The Embarcadero and Taylor St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.809143 -122.415818
This place has a lot of cool shops and eateries. There's something for everyone and if you're in the SFO area it's a must see.
A place were you can find shops and fresh seafood around every corner. Make sure to try their clam chowder and lobster roll.
Don't forget your Sweater – I love it! Fisherman's Wharf is the place to visit during your stay in S.F, It has so many place's to shop! and some of the best restaurants. One thing to remember, is no matter how warm it is in other parts of San Francisco it is going to be chilly at Fisherman's Wharf. . Never the less it is a great place to be?
The Complete SF Experience – Fisherman's Wharf is awesome! Yes it may be crowded and fish alley is smelly, but this is the real deal. What fun to watch the crowds, enjoy the street performers - don't forget to give them a dollar or 10 - and enjoy the SF weather. In fact, after having eaten at several of the dining establishments in the area, the absolute best seafood can be found either on fish alley or at Boudin. You can have the white tablecloth, and pay 5x more for lesser quality seafood and bad service, or enjoy awesome seafood on the wharf at a price that will also make you happy while enjoying the sites sounds and salt water smell in the air. (just be sure to take cover from the pigeons.
What else to say – Whats a trip to San Francisco without Fisherman's Wharf. Eat crab out of a cardboard bowl, shop at a bizillion stores selling the same old T shirts. Watch the street performers. Take your picture a dozen times, and then go explore the real San Francisco if you have the time. Walk thru North Beach, or the Marina district. Go to the Castro district or even Union Square.
The whole enchilada – The Wharf is classic SF. Elegant chock-a-block with tawdry T-shirts. Go for the views, the smells (yes!), the street performers, and the corny stuff. Do eat at Boudin for the best clam chowder this side of Monterey. And the best sourdough in town, bar none. They now have incredible gourmet market as well! If you have kids, it's a must. They can go to the Wax Museum and you can escape for a nice latte! Later, go to the seafaring museum, there is still a lot of very authentic stuff here; you just have to walk a few blocks and ignore the tacky T-shirt shops. Those who require perfection should probably go elsewhere.
Trinket shops, sea lions and Ghirardelli chocolate star in this carnival by the bay. – The Appeal
Tourists get up early to greet the sunrise and brisk bay air with a hearty walk on the piers along Jefferson Street. Many hold their noses when turning onto Fish Alley, where fresh catches have been hauled since the 1860s, when Italian fishing boats filled the harbor and Beach Street was just a beach.
As the sun arcs higher, Fisherman's Wharf is overwhelmed by tourists and reinvented daily as a chaotic carnival of commercialism, replete with remarkably uneven shops and restaurants. Luckily, there are still places for the savvy traveler to escape and relax amid the frenzy.
The Seals are Tops – The best thing at Pier 39 is the Sea Lions. I could have watched them for hours. All the items for sale at FW are cheaper in Chinatown.
Day-at-the-fair atmosphere – Very touristy, but kind of fun. Cheap trinket shops are everywhere. The public restroom was tiny and not very clean. The freshly made crepes were great. The sea lions and occasional seal are fascinating. Interesting to see the fishing boats. Fairly good seafood at stands and little restaurants nearby. Not for discerning tastes but fun "day at the fair" type afternoon.
Seafood n' Shopping – My fiance and I made a smart move getting down here early (before 9:30). We were easily able to find parking and take in the many gift shops, eccentric characters, (the silver rap/mime dude was the standout), and tasty seafood. I thoroughly enjoyed the crab sandwich w/ sourdough bread, and their 'fast food' clam chowder WOW! It beats chowder in many of Chicago's trendier seafood restaurants. Sure it had a tourist trap feel, but we tourists could care less. We had fun! Can't get much more 'Frisco flavor than the Wharf.
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