03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

A Guide To Shopping In San Fransico

SEVERAL cultures clash at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus in San Francisco's North Beach. Right behind beatnik Mecca -- the City Lights bookstore and the Vesuvio cafe -- is Chinatown, authentic down to the hanging smoked ducks and unmistakable fish-feather-ginseng smell. Up Columbus Avenue, Italian restaurants beloved exclusively by tourists are forever dying and being born.

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