Fisherman's Wharf

Overview

With some of San Francisco's most beloved restaurants and bars, not to mention its famous attractions, Fisherman's Wharf is always a favorite of tourists and locals. One could spend an entire afternoon engaging in the sights and sounds of this action-packed part of the city or choose to steal a relaxing moment gazing at the sea lions along Pier 39 or on a bench at the Aquatic Park Cove.
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Where to Live

This unique real estate market boasts such contrast as condos from both the modern high-rise buildings to those of historically charming Victorian gems and Mediterranean styles. Apartments offer highly valuable amenities like gyms, but still come with a significant cost, though somewhat less expensive than other neighborhoods.

Where to Eat

The smells of freshly baked sourdough bread bowls and clam chowder waft through the air of various street vendors. Cafes, diners, sushi, steak, Italian and Indian restaurants are also convenient for those that prefer dining-in or options other than seafood. Popular restaurants offer seafood that is unbeatable and one of the few reasons locals head to Fisherman's Wharf. Other restaurants in the area offer excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Of course no trip to the Wharf would be complete without a quick stop for dessert like hot chocolate so thick you could eat it with a spoon.

What You'll See

This is a tourist's haven so be willing to endure large crowds and traffic especially during summer months. There are eclectic and diverse street performers from drummers to dancers and jugglers to comedians. Plenty of people line the streets to take advantage of attractions, like Aquarium of the Bay, and multiple museums, comedy clubs, theatres, and more. Major hotels and inns line Jefferson and Beach Streets to house visitors from all over the world.

Friday Night Fun

Head to a bar or piano lounge for inexpensive drinks and musical entertainment. Locals appreciate bars that have a commitment to preserving the original architectural details like the ceiling's cherubs and small-town feel amongst the sea of tourism. To awaken your inner child, try a sports bar or arcade at the end of Pier 39, featuring video games and nightly prizes. Preferring the street scene to bars, many stroll the piers or streets sipping on Irish coffees as the city takes on a whole new appeal when the sun goes down.

The Perfect Sunday

Relish in all that this neighborhood has to offer. Let your kids ride the carousel on Pier 39, visit the Maritime Historical Park on Pier 45, or catch the Sausalito Ferry along Pier 41 for an interesting and beautiful approach to view the Bay. Enjoy the waterfront marketplaces where you can indulge in the souvenir shops crowded with tourists. Check out a local legend, the "World Famous Bushman." This street entertainer has been popping out of branches and harmlessly startling tourists for nearly 30 years. You can usually spot him from the gathering crowds waiting in anticipation for his next passerby and the crowds adore him.

Locals Love

Seafood • Entertainment options • Diversity.

Locals Don't Love

Tourists • Scarce parking • Crowds.

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  • Grades K-5
  • 397 Students
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  • Grades K-8
  • 601 Students
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  • Grades K-8
  • 690 Students
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  • Grades 9-12
  • 2718 Students
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  • Grades K-8
  • 579 Students
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  • Grades 9-12
  • 1909 Students
(150 Reviews)
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