Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

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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 .
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  • October 4, 2017
    Crowded, lots of fabulous eats & gift ideas for travelers. Be sure to see the Aquarium -- very nice!  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    None of us really enjoyed our stop here. Full of tourist shops and dirty footpaths there wasn't much that appealed. We had an over cooked meal, although some of the street food looked nice, we didn't ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Over rated, over priced, and over crowded. There are many more places to visit along the wharf, and they are well worth the walk.  more »
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  • June 12, 2017
    Amazing place to visit when you're in SF. Walking along the pier and then the boardwalk. So many awesome shops and restaurants to choose from. Great time to walk is midday to nighttime. You can find a lot of souvenir shops!
  • May 14, 2017
    Fisherman's Wharf is a fantastic place to visit when you are traveling in the City! There are so many cool places to sit and look at the views like Alcatraz, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and on a clear day from Pier 43, you'll be able to see the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. There's also lots to do when you get to Pier 39!! There are tons of shops here so you will find plenty of souvenirs for everybody. Definitely pay a visit to Ghiradelli Chocolates. It was founded here in San Francisco over 160 years ago. You will also have tons of sidewalk eateries including clam chowders and fresh crabs. If you prefer fine dining, you might want to try The Franciscan Crab Restaurant. It has been a part of Fisherman's Wharf since the 1950's! The first time we dined here was when I was eight years old with my parents. Lots of good memories. Lastly, One of the coolest part about Fisherman's Wharf in my humble opinion, are the street performers. They are so talented and truly, will inspire you. Until then, Cheers! ~ :p
  • May 31, 2017
    Lots or shops and restaurants. The sea lions are really fun to watch.
  • June 28, 2017
    Very crowded, but fun to walk around
  • April 10, 2017
    Too crowded place

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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.
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