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Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco

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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Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,032 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and Alcatraz Island are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,173 reviews)

"Love the friendliness of the staff. How close it was to everything"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

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Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
1250 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$3,310 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street, and Van Ness Avenue. Pier 39 and Fort Mason are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"The staff is friendly and helpful.... hotel is in a great spot within 10 mins of all the sight seeing spots lol... but the room was clean and comfortable... we ended up adding more days to our stay and upgraded our room to have a balcony which was a great move. Very satisfied with our stay!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

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Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
4 out of 5
555 N Point St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$3,866 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Ghirardelli Square, and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Van Ness ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,150 reviews)

"It was a great hotel. I enjoyed my stay over-there. The staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/22

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Wharf Inn
Wharf Inn
2.5 out of 5
2601 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$2,766 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also ...

3.5/5Good! (985 reviews)

"Close to area attractions. Very convenient for us we walked everywhere."…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/23

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Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
3.5 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
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This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (163 reviews)

"Hotel is in a very safe location, 2min walk to fisherman’s warf. Staff is very friendly, beds are soo comfortable and room and bathroom is spotless! My only complaint is there isn’t a mini fridge in the room which is pretty standard for most hotels. Plan to be charged $100 a night for ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/21

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Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
5 out of 5
900 N Point Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is NT$19,374 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square and Van Ness Avenue. Lombard Street ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (280 reviews)

"The concierge service was great. They went above and beyond for the anniversary retreat we were on"…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/18

Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
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