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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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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,

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I love the Embarcadero. My friend Adrienne and I often walk the stretch from Brannan St down to Pier 39 on Saturdays. It's a really peaceful and relaxing way to get some Cardio in, LOL. There are several places to stop along the way to grab a cup of Joe (Starbucks) or a bread bowl of Clam Chowder (several options... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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