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The Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco includes the city's northern waterfront from Van Ness Street east to Kearney Street. The Port of San Francisco manages Fisherman's Wharf, including sport and commercial fishing.

Fisherman's Wharf is the perfect embodiment of "The City by the Bay," one of San Francisco's many namesakes, including “Fog City,” “San Fran,” “Frisco,” and “The Paris of the West.” While the city itself encompasses a land area of approximately 50 square miles, Fisherman's Wharf has a relatively small footprint. Because it is so easy to get around, the neighborhood is a very popular tourist destination.

It is no secret that San Francisco is a densely populated city, and Fisherman's Wharf is no different. While the constant urban buzz supports a wide variety of culinary and retail operations, year round residents should expect crowds of visitors to be the norm.

The waterfront climate provides consistently cool summers, foggy mornings, and gentle sea breezes to compliment the iconic steep hills and natural coast line.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in San Francisco, CA is $2,755 for a studio, $2,782 for one bedroom, and $4,305 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in San Francisco has decreased by -2.7% in the past year.

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Ratings

95 Walk Score® Walker's Paradise
89 Transit Score® Excellent Transit
85 Bike Score® Very Bikeable

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Shopping

At San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, experience one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, souvenirs, art galleries, specialty gift stores, and men’s and women’s sportswear retailers. Check out some of the historic shopping complexes at THE CANNERY at Del Monte Square and Ghirardelli Square. Ghirardelli Square is a specialty retail and dining complex, which houses shops and restaurants. It was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli. Another fantastic spot is PIER 39 offering outdoor shopping and speciality shops such as: Charms By The Bay, Krazy Kaps, Pearl Factory, Puppets on the Pier, S.F. City Wear, Shirtique, Stoneflower, and The Perfect Purse, just to name a few.

Head on out to the Ferry Building Marketplace, located on Market Street, to purchase exotic foods, artisan cheeses and mouth watering gourmet treats. Don't miss the oysters, Parisian-style cafes, chocolate jams, and farmer's market stands. Hours of operation are 10AM to 6PM daily.

Cost

Due to its ambiance, available shopping, and unique dining options, Fisherman's Wharf is a hot spot among San Francisco's dwellers. For a one-bedroom apartment, plan on spending in the range of $2800-$3500 per month. Although a bit on the costly side, inhabitants of this region are never disappointed with the lively spirit that surrounds them. In this area, homes are scarce so pretty much everyone rents an apartment or condo when they first move into the neighborhood.

Of course, Fisherman's Wharf is a touristy location. It attracts millions of visitors each year. Although crowded, these tourists bring in revenue for the area, which helps keeps costs down.

Transportation

Public transportation, buses, cable cars and trollies are all readily available throughout the city and Fisherman's Wharf. Consider purchasing a Muni Passport, which will grant passengers access to these public transportation services for a discounted price. Passes are available for 1, 3, and 7 days. Many year round residents will tell you that walking is the best way to get around Fisherman's Wharf. Although some areas are a bit hilly, the waterfront is flat and easy to navigate. Ditch the car, because parking can be a challenge.

Uber and taxi services are readily available.

Parks

Historical buffs and people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy their experience at Alcatraz. This now museum was once a former penitentiary. It lies on a small, rocky island in the heart of San Francisco Bay. The only way to get to Alcatraz from Fisherman's Wharf is by ferry. Visitors can learn the history of Alcatraz including viewing how the prisoners lived and tried many times to escape. Admission to Alcatraz is free. However, a $30 ferry ticket must be purchased to get onto the island from the mainland. The majority of visitors agree that the experience is worth the price. Tickets include a scenic boat trip to the island, a guided tour from a knowledgeable park ranger, and an audio guide. Tours begin at 8:45AM and return throughout the day until approximately 6:40. Be advised that evening tours sell out extremely fast. Book at least one month in advance before visiting.

Restaurants

Dining options along Fisherman's Wharf range from sidewalk food stands to traditional Italian/seafood restaurants. Alioto's Restaurant is one of the area's oldest fine dining establishments specializing in traditional Sicilian recipes and fresh seafood. Since 1925, Alioto's has been serving an enticing selection of sea bass, sand dabs, sole, swordfish, tuna, scallops, and dungeness crab all caught locally and served fresh.

Another popular family-owned restaurant along Fisherman's Wharf is Scoma's. For over 50 years, Scoma's has been providing a true San Francisco tradition full of delectable seafood, award-winning wine, breath taking views, and impeccable service. Chefs change the menu in order to serve up the freshest catch. Definitely try the crab cakes.

An additional dining favorite in Fisherman's Wharf is The Franciscan Crab Restaurant. This establishment offers superb panoramic seafood dining. Locals come for the crispy crab cakes, seafood antipasto, fresh oysters, and steamed mussels. The Franciscan Crab Restaurant also features freshly made burrata and salumi. Calzones are a favorite as well

Nightlife and evening entertainment in the immediate area is a bit scarce compared to the more established bar streets elsewhere in the city. Fiddler’s Green is a trendy two-story location with a larger than life dance floor, but be prepared for large crowds on the weekends. Beat the rush by arriving early and avoiding the cover charge.

History

Fisherman’s Wharf originated in the Gold Rush days when Chinese fishermen congregated on the shore to sell their catch of the day. Italian fishermen came shortly after, setting up stands along the beach to sell crab, shrimp, oysters, and other fresh seafood.

The modern marine vibe of Fisherman's Wharf can be traced back to Henry Meiggs. Contrary to popular belief, Meiggs did not name his wooden landing Fisherman's Wharf. Originally coined Meiggs Wharf, it started out as a cove in North Beach, currently San Francisco Street, and extended 1,600 feet into the bay, which is now Embarcadero. The wharf was completed in 1853 to serve as a port for the lumber trade, and survived throughout much of the twentieth century as an anchorage for local fishing fleets. In the summer months, it also served as a weekend boulevard for sunbathers and swimmers.

These days, the only swimmers you'll see are the sea lions who hang out around the barnacle encrusted piers.

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The Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood in San Francisco includes the city's northern waterfront from Van Ness Street east to Kearney Street. The Port of San Francisco manages Fisherman's Wharf, including sport and commercial fishing.

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