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Fisherman's Wharf, CA
San Francisco

Fisherman\'s Wharf showing a city and a marina

This waterfront neighborhood dates back to the gold rush era and is a hub for tourist activities, sea lions and seafood restaurants.

The traditional waterfront life on this historic wharf founded in the mid-1800s has long since faded, with only a few fishing boats now serving a handful of local restaurants. For generations, Chinese and then Italian immigrants mined the rich ocean. The Italian fishermen were as colorful as the tiny wooden boats they sailed into the bay, singing arias while hunting for oysters, shrimp and Dungeness crabs and then selling their catch in stands along the wharf. While these craftsmen are no longer there, the festive environment of the wharf has been preserved.

Fisherman’s Wharf is now a thriving shopping and entertainment hub with souvenir stores, clam chowder stands, upscale seafood restaurants, museums and street performers. It’s a bustling day-and-night carnival that extends from Ghirardelli Square at the wharf’s west end to Pier 39 and its amusing sea lion population at the east end. The sea lions, who live on floating wooden platforms beside the pier for most of the year, are among San Francisco’s most famous and verbal residents.

For some old-fashioned fun, spend some time at the Musee Mecanique, an interactive collection of mechanical machines and penny arcades. Mingle with wax figures of your favorite movies stars at Madame Tussauds or experience what life was like aboard a World War II submarine with a visit to the USS Pampanito. If you have a few hours free, head to Pier 33 and catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island.

There are plenty of dining options here, from sidewalk stands to cafés and restaurants, with seafood front-and-center on many menus. However, you can also find Italian, Chinese and other sumptuous ethnic offerings. Many restaurants offer a quiet respite in which to refuel as well as great views of the ocean, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge.

The best way to visit this neighborhood is by public transport and on foot. Parking is available in the vicinity of the wharf but it’s not cheap. To really get you in the feel for old-time San Francisco, jump on the Powell/Mason cable car line and you'll land only a couple of blocks south of Fisherman's Wharf. The rattle and clang of the typically San Francisco transport adds to the spirit of the journey.


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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $118 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,380 reviews)
"Our favorite part was the sitting area outside of the hotel next to the fire pits. It was a nice way to relax and visit after a busy day of touring."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
The price is $119 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum, ...
4.2/5Excellent! (207 reviews)
"Nice location, easy to get to nearby attractions"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Van Ness ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,182 reviews)
"The first time i came here we parked on their on site for like 57$ i believe and the second time we parked offsite for $44 dollars. it's walking distance and it's not a bad parking garage. I will def park there next time i just go visit for the day. Will def stay here again as well. My go to was ..."

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, and Van Ness Avenue. Pier 39 and Fort Mason are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (925 reviews)
"Bery nice staff, great loaction and easy parking."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
The price is $173 per night from May 10 to May 10
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,551 reviews)
"Awesome hotel, great location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Wharf Inn
Wharf Inn
2.5 out of 5
2601 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also ...
3.5/5Good! (967 reviews)
"Close to everything we wanted to see. Easy and safe access."

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

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