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The Embarcadero

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Address: Embarcadero Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94111
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a bustling...
Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a bustling area of shops, businesses and sightseeing attractions.
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Quintessential San Francisco

If you visit San Francisco, you have to walk the Embarcadero, preferably from Red's Java House (under the Bay Bridge) to Fishermans Wharf and beyond. The views over the bay are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

If you visit San Francisco, you have to walk the Embarcadero, preferably from Red's Java House (under the Bay Bridge) to Fishermans Wharf and beyond. The views over the bay are great and there's no better place in the city for people-watching. There's also an incredible variety of shops, restaurants, and diversions along the way. Here's a tip a lot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The embarcadero has a muni (train) stop right at it. It's one stop after the Financial District. It's packed with skyscrapers and it's gorgeous. A must go in San Francisco.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Walking the Embarcadero area along the pier in San Francisco is a must for tourists. Beautiful, clean area with restaurants and shops with great view of the bay.

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Dublin, Ireland
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I took a lot of photos of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, boats and birds along this walk - it's a really nice stretch for taking photos and taking in the beautiful watery scenery!

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West Hollywood
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I work in San Francisco but live in LA. Thankfully the office is blocks from the walk along the Bay and the Embarcadero. No matter what the day, gloomy, misty, sunny, hot, the walk is restful and full of sights. On my last trip I was at first disappointed that the rotating art piece of the "spaceship" was gone and... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This is THE place to visit in evenings. The view at night when everything just lights up is amazing. A must visit. Carry a good camera because you will have lot to click.

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New York City, New York
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138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

can't imagine omitting this from a tourist visit to this city...great to walk around, especially on one of San Fran's many sun dappled blue sky days...fun people watching, lots to interesting locals doing their idiosyncratic urban lifestyles writ large, right on top of the financial district, so good place to walk around, and, of course, you will not go hungry... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It's always great to come here. The weather is always unpredictable though. Bring a light weight jacket in the summer for sure the wind is cold,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There is everything on the Embarcadero, great views, wonderful restaurants, a farmers' market on Saturday and Tuesdays. Amazing place and very walkable.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

This is an ideal place for a stroll along the Bay. There are the occasional restaurant to eat at on the way but the main places are either the Ferry Building near the Bay Bridge or there is a cafe at Pier 33 where the Alcatraz ferry leaves from. After that it's only a short walk to Pier 39. It... More 

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Financial District
The Financial District lies just east of Chinatown but can seem a world apart given it’s San Francisco’s version of Wall Street. The rush of business people make up a hectic weekday and add to a frenetic pace of life, but visitors who spend a few hours walking the narrow streets will be rewarded with fine examples of historic and contemporary architecture, including the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. After business hours, bars and restaurants quickly fill up with happy hour revelers. Stocks aren’t the only kind of market being followed, the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero is a gourmet food emporium and farmers market that will satisfy anyone working up an appetite.
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