clubs lining the street meet Chinatown. Columbus Street, which stretches all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf, is lined with bars, coffee houses, bakeries, and restaurants that offer outdoor sidewalk dining. It’s also where you’re likely to find the best Italian food in the city. Grant Avenue also has restaurants, coffee houses, bakeries, and popular bars—with the addition of small boutiques and gift shops. Many of these local joints have been in business for 50 years or more, adding to the unique neighborhood charm which residents and tourists both adore.
There’s a Catholic elementary school connected to Saints Peter and Paul, as well as a public elementary and middle school located in the center of the neighborhood. Galileo High School, on the corner of Bay Street and Van Ness Avenue, is also close by. Grocery shopping is a breeze here as well, with both Trader Joe’s and Safeway located in nearby North Beach.