San Francisco is a picture perfect postcard. As far as the eye can see there is something to be admired, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the well kept parks and flourishing flowers decorating the sidewalks. Quaint Victorian architecture lines the hilly streets and opulent department stores beckon travellers to spend their pennies. One of the most popular areas of San Francisco is Fisherman’s Wharf, set right on the harbour. Travellers flock to Fisherman’s Wharf to admire the unrivalled views across the bay and enjoy unique family friendly attractions.
Here is a quick snapshot of the entertainment waiting at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
Fisherman’s Wharf’s Famous Food
San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is overflowing with good food. Sumptuous fresh seafood can be found piled high in iced buckets lining the streets or try your favourites at one of the dine-in restaurants along the wharf. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the fabulous candy store, The Candy Baron, at Pier 39 that sells over 50 different flavours of salt water taffy – each more delicious than the last. You can also visit the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop for a taste of San Francisco’s best chocolate. Boudin is a classic bakery that prides itself on San Francisco Sourdough. In the window of this giant bakery you can watch the talented bakers shape their dough into all sorts of shapes and sizes, including teddy bears, crocodiles and footballs.
A Spot of Shopping at Carnival Town
As you enter Fisherman’s Wharf, you will be greeted by a festive group of shops with a distinct carnival atmosphere. Wander along the boardwalk and enjoy this eclectic mix of tourist stores, food stalls and lively cafes. This is the perfect place to pick up your tourist trinkets and gifts for loved ones back home. A merry go round is featured in the middle of the boardwalk and you’ll often find entertaining live shows are performed in the centre.
Spectacular Views of Alcatraz and the Bay
Many visit the historic attraction Alcatraz by ferry from Pier 33. However, if you are not keen on getting out on the water or a bit strapped for time, you can enjoy the fantastic views at Fisherman’s Wharf stretching all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Those with a half decent camera will be able to get great shots of Alcatraz without having to venture off shore.
The Sea Lions at Pier 39
Before you even make it down to the jetty, you will hear the resounding cries of the sea lions gathered at Pier 39. Watch these playful animals jump on the floating wooden planks to doze in the sunshine before diving back into the waters to catch a bite to eat. San Francisco’s wild sea lions have become a famous attraction at Fisherman’s Wharf and they seem to be well aware of their popularity as seen by their cheeky antics.
Entertaining street performers
As you go about your business at Fisherman’s Wharf you will most likely run into a number of street performers. Jamaican influenced music flows from the buskers, artists paint their surrounds, and robot dancers covered in silver do their thing. Just be aware of the World Famous Bushman who enjoys hiding behind eucalyptus branches and scaring unsuspecting people as they wander by. This often causes fellow tourists to erupt in laughter and subsequently tip the entertaining Bushman.