A certain aura of authenticity still clings to San Francisco's old wharf area, but you'll have to look closely to find the historic details - mostly, it has been overwhelmed by tourism. Nevertheless, it's fun to get a walkaway crab cocktail and a chunk of sourdough bread, and to sidestep the crowds to check out the few remaining fishing boats that still haul in their daily bounty. And after all, what's so bad about taking home a few San Francisco souvenirs?

Top Sights

Fisherman's and Seaman's
Memorial Chapel

Hidden in plain sight just a few steps off the main thoroughfare is a little known Fisherman's Wharf landmark: The Fishermen's and Seamen's Memorial Chapel, a touching tribute to the generations of San Franciscans who have dedicated their lives to the sea.

The Cannery
2801 Leavenworth Street
(415) 346-3046

One of San Francisco's most treasured places. Located at the foot of Columbus Street overlooking San Francisco Bay, and originally built in 1907, The Cannery was once the largest peach cannery in the world. Today, The Cannery at Del Monte Square is a vibrant waterfront marketplace featuring one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants, offices, live entertainment, and a world-class jazz club.

USS Pampanito
Pier 45, Taylor and Embarcadero Streets
(415) 775-1943

USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial. Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts approximately 110,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country.

Boudin Bakery
Pier 39
(415) 989-7437

This is the home of the famous chain of San Francisco sourdough breadmakers. Stop by to try the distinctive crusty round loaf, best enjoyed warm from the oven with plenty of butter.


Ghirardelli Square, The Cannery, Fishermans and Seamans Memorial Chapel, USS Pampanito, Boudin Bakery