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“A perfect place for a walk”
Review of The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero
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Owner description: Major street in the port area of San Francisco that has become a bustling area of shops, businesses and sightseeing attractions.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A perfect place for a walk”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Each time I come to San Francisco I walk here. As I don't have a car here, this is the perfect walk to get anywhere - Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf etc. The view is always changing with different ships in the Harbor, even cruiser liners that are amazing in their size. You meet many people, all enjoying the fresh air. It is always fun and easy to walk on. I particularly enjoy the water front walk that goes behind the buildings.

Visited October 2013
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Moreno Valley, California
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“Without peer in America for dockside exploration”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Plan a day of it! From Fisherman's Wharf to the San Francisco Giants baseball park, the 4-mile stroll along The Embarcadero should be leisurely and inquisitive. Wear sturdy shoes and plan a return by bus transit to your starting point. Take your time to explore the many restored piers, docks and wharves of what was once one of the busiest shipping terminals in The World. Today, almost all the old shipping piers have been restored and re-purposed for restaurants, shops, museums and small businesses.

The Embarcadero continues to be a movable feast for the eyes and senses. Its heart, the Ferry Building zone is not only a transportation hub, connecting to BART, the MUNI and several ferry boats but also is an artistic and historic escape from the bustling nearby financial districts and the growing Cyber-empire South-of-Market. Tech firms are numerous in this area and their employees can crowd the docks at lunchtime. Restaurants range from Mom & Pops to corporate chains, from SE Asia to Norway, culinarily speaking. A few tiny, stand-up nostalgic dockside diners have survived near pier 22 and a few other places. You can almost imagine the husky stevedores taking in their authentic daily "Old Willie" sandwich of fried then split hot dogs with melted Monterey Jack cheese, on rye with sauerkraut dressing and washed down with a biting Anchor Steam Beer! Now that's a San Francisco treat!

Its best to walk or use transit from a remote parking area as parking along the Embarcadero is almost non-existing or is outrageously priced. Its not too good for bicycling due to pavement hazards, utility vehicles, visibility and pedestrian challenges. Bottom line: Explore to your heart's content. There are not too many thriving "embarcaderos" in this World and you should take advantage of your visit to soak in what is probably the best of them.

Visited December 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Nice place to walk in San Francisco...”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

We started at the end of the Powell Hyde cable car line and walked the all along the water until the Ferry One Market Building. It was a great day, stopping at Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and the various shops along the way. Lots to see, and eat. And the nice part is also that it is a flat area, so no hills...makes it an easy stroll.

Visited January 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Nice stop with plenty to do”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I'm especially posting about the ice skating rink set up when we visited. On New Years Eve my husband and 2 others in our family ice skated. I've skated once before in my life and it was great fun to be skating outside. It was pretty chilly in the beginning but after a few rounds of hanging on tight to the walls and falling, you warm up pretty quickly. The price was very reasonable and the 2 hours was more than enough.
As for the rest of the Embarcadero the facilities are very nice and there are many shops in there to browse and the restaurants looked busy and yummy.

Visited December 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Wide variety of things to do”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

The old streetcars running up & down the middle of the street create a real feeling of nostalgia. Lots of touristy things to do. Buskers & street artists are plentiful, but so are the panhandlers.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank Barbara H
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