The popular tourist neighborhood of Fisherman’s Wharf on the Bay is a must see on any trip to San Francisco. A bustling fishing port for Italian immigrants in the 1800’s, the area is still home to the city’s active fishing fleets. Famous for Pier 39, the Cannery Shopping Centre, Ghirardelli Square, Dungeness crab and clam chowder it is a lovely (although very touristy) area of San Francisco to stay in. It is relatively quiet in the streets behind the main strip and there are great food options, close proximity to many attractions (including the Alcatraz Island tours departure point) and easy access via the cable car to Union Square. There are great views from a number of the restaurants on the waterfront that look out over to Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge, making it the perfect spot to spend a few hours in between site seeing. ELE top tip- take a light jacket, even in summer being surrounded on three sides by water and the famous San Fran fog can cool temperatures down considerably.
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Stay: The Argonaut Hotel, housed in the historic Cannery, this quaint hotel is a great mix of luxury and warmth and is perfectly located within walking distance of all the sites. 495 Jefferson Street, San Francisco http://www.argonauthotel.com
Eat: Clam chowder and sourdough bread – ELE loved Boudin Bakery, 160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco http://www.boudinbakery.com
Play: Don’t miss a classic Irish coffee from the historic Buena Vista Cafe, 2765 Hyde Street, San Francisco http://www.thebuenavista.com