Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco
Fisherman\'s Wharf showing a marina and a city
This waterfront location is steeped in history dating back to the days of the gold rush. Today, visitors come here for its vibrant atmosphere and great food.

Once the home of a traditional fishing industry, today only a few working boats remain. These few boats still bring in a regular supply of fresh fish to the area, which serves the local restaurants. In the past, generations of migrants fished the rich oceans surrounding this coastal site daily, and although most have now disappeared, the character of that era is still very much in evidence.

Today, Fisherman’s Wharf is a busy shopping and entertainment complex, comprising upmarket seafood restaurants, fascinating museums, and stands that sell delights such as piping hot clam chowder. In common with much of San Francisco, there is a decidedly bohemian feel about the area, with street performers lining the streets almost continuously. Day or night, the carnival atmosphere of this place is always present. The area stretches from Ghirardelli Square at the west end of the wharf, all the way to the iconic Pier 39, with its vocal sea lion population. The sea lions live on floating wooden platforms alongside the pier for large parts of the year and are a great source of entertainment for visitors.

There are plenty of places to eat, with seafood a particular speciality. However, if you’re not fan, there are also excellent Italian, Indian and Chinese restaurants. Many of the local eateries offer al fresco dining and have fantastic views over the bay area and landmarks like Alcatraz Island and the Bay Bridge.

Take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the Musée Mecanique with its delightful collection of penny arcades and antiquated mechanical machines. Or experience what life was like aboard a Second World War submarine at the USS Pampanito. Alcatraz Island with its notorious prison is also only a short boat ride away.

Access Fisherman’s Wharf via public transport or foot. Parking is available but it’s expensive or you could take a cable car for an authentic San Francisco experience.


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Top hotels in Fisherman's Wharf

Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2700 JONES STREET, San Francisco, CA, 94133
Fully refundable
The price is RM534 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
RM534
per night
21 Dec - 22 Dec
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (448 reviews)
"Convenient location with lots of restaurants walkable distance. Abaca the onsite restaurant has great food. The Hotel is clean, quiet and great staff."

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2022

Kimpton Alton Hotel - Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
4 out of 5
2500 Mason St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is RM540 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec
RM540
per night
19 Dec - 20 Dec
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (4,146 reviews)
Good location near FW
"High resort fee for what all hotels have for free"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2022

Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
4 out of 5
1300 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is RM587 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
RM587
per night
14 Dec - 15 Dec
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (2,019 reviews)
Perfect views and location
"We stayed in a Partial Bay View room with a great view of Alcatraz and a little bit of the Golden Gate. Views were spectacular and the room was clean and spacious. Location also can't be beat, the streets are definitely busy through the days and nights, but staying on the top floor, sound wasn't ..."

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2022

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is RM749 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
RM749
per night
11 Dec - 12 Dec
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy WiFi, valet parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,009 reviews)
"I loved the courtyard in the center of the hotel. I had crazy , amazingly gorgeous views from my room. The staff was consistently polite, kind , & helpful! Great place!"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2022

Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
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, 94133
The price is RM567 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
RM567
per night
20 Dec - 21 Dec
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,182 reviews)
"It is close to Fisherman's Wharf and walking distance from a Starbucks and the piers. It's also close to Beach St. Friendly staff and clean hotel."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2022

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
550 N Point St, San Francisco, CA, 94133
The price is RM592 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec
RM592
per night
14 Dec - 15 Dec
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Francisco. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,139 reviews)
"Location is excellent and close to a lot of the best things to see on Fisherman’s Wharf. Breakfast was really good. Tour guide was helpful and pointed us in the right direction as far as where to go and what to see."

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2022

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
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