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Over the past hour, it’s been an intense, back-and-forth matchup between your team and theirs. You’re sweaty, working hard, and having fun in the process. The end of the game is in sight, and if you win, you’re ready to celebrate. Even if the outcome isn’t favorable for you, you’re still wanting to do something to hang with your teammates (and even the opposition) at the end of the match. 

Whether you’ve been dribbling and shooting for the past hour with your basketball teammates, spiking the ball with your volleyball teammates, or rolling the ball (it’s more difficult than it sounds), now it’s time to play a different game: Where to go in North Beach? The good news is, there’s lots of options:

Here are some ideas: 

1- Eat & Drink

Whether you’d like a full dinner, lunch, or just a snack, North Beach is full of amazing cuisine, which is often Italian-inspired (as North Beach is known as the Italian district of San Francisco). Here are some local favorites: 

Score Bar & Lounge – After your game, you’re likely here heading here anyway for some flip cup, good drinks and good times. Score has an awesome Taco Tuesday and TVs if you’re trying to catch a game.

La Trappe Cafe– Belgian food classics, new and old world sparkling wine, and an extensive taps and draft list.

La Trappe Cafe | Source: http://www.themenupage.com/restaurant/La-Trappe-Cafe/111/0

Stella Cafe- Traditional Italian specialties that also look like pieces of art. 

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Stella Cafe | Source: http://stellapastry.com.mytempweb.com/our-history/our-history.aspx

The Italian Homemade Company– Their website describes it best; “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”

North Star Cafe– It’s a cozy bar and local favorite. Founded in 1882, it’s been a city staple for generations. Also a favorite hangout for after the ball games. 

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North Star Cafe | Source: https://www.thrillist.com/bars/san-francisco/ca/north-beach/northstar-cafe_sports-bars

Café Greco– Dine outside or inside on traditional Italian food. 

That’s just a handful of restaurants. When you have the time, make it a habit to walk around North Beach to find new eateries and watering holes. 

2- Play (Again)

If you’re not too tired, check out everything the Joe DiMaggio Playground has to offer. In addition to the playground, there’s a lot more, including tennis courts, a swimming pool, and even great views of the city. Washington Square Park is also a great local hangout, however it began irrigation repairs in the summer of 2019, so you may need to wait until those are complete, in order to fully enjoy the park. 

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Joe DiMaggio Park | Source: https://steemit.com/photography/@runridefly/joe-dimaggio-playground-in-north-beach-san-francisco-beautiful-and-clean-playground-with-kids
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Washington Square Park | Source: https://sfrecpark.org/event/washington-square-park-restroom-opening/

3- Read

The North Beach- San Francisco Public Library is right next to the Joe DiMaggio Playground. Whether you want to read up on game strategy or something else before or after your game, this jewel in the city provides you the perfect spot for that. The library often hosts other events as well, such as cooking classes and talks. 

North Beach San Francisco Public Library | Source: https://www.arch2o.com/north-beach-branch-library-lms-architects/

4- Walk

Perhaps the best way to get to know North Beach is to walk it yourself and make new discoveries. Soon enough, you’ll have your own local favorites. 

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