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Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Fisherman’s Wharf


San Francisco is home to a litany of truly unique sights and activities that make it one of the top vacation destinations on the West Coast. Some of the highlights that a trip to “The City” has to include are a ride on a Cable Car, a dizzying jaunt down Lombard Street, and of course, a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf. Besides the great seafood and shopping, here are a few attractions that every visitor should take in during their visit.

Ferry Service to Sausalito

Sausalito, the picturesque city situated at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, offers sweeping views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area and is only a mere 30 minute ferry ride from Fisherman’s Wharf. Featuring a great variety of bars and restaurants, Sausalito is the perfect option for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a peaceful lunch on the water. Planning on biking the Golden Gate Bridge? You can easily bring your bike along on the boat, so feel free to use the ferry to return to the city after biking over, or boat over and bike back in.

In n’ Out Burger

For those coming in from outside California, taking a break from the cracked crab and lobster rolls to experience a true California classic is an absolute must. The Fisherman’s Wharf “In n’ Out Burger” is the chain’s only location in San Francisco, making it the only place within the S.F. city limits to grab one of their famously fresh and juicy cheeseburgers or fresh cut french fries. The lines might be long, but it is well worth the wait! (Warning: eating at In n’ Out Burger might make the burger joints in your area seem inedible)

Visit the Boudin Bakery

If you ask anyone native to the city to associate one word with sourdough bread, they will say immediately say “Boudin”. Established in 1849, Boudin Bakery has been using the same recipe to bake sourdough bread as unique as the city the bakery calls home. Formerly in the cities North Beach District, Boudin now calls Fisherman’s Wharf home where people along the street can stop and watch the bakers work right from the street. Their facilities also include a great restaurant and museum, where visitors can learn more about the company’s history. Feel like making some bread yourself? Sign up to “Roll with the Bakers” and you can bake some fresh bread to take home with you!

Open Water Swim at the SF Aquatic Park

Feeling brave? Take a dip in the frigid Bay Area waters at the SF Aquatic Park. Known as the site where many “Polar Bear” plunges have taken place, the Aquatic Park offers safe, controlled location to experience the icy but exhilarating coastal waters. Word to the wise: this water is COLD, so bring a wetsuit or prepare for a really quick dip.

Have an Irish Coffee at Buena Vista Café

The Buena Vista Café, one of the Wharf’s most famous restaurants, is known as the birthplace of the “Irish Coffee”, a delightful cocktail comprised of hot coffee and whiskey and topped off with whipped cream. A staple since the early 50’s, the Buena Vista Café serves an average of 2,000 Irish Coffees a day. But it doesn’t stop there; the Café has a full menu as well, featuring an Eggs Blackstone that you will want to write home about.

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