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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 #65 of 375 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is definitely one of these places that everyone needs to go to at least once and the views from the piers are fabulous! Beware though that the restaurants and shops are way overpriced and you will find much better restaurants in town. The people watching is amazing but we were very annoyed by the street performers trying really hard... More

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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

You can not visit San Francisco without visiting Fisherman's Wharf if you enjoy the taste of the sea. Plenty to see and do. lots of shops and always something going on. I am aware that it may seem a bit tacky to some people, but you have to go and experience it for yourself and soak in the atmosphere of... More

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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is similar to the Iowa State Fair. Just a bunch of high priced shops and people walking around trying look interested in what they are seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

What can be said that hasn't already. It's cheesy, tacky, touristy, but we loved it. Great for people watching buying your holiday tat. Many restaurant's to suit all tastes. Try all the chowders on offer you won't need a meal. Walk the pier eat ice cream and let that inner child out. Plus you get great views and pic opportunities... More

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Irvine, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This was the first time that our family visited San Francisco. I have been there numerous times in my youth, and there were some changes since I was last there, but for the most part it was the same San Francisco as I remember. We went on July 13-14, and expected it to be really busy, however to my surprise... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Being from the Midwest you always hear about this place when you talk about San Francisco. Definitely need to experience it. Wonderful view of the bay, bridge and Alcatraz.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Had a walk around here putting in time for our late Alcatraz trip. It was Friday night and there were a lot of visitors and locals milling about the various restaurants and attractions. Local car park was fairly full but not jammed, many must have travelled from elsewhere. Plenty of places to eat but be prepared to wait if you... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As has been said many times already, it is a very tourist focussed area in SF. We spent 2 or 3 hours there on our way out of SF and enjoyed wandering about, in and out of stores. Prices on the higher end, but certainly not the worst I have had in the USA. We found some souvenirs that were... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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