The sea has always been the attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf. With the wave of Gold Rush settlers, immigrant Italian fisherman arrived at the wharf to serve the growing population. They settled in the nearby neighborhood and began opening the shops and restaurants that the area is still known for.
Always Good Eating
Long known as a great place to eat, Fisherman’s Wharf is packed with dining options, mostly seafood-centric. The emphasis is on original, with few chains, and many historic restaurants have been in the same families for generations. Cannery Row offers dozens of food options at every price point.
Not Just Food
Around the Wharf are many site-seeing options from the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and the ferry launches to Alcatraz and Angel Island. Historic WW II ships–including the aircraft carrier USS Hornet–are open for public tours, as is the Maritime Museum. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and the quirky Musée Mécanique–the latter devoted to mechanized games and historic mechanicals like fortune-tellers, player pianos, and modern pinball and video games that you can play. And, of course, you can’t go far without finding a piece of Ghirardelli’s chocolate!