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Fisherman's Wharf

Jefferson Street, Between Hyde and Powell Streets, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fisherman's Wharf)
+1 415-673-3530
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #66 of 374 attractions in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Yes, it is over-the-top touristy, although it has one or two high points.  Yet, for some reason, Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's most popular... more »
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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London, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

By virtue of the fact I hadn't done any touristy things while in SF last summer, a colleague of mine suggested we cram in the Powell Street cable car and Fisherman's Wharf on my penultimate day after 9 weeks in the city. What a regret that happened to be... It was your standard, crowded, over-priced tourist fare, complete with socks-with-sandals-wearing... More

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Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This area of San Francisco has everything from the views of Alcatraz, The Bay, The Golden Gate Bridge to the Sea Lions that call Pier 39 their home to the great range of restaurants, cafes and of course Boudins Bakery. We enjoyed eating the clam chowder that this area is famous for on the pier overlooking the great views and... More

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Stormville, New York
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Everyone suggested i go to the wharf when visiting SF. It is very beautiful and lined with shops and restaurants. There are lots of places to buy souvenirs. Definitely a good place to go if you like to eat seafood. It has very beautiful views but it is filled with tourists, definitely not for people who want off the beaten... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

You will want to go to the Wharf if you are in San Francisco. Food and general crowd atmosphere is fun. My business associates enjoyed it but wished I had the family with me.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
115 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Do I think you should visit Fisherman's Wharf, yes. I think it is a SF sight to be seen. My biggest problems with the Wharf is it can be very crowded and it seems dirty in areas. The good things are some very nice restaurants, some unique shops and people watching. My favorite thing is to eat at some of... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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213 reviews 213 reviews
97 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This area of San Francisco is full of history & charm. Yes, it is touristy, but fun & exciting ! The variety of shops, restaurants, water views & wildlife all add to this experience.

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Reno, Nevada
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29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Wharf is cool for shopping and eating like you are at a state fair. It offers great views of the bay, Alcatraz and the city. There is far far better food in the city so walk a few blocks away into the city if you want better food.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

wonderful walk along the wharf plenty to see and plenty shops, and plenty eateriies, just a great experience, see the seals at Pier 39, also Hard Rock Cafe on the wharf too.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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119 reviews 119 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I haven't been to San Francisco in over 10 years, and was candidly shocked to see how dirty the city is. That truly made us uncomfortable, and it wasn't just Fishermans Wharf - it was all over the city. The restrooms were far and few in between, and were filthy. As expected, the crowds were huge, so be prepared. There... More

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Wonthaggi, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Didn't spend a great deal of time here but glad to say its ticked off the list. The iconic sign is right at the corner of a busy intersection and the beginning of the wharf. There is a constant group of people waiting for a photo opportunity of the sign, which is worth it. Down the pier there are a... More

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