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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 377 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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East Midlands
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This place is commercialism and consumerism at their worst. It is just horrible. The whole area is full of chinese owned and run shops selling tat made in China. And I mean REAL TAT that you would never normally spend money on under any circumstances. Disgusting hot dogs, clam chowder galore, candy floss can you believe?, something called 'salt-water taffy'... More

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San Luis Obispo
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I stayed at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf for four days during a conference. I was out walking by 6:00 am and then out in the evening after the conference schedule. The place has so much going on with great food, shops and attractions, but the City needs to do something about the panhandler, vagrants and homeless problem there. During the... More

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Houston, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My sister and I stayed near the Fisherman's Wharf for our one day in San Francisco, and it definitely came through as a San Francisco Must Do. There are so many different views to take in and things to do in and around the Fisherman's Wharf. We had an excellent time there.

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Thetford, Vermont
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Mostly a tourist trap but one of those places you have to check out as a first-time visitor to San Francisco. The shops have tacky, expensive gifts and the food is overcharged but it's good. Check out Boudin Bakery and its breads shaped like different animals, but get your chowder in a breadbowl somewhere else to beat the lines and... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit, The cable cars, place to eat entertainment, and all very close to each other. Great place for pictures, and even better to just walk around, and you feel safe. If your in the area, give it a few minutes.

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Terrigal, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our experience of Fishermans Wharf. There were many restaurants to choose from, and even though I can't remember the name of the one we ate at, they all sold choose your own crabs and the most amazing chowder in sourdough cob! Yum! Would go back just for that!

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Lots of little shops and restaurants to choose from here. A good way to spend some family time while roaming the San Francisco waterfront. Pro tip - the neatest part is the carousel.

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Canada
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133 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Took the f street car for $2.25 from market and Powell. The street car is very crowded. Fisherman's wharf has lots to do, lots of great seafood restaurants. Lots of stores and shopping, plus a amusement area. Watch the seals and great views of Alcatraz, and San Francisco Bay. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge from the dock. You... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Cheap shops with cheap goods, lots of restaurants and people watching. We've tried a couple restaurants on the wharf with only Wipe Out as a good option. There is a stage in the middle of the wharf with free shows. A must be see if you're in the area. You really can spend a whole day discovering the wharf!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Typical tourists attraction, full of shops, cafes etc, noisy but everyone having a good time. Good to hang around & enjoy a leisurely walk if you have time in your hands. Enjoyed just looking around & enjoying a snack.

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