Beware the World Famous Bushman, a local street performed who startles people who walk by. He’s been at it for thirty years… don’t be alarmed!
Fisherman's Wharf more or less encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco. It earned its name during the city’s early years in the mid 1800s when Italian fishermen came to the city by the bay to sell fresh fish to a population that was booming because of the gold rush. Many of those fishermen ended up settling here and, despite the area’s redevelopment as a tourist attraction, it is still home to many active fishermen and their fleets.
Since that redevelopment, Fisherman's Wharf has been one of San Francisco’s best known tourist spots. Here you can find Pier 39, which the goofy sea lions have made their home, Ghiraredelli square, Aquarium Bay, and a various famous museums and parks. The best museum is probably the Musee Mechanique, with over a 100 vintage mechanical games from the last century, alongside classic arcade games from the 80s.
Fruits of the Sea
Given the area’s legacy, it’s no surprise you can find many excellent seafood restaurants here. Ever since the days when you could buy clams, oysters, mussels and an aquarium’s array of fish straight out the bay, then have them boiled, grilled, or steamed in front of you, this has been the place for seafood in San Francisco.
The stalls are a great place to try the famous Dungenes crab and clam chowder, served in a sourdough bread bowl. But head to Cioppino’s if you want to sit for a proper meal, and don’t miss their signature namesake dish, cioppino, a seafood stew in a tomato base.
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