Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco
Fisherman\'s Wharf featuring a city and a marina

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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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 AU$159 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,436 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

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
The price is AU$249 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco Maritime Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (854 reviews)
"perfect location to be on vacation and access multiple options to visit san Francisco."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Hotel Caza Fisherman’s Wharf
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
The price is AU$216 per night from 1 Dec. to 1 Dec.
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of USS Pampanito, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Exploratorium are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,170 reviews)
"Great Staff"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Fisherman's Wharf, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco
4 out of 5
250 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$278 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in North Beach, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of USS Pampanito and Pier 39. Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street are also within 15 ...
4/5 Very Good! (2,015 reviews)
"I liked having a mini s’mores kit. The parking should be free or cheaper though. Overall it was a nice stay. When I feel like splurging I might stay again."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

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
The price is AU$208 per night from 3 Dec. to 3 Dec.
Located in North Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of USS Pampanito, Ghirardelli Square and Lombard Street. Pier 39 and Exploratorium are also within ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,278 reviews)
"awesome!!"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Hyatt Centric Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
4.5 out of 5
495 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA
The price is AU$391 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
This family-friendly San Francisco hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square. Lombard Street and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,208 reviews)
"We love staying at the Argonaut! A great hotel in San Francisco!"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2021

Argonaut Hotel - a Noble House Hotel
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