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Things to do in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighbourhood
“One of the most popular destinations for tourists -- there are attractions such as museums, souvenir stores, historical buildings and piers, and scenic vistas over the Bay. Bring a jacket! ”
  • 257 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fun here! See seals, ride Merry-go-Round, eat something delicious, browse the shops, take lots of pictures.”
  • 125 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
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“If you have time, I would recommend heading to Ghirardelli Square to have a warm cup of Hot Chocolate.”
  • 102 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“North Beach is San Francisco's Little Italy, with dozens of delicious Italian restaurants, cafes, live music on weekends and a nice park.”
  • 107 locals recommend
Bar
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“Restaurant bar to go to when you are visiting Fisherman's Wharf or Ghiradelli Square. It is famous for it's Irish Coffee. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Museum
“This hidden gem in San Francisco is right in the heart of the Fisherman's Wharf district. It's a privately owned museum with coin-operated machines and games. It includes everything from hand-cranked games to Ms. Pacman. It's free to enter, but you must pay to play. You will find it on Pier 45 in Shed A. It's free to visit and open most days of the year. Address: Pier 45, Shed A at the end of Taylor Street in Fisherman's Wharf Hours: 10am to 7pm, Monday - Friday; 10am to 8pm, Saturday - Sunday; 10am to 8pm most holidays”
  • 63 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Reserve months in advance close to Fisherman’s wharf and Pier 39 on North Point and Hyde. One of the best restaurants in the city for special occasions and just an excellent meal.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“If you're visiting California, you probably have heard about In-N-Out. This San Francisco location is a bit unique -- it is one of only a few In-N-Outs without a drive-through, and this is the only location in San Francisco. Though I recommend staying away from Fisherman's Wharf, I think that In-N-Out is a great stop if you are exploring the North Beach neighborhood or walking through Aquatic Park or Fort Mason.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Enjoy the beach and views at the foot on my street. Or "Sit on the Dock of The Bay"”
  • 14 locals recommend
National Park
“I would be remiss if I didn't recommend this wonderful little historical park where you can climb aboard and tour historic sailing and steam ships--it is where I work! Don't miss the free Visitor Center across from Hyde Stret Pier as well! You will learn a lot about the waterfront history of SF!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pier
“Pier 39 is extremely touristy but kind of fun if you have never been. There are all sorts of shops and food spots that are selling San Francisco souvenirs, sourdough bread, ice cream etc. There is an arcade, street performers and the Aquarium By the Bay is small but pretty cool, especially for younger kids.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Place to eat
“DescriptionFisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city's busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn, as do postcard views of the bay, Golden Gate and Alcatraz. There’s also a colony of sea lions to see and historic ships to tour. At Ghirardelli Square, boutiques and eateries reside in the famed former chocolate factory. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
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“If you come to SF you have to eat Sourdough bread. In the heart of Tourist area is a factory/restaurant/store. Don't miss this on your tour!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A San Francisco Classic that sits near fishermans wharf. great seafood and great views. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“The Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with marine life. Stroll through 300 feet of clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of Bay water, touch tidepool animals, and delight in viewing playful river otters up close.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Restaurant bar to go to when you are visiting Fisherman's Wharf or Ghiradelli Square. It is famous for it's Irish Coffee. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Reserve months in advance close to Fisherman’s wharf and Pier 39 on North Point and Hyde. One of the best restaurants in the city for special occasions and just an excellent meal.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“If you're visiting California, you probably have heard about In-N-Out. This San Francisco location is a bit unique -- it is one of only a few In-N-Outs without a drive-through, and this is the only location in San Francisco. Though I recommend staying away from Fisherman's Wharf, I think that In-N-Out is a great stop if you are exploring the North Beach neighborhood or walking through Aquatic Park or Fort Mason.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bakery
“If you come to SF you have to eat Sourdough bread. In the heart of Tourist area is a factory/restaurant/store. Don't miss this on your tour!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“A San Francisco Classic that sits near fishermans wharf. great seafood and great views. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great Views. A half Block down the street in Ghirardelli Square. Best 3 - 6 weekday Happy Hour food in the City.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“ "Hands down to one of the best clam chowder! Scoma’s is a seafood restaurant in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s known for friendly service, family traditions & fresh Italian seafood.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Roadhouse
“Head shots of Hollywood stars decorate this casual cafe, which serves breakfast & lunch standards.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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