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Fisherman’s Wharf

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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Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel £175
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2019
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Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
     
    3.9 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good location. Rooms are okay. Clean but not huge.

    Hotel Zephyr £132
    Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019
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    Hotel Zephyr

    Hotel Zephyr

    250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      very unique and pleasing atmosphere/decor. very friendly staff. Only real issues were the ice machine near my room wasn't working and I had to walk to the far end of the hotel to find ice. Also one of the elevators wasn't working so getting up and down took extra long due to waiting for the remaining ...

      Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf £132
      Reviewed on 14 Jun 2019
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      Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

      Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

      425 North Point, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.2 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff was great, rooms were nice, close to Fisherman’s Wharf.

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel £186
        Reviewed on 15 Jun 2019
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        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          What it lacks in amenities it make up for in location and staff. I would highly recommend it.

          Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf £147
          Reviewed on 12 Jun 2019
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          Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf

          Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf

          550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
             
            4.3 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            The breakfast options were great. Proximity to the piers was amazing. A very walkable location.

            Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf £133
            Reviewed on 13 Jun 2019
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            Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

            Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

            495 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
               
              3.9 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very welcoming! Clean room, comfy beds. Very well located.

              Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco £138
              Reviewed on 4 Jun 2019
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              Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

              Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

              555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
                 
                4.1 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Very nice property in good location: close to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Nice exercise facilities, didn’t use the pool. Main thing is they don’t mention parking charge of $59.00 per night; although they did allow us to keep the car there after check out and after site seeing. Definitely ...

                Wharf Inn £156
                Reviewed on 3 Jun 2019
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                Wharf Inn

                Wharf Inn

                2601 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.6 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Convenient to Fisherman's Wharf, friendly staff, good hot water, rooms could use some updating.

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