Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

3.4
Encompassing the northern waterfront of San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf ranks as one of the city's top tourist attractions, packed with souvenir shops and seafood restaurants. Nearly 12 million visitors flock to this neighborhood each year, drawn by its museums, galleries, historical buildings, piers, and scenic vistas over the San Francisco Bay. For over a century the area served as the headquarters of the city's fishing fleet, which numbered nearly 500 vessels. Though the fleet's numbers dwindled over time, the remaining boats continue to supply some of the city's finest restaurants with fresh seafood. You can enjoy views of the bay from any number of restaurants, but try to explore other attractions as well, like the maritime museum, chocolate factory, and the infamous Alcatraz Island. To visit Fisherman's Wharf on your holiday in San Francisco, and find out what else San Francisco has to offer, use our San Francisco trip planner .
Create an itinerary including Fisherman's Wharf
map
Fisherman's Wharf Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
15,071 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • You can't go to San Francisco without coming here to Fisherman's Wharf. It's easy to walk around, the street food (clam chowder in sour bread bowl is a classic), the shops and arcade makes is a fun en...  more »
  • Great place to shop tourist trap type stores and find something to eat. The people watching is even better. Easy to get to via the cable car as well. Touristy but worth a visit.  more »
  • So arriving on sunday and staying nearby I wandered down to check out Fisherman's Wharf and all I was thinking was "thank God I don't have the kids with me". It was alarming the level of police activi...  more »

Plan your trip to San Francisco

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in San Francisco by other users

29 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in West Coast BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in San Francisco BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in California BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, kids, culture, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE July, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans