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The Embarcadero

Address: Embarcadero Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94111 (The Embarcadero)
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Ranked #61 of 333 Attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Neighborhoods, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: 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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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

The Embarcadero is Spanish for pier or wharf based on the eastern waterfront along San Francisco Bay constructed on reclaimed land. Its a popular tourist magnet as you have views of the Bay Bridge it continues north past the Ferry Building at Market Street, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39, before ending at Pier 45. You can see the sea lions,... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

fabulous waterfront boulevard, skating rink and palm trees all combine here and also is home to the Ferry building. We went here also on New years eve, eventhough several 1,000's had the same idea,a bit crowded but the fireworks display was well worth the effort!

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

If you can, take public transportation around SF. That said, it wasn't hard for us to find street parking on a weekend in the back streets of the Financial District (try around Sansome). There are tons of places for one to shop and eat, and though they may not all be the most economical or the most interesting - seeming... More 

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China, Texas
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We stayed in Oakland during December and had a chance to visit SFC arriving from Oakland to The Embarcadero by Ferry. We visited the nice and charm shopping center, full of organic, environment friendly and gourmet shops and restaurants... Cheese shops, Blue bottle coffee, olive oils, organic food, meat shops etc. A bit pricey but recommend to go shop some... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

There is some shopping, and you can see the ocean.... but if you don't have much time in San Fran.... it would be my last choice. If you are going to do a cruise of the bay, you will probably catch it here....

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Embarcadero is a great place to visit. Great food, great shopping, great views, great people watching. Best place to catch a glimpse of the Bay Bridge. Nothing beats a cup of hot coffee with the view of the Bay. If you are up to it, a great place to start a long walk past all the piers up to... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Some of the best views in all of San Francisco. Tourists and locals alike head to the Embarcadero to take in the sites and get some fresh air. Runners, skateboarders and walkers all love a stroll along the waterfront. Hit the big spots like the Ferry Building or the various piers.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

From past trips (2009, 2010) -- amazing views of the sunset, the Bay Bridge and numerous rides to Pier 39. Clam chowder and winters go hand-in-hand! Can't avoid the famed Bay-Area traffic, it reaches well past 100,000 vehicles each day. You also can't avoid the quintessential morning 'worker' looking into the cabin mirror and applying lip-gloss at the steering wheel.

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Blue Mounds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We walked the Embarcadero and then also rode bikes. Walking at a slower pace is nice but the end toward the bridge was nice to ride since there are no cars. Overall a great part of San Francisco. The kids wanted to rent the bikes twice they liked it so much.

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Sydney, Australia
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Embarcadero is filled with scenery, life and variety. From beautiful buildings to street performers, the beautiful San Francisco Bay to naked people on bicycles (that was a little disturbing to be honest). It's a way to get places in San Francisco and worth a walk.

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