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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Pier 39 or Fishermans Warf - come out for a walk, food and fun activities. ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Pier
“Pier 39 is extremely touristy but kind of fun if you have never been. There are all sorts of shops and food spots that are selling San Francisco souvenirs, sourdough bread, ice cream etc. There is an arcade, street performers and the Aquarium By the Bay is small but pretty cool, especially for younger kids.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“The Aquarium of the Bay provides unforgettable encounters with marine life. Stroll through 300 feet of clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of Bay water, touch tidepool animals, and delight in viewing playful river otters up close.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Informal seafood place offering a creative, crab-focused menu & views of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
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“A piece of San Francisco history and yummy bread all in one! The restaurant is a crowd pleaser, with soups, salads and sandwiches and lots of San Francisco sourdough bread. Be sure to go upstairs to see the museum and watch the bakers making the bread from start to finish. Combined with Musée Mécanique, this is our favorite thing about Fisherman's Wharf.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Street Address
“While I wouldn't recommend going to Pier 39 for any reason but because you "have to" This is a multiple ferry stop My profile picture is actually me, working aloft on a friend's sailboat.”
  • 1 local recommends
Seafood Restaurant
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“Fresh SF seafood Pier 39 (Fisherman's Wharf) Gluten Free Options Cost - $$”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“California Welcome Center on Pier 39 offers valuable information and services for today's traveler as well as luggage storage service.”
  • 1 local recommends
Travel Agency
“Fastest boat on the bay. If you want to get out on the water and not lose a whole day doing it, this 30 minute speed boat ride is the way to go. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Gift Shop
  • 1 local recommends
Light Rail Station
“Carnival-like atmosphere that is as essential to San Francisco's allure as the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a good starting point for all sorts of fun tourist activities. You can purchase any number of items (i.e. t-shirts, postcards, etc.) to prove you were here. The local jugglers and carousel give the area a family-friendly, circus-like atmosphere. It's like stepping into several postcards of our city by the bay. You can spot Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin headlands and the tip of the Transamerica building from the center of the pier. With more than 110 stores, 11 full service restaurants with bay views and numerous fun-filled attractions including arcades, aquari”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pier
“Quintessential tourist trap, but worth a quick look. The sea lions are usually on the back side of the pier. You can smell them a mile away. Fun for the kids.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“The mini donuts here are soooo good and a must-stop if you're in this tourist-y neighborhood. I love strolling from The Ferry Building to here.”
  • 1 local recommends
Theme Restaurant
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“If you are at Pier 39 and have a teen in tow. Used to be hot for teens. Second location in SF, originally located on Van Ness, auto row.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Informal seafood place offering a creative, crab-focused menu & views of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“A piece of San Francisco history and yummy bread all in one! The restaurant is a crowd pleaser, with soups, salads and sandwiches and lots of San Francisco sourdough bread. Be sure to go upstairs to see the museum and watch the bakers making the bread from start to finish. Combined with Musée Mécanique, this is our favorite thing about Fisherman's Wharf.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Fresh SF seafood Pier 39 (Fisherman's Wharf) Gluten Free Options Cost - $$”
  • 3 locals recommend
Pier
“Quintessential tourist trap, but worth a quick look. The sea lions are usually on the back side of the pier. You can smell them a mile away. Fun for the kids.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Theme Restaurant
“If you are at Pier 39 and have a teen in tow. Used to be hot for teens. Second location in SF, originally located on Van Ness, auto row.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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