Fisherman's Wharf

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Historic Fisherman's Wharf is the classic San Francisco experience where you will find a range of hotels, specialty restaurants, famous attractions, unique shops, breathtaking scenery and entertainment for the whole family.
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Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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Sunnee R
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SO many things to see and do in this area. Boudin bakery, restaurant, bakery, cafe, the Crab House, and te Fish Market for food. Tons of shirt and sweats to buy, it may be cooler and windier thant you expected. Take a cruise on the bay to get the true effect that San Francisco is on a peninsula surrounded on three isde by cool water. There are street performers, kiosks with stuff to buy and this is the area where you can pick up and retron from the Big Red Bus that takes you all around town, well worth the time and price IMHO. Hop on Hop off.
Written June 15, 2022
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Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,060 contributions
Solo
My visit was in early February, and found it rather quiet probably due to lack of tourists attributed by Covid.

Many shops and restaurants were also not in operations, as such the entire place was even quieter by 7pm.

Nevertheless, was still an interesting place to explore minus the crowd and managed to find some good eats like deep fried calamari or prawns and clam chowder from any of the 2 corner shops nearest to the Fisherman's Wharf iconic signage - something not to be missed if we love deep fried items.

Fisherman's Wharf is easily accessible by Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car line and also the tram or streetcar Line F.
Written March 30, 2022
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Paul H
Greater Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Family
Fisherman wharf is a tourist place but good to base self as close to pick up for tours.

However I recommend finding restaurant and food away from the wharf as the food there is way too oily which upset my stomach and I eat chilli's and spicy foods so its not nice at all, Burgers and fries were just terrible.

We had dinner at ghiradeli further away which was nice.. Steak and seafood and asian food that recommend

Italian quarter was nice for food but again too much oil in their food.
Written June 7, 2022
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Kelly V
Charlton, NY283 contributions
Family
We arrived in Cali on a Wednesday night, headed to our hotel room, and when out to dinner in San Fran in the Wharf for 8:45pm. We made reservations to a restaurant in the Wharf while in the airport waiting in line for our car rental. Although by the time we arrived to the wharf at 8:30pm, many of the shops I believe closed at 9pm. However great place to walk around, eat and watch the sea lions. Then next day on our way back from an Alcatraz tour we stopped in to eat at the Wipe Out for lunch, a great day to eat, people watch and shop. Most of the seals from the night before had since gone, so it probably depends on when you visit. My son who is 13 year old loved this place to just walk around and see the bay. Great views. We had a hotel within walking distance, so we did not have to worry about parking. The morning was very empty by lunch time many more people were out, but it never seemed crowded like NYC. I did see reviews about homeless people, but every big city you go to, they are there. We actually gave our leftovers to a homeless man. Love San Francisco!
Written August 4, 2022
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Livia Chauar
Milan, Italy129 contributions
Loved Fisherman's Wharf! Even though it was clearly designed as a place to spend money, I appreciated the setting, with the fun storefronts and the lovely carrousel. The surroundings were also pretty lively, something I missed from other areas of the city.

I wouldn't recommend shopping here (nor eating here, though). The shops sell the same good you will find elsewhere at lower prices, but it is fun to walk around! During the weekends, when the rest of the city was almost dead, this place was quite lively, probably what made me love it so much.
Written February 2, 2022
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Gagan_Gupta_1975
Macau, China654 contributions
A must visit place at any time of the day. I would recommend Evenings as it is more lively with some live bands and singers below the Fisherman's Wharf Sign.

Most of the attractions are at stone throw distance and the great Cruise also starts from here to enjoy the sea and a glimpse of Alcatraz Island.
Written May 4, 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,787 contributions
It is an iconic landmark in San Francisco. It's beginnings go back to the Gold Rush days in the 1800s and the Italian immigrants who sailed their "feluccas", lateen-rigged sailboats in pursuit of the days catch. Their mostly green vessels were constructed in Old world fashion with hulls carved in the image of their patron saints. Little if any on these vessels can be seen at Fisherman's Wharf today. Gasoline engine driven Monterey Hulls came next followed by diesel powered craft fully equipped with state of the art technology. While there are plenty of marinas and boats today, the old charm has long past. Even the fishermen who offered their Dungeness crabs from boiling urns in paper cups is now history and folktales.

The cable car invented by Andrew Hallidle in August 2, 1873 still runs along the Wharf. The Bayside History Walk marks the iconic history of Fisherman's Wharf with period landmarks and history plaques. Such landmarks include: the Italian Harbor Pier 9, Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point Pier 40, and Whaling on the West coast Pier 52, to name a few.

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive which was created in 1938 includes Fisherman's Wharf. It starts at City Hall and passes by many historic and iconic landmarks in San Francisco.

There are great views of Alcatraz on Pier 33 and boisterous seals rest on docks waiting for more tourists to photograph them. The main attraction today is the !.000 foot long Pier 39 the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. Shops and restaurants abound. Bubba Gump, Hard Rock , Houdinis Magic Shop, Aquarium by the Bay and the Alcatraz Gift Shop are the attractions of today's Fisherman's Wharf. The day's of Joe DiMaggio and his ancestors can no longer be seen.
Written December 26, 2020
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hectorfrommiami
Miami, FL262 contributions
I have not been here in 10 years or more, and I noticed some changes, like a few places that are closed and some used to be icons in the area. The area is great for a walk, and it has plenty of eateries, regular shops, souvenir shops (keep an eye on prices here), as well as some specialty shops like the candy store It's Sugar and other known ones. From here you can take a boat to the famous Alcatraz jail, see the sea lions on the docks (if you are lucky, I was not this time), walk to Pier 39 with its stores, see the 2 story carousel (the only 2 story one I have seen myself so far), and end up in Ghirardelli Square for a taste of excellent chocolate products
Written July 9, 2022
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Joan L
San Francisco, CA76 contributions
I'm a local living by Ocean Beach. Having to kill three hours due to workmen, I, again, sauntered to Fisherman's Wharf via the two Fantana Buildings near Ghiradelli Square. The day was gorgeous and the Square was full of nice shops, restaurants and fun things to do. The views are spectacular and I also recommend visiting the outdoor S.F. Maritime Museum. It's free, except if you go into the moored ships. Then, walk down to the rest of the area. Behind the No 9. Fisherman's Wharf restaurant is a historic museum displaying the decades old pin ball machines and many authentic 1920, l930, and up fun items to use.

Yes, the stores and restaurants can be very expensive, but not being a shopper. I spent three hours wonderful hours and just had a latte with snacks I bought from home.
Written March 9, 2020
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northernk
Phoenix, AZ10,616 contributions
There is and will always be something pleasant and special about spending the day wandering around the wharf and pier areas here, visiting the shops and having lunch. Sure some of it has changed and a few places have closed. But, new places will come in and the majority is still the same. Parking can be expensive though so do some research on prices the lot i used was 42 dollars just for a few hours.
Written February 24, 2022
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