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"TOURISTY...but a necessary evil!" Fisherman's Wharf Tip by jadedmuse

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco: 189 reviews and 373 photos

  Bay ferry leaving the Pier area
by jadedmuse

If you're new to San Francisco, you have to do the obligatory visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Unfortunately, you'll be turned off by all the tacky touristy stalls selling doo-dads and what-nots. On the OTHER HAND, you might also enjoy the vendor who is selling dungeness crab - the local specialty.

For me, one of the main reasons to go here is to take a photograph of those fat, lazy seals that loll around the docks at Pier 39. They're so funny!

But I would never eat here - overpriced and designed to attract tourists who too easily part with their money without realizing that San Francisco has so many great eating establishments offering a better value for the buck. (for a few great local eateries, see my restaurant tips.)

On a positive note, Fisherman's Wharf is where you'll also find those fantastic views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and much more. It's always hustling and bustling, with the Cannery on the west end and the ferry boats leaving for the Alcatraz tours on the east end.

Address: Shoreline near Jefferson between Powell and Hyde
Directions: Marina District
Phone: 415-626-7070

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2005
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