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7 Top Things to Do in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Looking for top things to do in Fisherman’s Wharf? Then this article is for you!

Fisherman’s Wharf is not just a tourist trap. It’s full of things to see, do, and eat affordably – especially if you’re a lover of mini donuts.

Whether you’re in the mood for some Irish coffee or want to explore the dark side of San Francisco, check out these 7 top things to do in Fisherman’s Wharf now!


7 Top Things to Do in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

1. The (haunted) Pier 33

Pier 33 is one of the most popular tourist destinations in San Francisco… But did you know it’s rumored to be haunted?

Pier 33 is home to the Alcatraz Landing where you can take the ferry to Alcatraz Island–one of the most haunted locations in the world.

If you happen to be around San Francisco on Halloween, this is also where the annual Haunted Carnival takes place.

Address: Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94133

Open hours: Open 24/7, but we suggest visiting Fisherman’s Wharf in the evening if you want to experience the spooky vibes fully.

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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