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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. 

Accommodation in Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is very popular with tourists, and boasts a nice assortment of places to stay. Expedia's Fisherman's Wharf lodging guide makes booking a breeze.

Two of the more higher-quality Fisherman's Wharf hotel options in which you'll enjoy the best amenities in town, are the Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square, at 900 N Point Street, and The St. Regis San Francisco, at 125 3rd St. If you're after something a bit cheaper, the Wharf Inn, 2601 Mason St, or the Layne Hotel, 545 Jones St, could suit your requirements better.

If your time here is short and you'd like to stay close to Union Square, the Loews Regency San Francisco and the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco ought to tick all your boxes.

Popular Activities for your Fisherman's Wharf Vacation

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Got a little time on your side? Make your way to our Fisherman's Wharf things to do page for a full list of activities.


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Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf ¥18,713
Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf

425 North Point, San Francisco, CA
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 6,900 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Hotel Zoe Fisherman's Wharf is 2 blocks from Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and the Alcatraz Island ferry.

    Hotel Zephyr ¥15,426
    Hotel Zephyr

    Hotel Zephyr

    250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 3,951 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Pier 39. San Francisco Bay and Ghirardelli Square are also within 15 minutes. Ferry Building Station is 29 minutes by foot.

      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf ¥35,702
      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

      Pier 2620 Hotel Fisherman's Wharf

      2620 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 5,481 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fishermans Wharf Cable Car Turnaround, Hyde Street Pier, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Pier 39 are also within 15 minutes.

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel ¥25,590
        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel

        495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 6,637 reviews
          4.5 out of 5.0

          Across the street from San Francisco Bay, this boutique hotel occupies a creatively converted 1909 brick warehouse; fun-filled Fisherman's Wharf is right outside; the Alcatraz ferry is 6 blocks away.

          Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel ¥23,279
          Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

          Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel

          2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 4,653 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This smoke-free San Francisco Sheraton is within 2 blocks of the cable car turnaround and Pier 39, 5 blocks from Ghirardelli Square, and within 1 mile of Lombard Street and Chinatown.

            Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco ¥27,868
            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, from 2,509 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Guests can hop a cable car right outside this hotel; stroll 2 blocks for fun on Fisherman's Wharf; explore the delights of Ghirardelli Square, 3 blocks away; and walk 5 blocks to the Alcatraz ferry.

              Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf ¥21,153
              Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf

              Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf

              550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
                 
                4.2
                of 5, from 2,587 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This San Francisco hotel is within 2 blocks of Fisherman's Wharf and less than 2 miles from the Union Square District.

                Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf ¥19,698
                Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

                Holiday Inn San Francisco-Fisherman's Wharf

                495 Beach St, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 5,858 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located just 1 mile from Union Square, this Holiday Inn is within 2 blocks of Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.

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