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7 Great Corporate Team Building Activities in San Francisco

Looking for the best corporate team builders in San Francisco? Read on!

As a city of innovation, it’s no surprise that San Francisco has a lot of awesome activities for team offsites. Whether you’re looking for a hands-on cooking class, an escape room, food tour or beyond, chances are there’s a version of it here. Check out these 7 top ideas for bonding with your team in SF.

7 Great Corporate Team Building Activities in San Francisco

1. Food Tours!

For a crowd-pleaser, you can’t go wrong with a food tour in San Francisco. SF boasts culinary districts like Chinatown, North Beach/Little Italy, and the Mission District, which are known as foodie neighborhoods with some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.

In our opinion, the best food tours are both delicious and educational, where you get to feed both your brain and your stomach, learning about the neighborhoods as you eat.

Caution: Be sure to choose a food tour company that can accommodate dietary restrictions, so that your outing is inclusive and fun for the whole team.

Our favorite food tours:

Wild SF’s Food Crawl!

Check off Chinatown and North Beach in 2.5 hours, visiting hole-in-the-wall

Avital’s Cocktail Tour


2. Trish’s Mini Donuts.

Who doesn’t love a warm, sugary mini donut?

Trish’s Mini Donuts serves some of the best mini donuts in San Francisco.

You can get them in a bag, a bucket… Or a miniature bathtub. Your choice!

Address: Pier 39, Embarcadero San Francisco, CA 94133 (Building B, Level 1)

Open hours: Mon-Sun: 9 am – 9 pm


3. The best Irish coffee in town.

The Buena Vista Cafe is famous for one thing, and one thing only: the best Irish coffee you can find on this side of the pond.

In November 1952, the owner of the cafe challenged international travel writer Stanton Delaplane to help re-create a highly touted “Irish Coffee” served at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

Did they succeed? You tell us.

Address: 2765 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Open hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 2 am, weekends 8 am – 2 am


4. Houdini’s Magic Shop.

Harry Houdini, one of the world’s most famous magicians, appeared in San Francisco at least four times during an eight-year period.

His mesmerizing performances left behind a legacy of magic and wonder which can still be found inside the Houdini’s Magic Shop.

Address: Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA (Building E, Level 1)

Open hours: 10 am – 9 pm every day


5. The secret Tiki bar.

Hidden at the very back of the Player’s Arcade, the Luau Lounge is one of the best-kept secrets of Fisherman’s Wharf.

It offers stunning waterfront views, a mouth-watering menu, and, of course, fun tropical cocktails.

Plus, you can bring your drink with you to the Arcade and try your hand at a game of skeeball while you’re there.

Address: 2 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Open hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30 am – 10 pm; weekends: 10:30 am – 10 pm


6. Chowder in a bread bowl.

Looking for some lunch?

Chowder in a bread bowl is a Fisherman’s Wharf specialty. It’s famous for a reason – and you get to eat the vehicle it arrives in!

You can get chowder almost anywhere you look, but we recommend The Blue Mermaid.

The restaurant has a great menu and a fun nautical vibe that’s not too over-the-top.

Plus, The Blue Mermaid is located in the haunted Argonaut Hotel so you can check out one of San Francisco’s most haunted locations while you wait for your chowder to arrive!

Address: 471 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Open hours: Mon-Fri: 7 am – 10 pm, weekends: 7 am – 10:30 pm


7. The Gold Dust Lounge.

Once upon a time, everyone from Herb Caen to Janis Joplin used to hang out at the Gold Dust Lounge.

With red velvet seats, beautiful mirrors, and chandeliers, the new location in Fisherman’s Wharf retains much of the charm the old lounge once had.

Address: 165 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA 94133 

Open hours: Mon-Wed: 1 pm – 2 am; Thu-Sun: 11 am – 2 am


The Haunt Experience

Fisherman’s Wharf is not just a tourist trap. There are many cool things for you too – if you know where to look!

If you’d like to explore San Francisco without the tourist crowds, make sure to check out our Haunted San Francisco Ghost Tour.

Led by experienced San Francisco locals – Mary, Sebastian, and Iris – it will show you a different side of our beloved city… One that you are not likely to forget anytime soon.

Ready to discover the dark side of San Francisco?

Book a tour now.

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