The cheery ringing of the cable car bells; the sights, sounds and smells along busy Jefferson St.; the renovated historic red-brick factories; the steaming street-side pots of Dungeness crab—all help make Fisherman’s Wharf the city’s top-rated tourist attraction year after year.
Take a stroll along PIER 39. The repurposed wooden finger-pier is now festooned with restaurants, souvenir shops, street performers and attractions such as Aquarium of the Bay and The Flyer. Boat tours of Alcatraz and Angel Island are popular draws, as are the historic ships anchored at the Hyde Street Pier.
Enjoy fresh seafood at a number of restaurants including Scoma’s, The Franciscan Crab Restaurant and Fog Harbor Fish House. The one-time chocolate factory at Ghirardelli Square is now a handsome shopping and dining complex where you can still get amazing sundaes. And for the 21-and-over crowd, you simply must visit The Buena Vista Cafe to warm up with one of their legendary Irish coffees.