Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 are key parts of what makes San Francisco what it is. Fisherman’s Wharf’s history of fishing boats, iconic silhouettes of cargo ships and incredible food make it a spot to visit at least a couple of times this summer. It’s also a necessary stop to make a few times during the semester, as much of the food is hard to find elsewhere. Fisherman’s Wharf is a great place to experience San Francisco dishes, including fresh seafood, sourdough bread and ice cream — to name just a few. The next time you visit (and hopefully it’s soon), make sure to include these eateries in your agenda.
1. Boudin Bakery
Boudin is a classic SF bakery, known for its sourdough bread. The clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl is well worth the probable wait. And fun fact: The bakery still uses the same sourdough starter that it first developed during the gold rush.
2. Scoma’s Restaurant
While Scoma’s can be on the pricey end as far as eateries go, it’s worth treating yourself to the restaurant’s signature cioppino at least once. In this dish, crab, prawns, scallops, clams, mussels, fish and calamari come together in a rich tomato broth. Plus, it’s served with toasted sourdough, solidifying its status as a San Francisco classic.
3. Trish’s Mini Donuts
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and sprinkled with granulated sugar, these bite-sized donuts are served generously by the bucket. The serving size and great-tasting food make Trish’s Mini Donuts the perfect destination for friends and family.
4. The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at Ghirardelli Square
Near to Fisherman’s Wharf lies the Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop — a chocolate lover’s must. You simply cannot go wrong with its original hot fudge sundae or chocolate malt. Unique creations like frozen hot chocolate are also worth a try. If you have somehow managed to avoid making this delicious and iconic stop since beginning your time in the Bay Area, make a trip for the chocolate.
Beyond what’s included in this list, Fisherman’s Wharf is the perfect place to stroll through if you’re looking to experience something new and something San Francisco. It represents San Francisco’s rich history, culture and cuisine. Fisherman’s Wharf and the eateries near it are places worthy of exploring — with an empty stomach and an open mind.