Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
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The historic Fisherman’s Wharf is one of San Francisco’s must-visit spots. Even getting there is an experience in itself—you can hop on a classic cable car from downtown. Dine at a scenic waterfront restaurant (try the famous sourdough bread bowl), explore the area’s shops and art galleries, check out the street performances and don’t miss the historic WWII submarine—the USS Pampanito. You can catch all these highlights on a walking, bike or big bus tour. Stay for the magnificent sunset views and if you’re lucky, you might even spot the mischievous sea lions at Pier 39. – Tripadvisor
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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,598 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Touristy But Should Experience When Visiting San Francisco
    Fisherman's Wharf is a must-see experience if you are a tourist visiting San Francisco. Views of San Francisco Bay, some great seafood restaurants, street performers, shopping, amusements, boat tours and nearby Pier 39 with its sea lions. Fun to arrive here by cable car on the Powell and Hyde line.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 28 April 2023
  • BrummieMo
    Birmingham, United Kingdom93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty Going On
    An area with shops, restaurants and street entertainment. Also the terminus for the hop on and off bus and the Trolly Bus hub. Be aware that restaurants close at 9.00 pm, even the bar and restaurant in the Argonaut Hotel. Worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 30 April 2023
  • baird t
    51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Food Fun Shop at the San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
    A comfortable stroll for couples, families....everyone..... featuring iconic San Francisco sea food restaurants, stores, bars, exhibits, the marina (you can rent a boat and captain for a three hour tour of the bay area). Trolley's and buses stop at the Wharf. Parking garages nearby.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 5 May 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved this place
    We loved this place, probably the best seaside pier area we have been to. Much better than the pier at Santa Monica in LA. Bustling atmosphere, loads of great eateries, great shops (some quite reasonably priced) and good fun and games - there was a street magician when we went. There’s also an area round the back where seals congregate . We spent a whole afternoon here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • colombiajan
    Saint Albans, West Virginia195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Vibes at Fisherman's Wharf
    We were at Fisherman's Wharf last week. We enjoyed all the shops eating places. We loved all the excitement and live music playing. I feel like it is a must do experience for San Fransisco. We loved seeing the seals at Pier 39. It was chilly when we were there so take a jacket.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 1 June 2023
  • BobiTychynskiShimoda
    Oakville, Canada347 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok
    ‘Twas ok. Lots of typical souvenir places with a few very original ones thrown in to make it cool (and interesting). Some interesting ones were the rubber ducky store, the left handed store and some gem/mineral places. It was worth visiting just for a walk around after or before Alcatraz.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 June 2023
  • Dani D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great service!!
    Amazing food! Anceluo was sooooo amazing! He recommended the Mac and cheese and played with my niece's bear (which got old I'm sure). He got double sat at the same time all 8 of us sat down, but he handled it amazingly. I wouldn't have even known. 10/10!!!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Kelvin
    Dunedin, New Zealand574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit.
    We stayed at a hotel only a couple of blocks from the Main Street here, so we were able to spend a fair bit of time here. There is plenty to see and heaps of places to eat. Another iconic location that always seems to have something going on. A must do to visit while in the city.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Honeylocket
    Wales, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sea lions are amazing - lots to do
    This is a fun place to spend a few hours. Yes, it's 'tourist central' but you can walk the pier and watch the sea lions, San Francisco Bay for no charge. Some lovely restaurants and shops. Must do
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Neil H
    Gosnells, Australia13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed our stay in San Francisco
    Travelling with 2 other couples and we found San Fran easy to travel around, plenty to do and friendly people. We just loved the cable cars, those hills are crazy (we live in a flat city). Lots of options for tours and things to do, and we did a few of them, lol. Plenty of food options to, all reasonably priced we think.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 August 2023
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JMKDenver
Boulder, CO276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Loved this visit! Lots of restaurants, shopping, things to do. And the seals, so many! You can see Alcatraz…just very fun overall.
Written 21 April 2024
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Jayo B
Colombo, Sri Lanka27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
How breathtakingly beautiful place to have a morning walk..

#travel #solo #nature #naturelovers #loveislove🌈 #california #sanfrancisco #usa
Written 13 April 2024
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Gvipin
Auckland, New Zealand230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Must visit in San Francisco and the only part of downtown that is fun and lively. Rest of downtown can be avoided and if have an hour or two is enough to explore, specially if one is doing Alcatraz tour.
Written 13 April 2024
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pbxl1
brussels764 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Some restaurants and eateries but otherwise not very special. Foodwise not very upscale food. There are other better places to go.
Written 27 March 2024
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
It is quite a vibrant and joyful region that allows spending high-quality time. It is cheerful and full of tourists. The region includes popular and picturesque piers, malls, shopping outlets, driving small race cars, and several activities. It is one of the best locations to reside and reserve the accommodation.
Written 26 March 2024
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FedUp
San Francisco, California5,839 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
When I have a friend visit from out of town, I drive along the Embarcadero all the way along Pier 39 then past the Cannery without stopping until Bay & Hyde. That way they can say they saw the Wharf. Yawn. The only reason locals go there is because the only In N Out Burger in the City is located there and to buy crab when in season.
Take your Bay Cruise and Alcatraz tour then move elsewhere.
Written 9 March 2024
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CLDP
Bedford UK136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I expected more…. There are quite a few shops selling souvenirs. A few restaurants.
Busy Saturday and Sunday,
Good views of Alcatraz and Golden Gate.
Boats trips from here
I would suggest a visit
Written 8 March 2024
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dmoncrief
Sugar Land, TX7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great service by Ancelvo! Wonderful food!! Got the stuffed fish. Awesome onion rings! Beautiful view! We can’t wait to come back!!
Written 16 February 2024
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Plenty of shops and restaurants to explore and try out, though it is a tourist destination. My favorite is the seals on Pier 39.
Written 3 February 2024
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Theresa M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We stayed at the Hotel Zephyr which was perfect to explore the neighbourhood. Sadly some restaurants and bars have not recovered from the Covid situation but there is plenty to do. The sea-lions are adorable, we enjoyed food at Boudins, the Great Eagle and the Wipeout bar. The boat trip to Alcatraz set off from a short walk away at Pier 33. We had a really good day out on the hop on hop off bus which took us is to all the main attractions. The cable car is a great experience, and within walking distance.
Written 31 January 2024
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