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Fisherman's Wharf is one of San Francisco's most beloved attractions and one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods. Since the 19th Century, it has been the center of the San Francisco fishing industry when Italian immigrant fisherman and others settled in the area to unload their famous Dungeness crab and their catch of the day.
Fisherman's Wharf is located in the northern section of the San Francisco waterfront area, from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 39. Throughout the years, Fisherman's Wharf began being developed as a tourist destination. However, even though the area has seen many renovations through time, it still remains a fishing hub with many fishermen and their fleet calling it home.
Today, tourists and locals by the million visit Fisherman's Wharf every year. It is one of the best places to enjoy Dungeness crab and clam chowder which is served in signature sourdough bread bowls. It also has some of the best seafood in the city. Be sure to check out Scoma's Restaurant, Sabella & LaTorre, Pompei's Grotto, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant, Neptune's Seafood Restaurant, and Nick's Lighthouse. If seafood is not your thing, there are tons of other dining options such as the Hard RockCafé and Alioto's Restaurant which serves authentic Sicilian cuisine.
If you're a chocolate fan, then Fisherman's Wharf is the place for you. The world-famous chocolate brand, Ghirardelli is located here, and you can taste some of the finest chocolate around. Be sure to visit The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Manufactory, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Café, and the Ghirardelli On-the-Go.
Besides unbeatable food choices and one of the most enjoyable atmospheres in San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf has a lot of attractions that you will enjoy visiting. Check out Aquarium at the Bay, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, the Wax Museum which features over 200 wax figurines, and theSan Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.Also while at Fisherman's Wharf, don't miss out on Anchorage Square, which has a lot of stores and stands and is the perfect place to sit around and people-watch.
Don't miss out on the National Liberty Ship Memorial (SS. Jeremiah O'Brien) which is only one of two Liberty ships left out of the 2,710 built during World War II. It is a National Historical Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Another great attraction in Fisherman's Wharf is Pier 39 which is a marketplace housing over a hundred shops and over a dozen restaurants, all facing the beautiful bay. Besides shopping and dining, there is always tons of outdoor entertainment and street performers and musicians.
Fisherman's Wharf is also the perfect place to take that cruise across San Francisco with the historic Red and White Fleet. For an unforgettable experience, take a California Sunset Cruise which features drinks, appetizers, live music and incredible views of the water and San Francisco at sunset. If you are looking to enjoy the Fisherman's Wharf area at night, then check out Teatro ZinZanni and The Parlor Bar, Lounge and Club.
Fisherman's Wharf is located between Van Ness Avenue and Kearny Street.