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The Embarcadero

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Address: Embarcadero Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94111

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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The Embarcadero runs from Fishermans Wharf all the way to past AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants. Along the way there is the Exploratorium, fascinating to children AND adults.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you are still here after that corny title, you should know that it is at the end of Market Street and there is always something going on there. I recently played Bocce Ball there in the middle of a thriving market selling jewelry, art, and other unique items. Often there are fairs promoting Firefighter Chili Cook-Offs, or music. You'll... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Embarcadero runs from Fishermans Wharf all the way to past AT&T Park, home of the SF Giants. Along the way there is the Exploratorium, fascinating to children AND adults.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to get away from the touristy shops and people watch, relax, unwind and chill. Easy to walk from the Ferry Building, or if you have a pass, jump on the many old street cars, they are charming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of a kind bay area view; different from other bay area or beach views. Just a pace to relax and to unwind after a hectic day.

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Somis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We walked all the way from the Ferry Building (must visit) to the wharf. Much to see. Nice walk along the waterfront. You can have lunch in the Ferry building or the Wharf.

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Metairie, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I used this to run on while in San Fran. It was nice. There were benches and a few cafes or bars and it passed some nice landmarks. It's a nice spot to use in the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's one of the things you kind of have to do when visiting San Francisco. We were surprised at how clean it was and we probably noticed more because we walked rather than drove or took a tram. It has loads of character and is worth walking.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

At night the Bay Bridge is very pretty. Monday night was a full moon, so after dinner took some great photograph. Go to different piers to get different views. We start south of the Ferry Building and worked our way North.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved the Embarcadero - great for a walk, good views. Lots of locals use the Embarcadero for running/jogging/cycling. It basically runs along the bay front. We liked the area near The Ferry Building. You can walk all the way along to Fisherman's Wharf past the Alcatraz Ferry Pier and Pier 39. Restaurants and cafes along the way. Worth doing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

lots of cute shops and restaurants, and lovely to walk around on a sunny day. there are lots of homeless there, but fewer than many other areas of the city, but it doesn't reek of urine like the rest of the city.

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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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