Fishermans Wharf, near the Financial District, is among the city’s most popular tourist spots. The waterfront area is home to many high profile business buildings and shopping venues. The buildings range from old charter boats and steamships to newer high rise towers. Souvenir stores and stalls sell clam chowder and crab meat in wooden bread bowls, as do post card views of the infamous bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.
At Fishermans Wharf San Francisco, there are two different kinds of restaurants. The Marina, which is the oldest, is a short walk from the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero. The other is the Crocker Gallery, which is the closest to the heart of Fishermen’s Wharf. Here you can enjoy waterfront restaurants, live music and events, and a variety of shops.
The Marina is one of the most popular places for tourist weddings. The Ferry building is directly across the water from the marina, and offers scenic pictures of Fisherman’s Wharf. Fishermen’s Wharf is home to many hotels and boutiques. Several small boutiques are situated on each corner of Fisherman’s Wharf. These have unique and interesting items for sale, and bargain hunters will be attracted to these shops.
Another popular attraction is the Embarcadero, which is located north of Fisherman’s Wharf. It is the former warehouse for the giant dry cleaner Scripps Howard. A dock adjacent to the wharf was built for the cruise liner Deutschland Line, and has a number of pedestrian walkways in addition to its being a public park. A beautiful park with picnic tables and chairs and flowers is adjacent to the dock.
The Marina has a wide range of hotel options, from high-end luxury resorts to low budget hotels. There are many popular restaurants, bars, and clubs, as well as some excellent shops and boutiques. The hotels themselves vary in style and price. Some are top-notch business hotels, while others may look like a Ramada Inn or a Holiday Inn. There are luxury hotels as well, which tend to cater to the high-class clientele that frequents Fishermens Wharf.
There are some drawbacks to visiting Fishermens Wharf. Due to the high amount of tourists that visit San Francisco on an annual basis, Fishermen’s Wharf experiences a shortage of parking spaces. The pedestrian mall across the street from the wharf is also sometimes crowded. Fishermen’s Wharf is also very close to the ferry that brings people to the Ferry Building, so a walk from the wharf to the Ferry Building can get quite long. If you plan to visit San Francisco and make a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf, I would highly recommend that you consider taking a rental car.