Pier 39
Points of Interest & LandmarksPiers & Boardwalks
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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About
From amazing views and a sea of sea lions to chowder bread bowls and California wines, your visit to San Francisco starts at PIER 39. Kick off your visit by exploring two levels of dining, entertainment, shopping and attractions, all surrounded by unbeatable views of the city and the bay. Take it from the world famous sea lions: a visit to San Francisco starts at The PIER.
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Neighbourhood: Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone’s sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighbourhood a true San Francisco treat.
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  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California7,741 contributions
    Busy but nice
    This was the first time we had been down to this part of the city, in probably more than 10 years. The space between the pier and the old fisherman wharf sign has grown tremendously. There are still the standard tourist, restaurants and stores on the pier and there were even a few sea lions on the docks when we were there the day after Christmas. Always very busy any holiday or summer time but lots to see within a mile walk along the bay and on their pier.
    Welcome back! We're thrilled to hear you had a good time exploring PIER 39 and watching the sea lions the day after Christmas. Thank you very much for your review.
    Written December 28, 2022
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    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2022
  • Darrell S
    Trenton, Canada157 contributions
    The iconic Pier 39
    Another iconic must see while in San Francisco. While on the big bus tour, stopped at Pier 39 and spent an hour plus touring around the Pier and of course seeing their world famous guests. Was just an enjoyable place to be, and a great way to get a great view of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and of course the seals and sea lions, who certainly put on a show for you.
    It sounds like you had a wonderful day exploring and dining on the waterfront! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to PIER 39 and look forward to welcoming you back when you return to San Francisco.
    Written January 4, 2023
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    Visited October 2022
    Written December 28, 2022
  • Tommy599
    Two Rivers, Wisconsin857 contributions
    Just stumbled across this pier location
    We then went down to pier 39, to have a good lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp co. restaurant. Then out along pier 39 to view a couple of hundred seals barking and relaxing on rafts. When we took the cruise boat it was also out along this pier
    Visited May 2022
    Written December 29, 2022
  • Midtownie
    Memphis, Tennessee220 contributions
    Fun to walk through
    Fun to walk through. You can get good photos of the Goldent Gate Bridge and seals. We at at Fog Harbor restaurant and it was delicious. It was fairly windy and a bit cold. We also got a nice latte at the Biscoff place and bought mini donuts which were delicious!
    We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to PIER 39! Dining at Fog Harbor Fish House is always a treat, and we're glad you had fun exploring as well. We look forward to seeing you again soon for more fun by the bay!
    Written February 11, 2023
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    Visited February 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written February 10, 2023
  • Martha H
    27 contributions
    Fun to see
    The sea lions were hilarious. There was plenty of room but they all tried to squeeze onto the same raft. Lots of barking and shoving others into the water. Free entertainment. Close to a variety of restaurants and shops.
    We are so glad you enjoyed your time with the beloved sea lions at PIER 39! They certainly know how to entertain. Until your next visit, watch them anytime with the Sea Lion Webcam on our website.
    Written March 26, 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Rod
    Fresno, California1,210 contributions
    The Tourist Attraction with Restaurants and Shops, best to go on Weekends during Summer
    We visited San Francisco on a Tuesday and decided o go to Pier 39 to look around and see what was going on. Has been about 20 years since the last time had visited Pier 39 and first thing we discovered was not quite as many street performers and people during the week as one weekends. We looked around and visited some of the shops, grabbed a quick bit to eat and a ice cream for lunch and watched the site. There are quite a few places to eat, both walk up food as well as restaurants, lots of gift shops, and not to far from Fisherman's Wharf. There is a fair amount to see if you want to walk around so would plan to send a couple of hours and longer if you want to stop and eat someplace. The better places to go, see and eat are towards the back of Pier 39, as well as upstairs.
    Welcome back! Thank you for taking the time to leave a kind and detailed review. Our other visitors are sure to appreciate your tips.
    Written May 5, 2023
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    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2023
  • Jules
    Auckland, New Zealand230 contributions
    Touristy but great fun
    Pier 39 is an iconic tourist destination in San Fran, but if you accept that it is designed for tourists and take it at face value, you will have a great time. There is a multitude of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops and a couple of rides (including a huge carousel) for the little kids. There are often street performers too. Great for any time of day but we personally loved it at night with all the pretty lights and the fun atmosphere.
    Thank you for your fantastic review of PIER 39! We appreciate your perspective of accepting it as a tourist destination and enjoying it for what it offers. It's wonderful to hear that you had a great time exploring the multitude of restaurants, shops, and rides available, especially for the little kids. The presence of street performers adds to the lively atmosphere. We're thrilled that you particularly loved the nighttime experience with the beautiful lights and fun atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you back to PIER 39 for more memorable moments!
    Written July 6, 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom435 contributions
    Iconic Pier
    We visited in the pouring rain so there was no one else around. I'm sure it's normally a busy vibrant place. It was worth visiting just to see the sea lions and it's a must visit if you're in the city
    Visiting PIER 39 in the pouring rain must have provided a unique and peaceful experience with fewer crowds. Typically, it is indeed a bustling and vibrant place. We're glad you found it worth visiting, especially to see the charming sea lions. Thank you for recommending it as a must-visit spot for anyone in the city. Rain or shine, PIER 39 offers its own charm and attractions. We appreciate your feedback and hope you have the opportunity to return and experience it in different weather conditions as well.
    Written July 16, 2023
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    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines6,244 contributions
    Very touristy, but worth-visiting
    This is San Francisco's famous tourist hubs, with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants, and many more. There are public parking lots in the area, so finding one should not be hard. As to the shops, they sell pretty much the same thing, so check out and compare the prices first before buying whatever you want. Don't forget to see the sea lions that have been visiting SFO bay since 1990 and try the popular clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. 😀
    You've perfectly described PIER 39, San Francisco's famous tourist hub! It offers a wide array of souvenir shops, restaurants, and more. The adorable sea lions are a must-see, and trying the popular clam chowder in a sourdough bowl is a delicious treat! Thank you for sharing these valuable tips, and we hope you have many more enjoyable experiences at PIER 39!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Canna1076982
    Bexley, United Kingdom19 contributions
    A great shame
    Eighteen years on and sadly this area has lost its way and identity. We expected some changes but not this contrived money trap. The wharf once felt like one and even locals ate and drank here... The sea lions thankfully were wonderful to watch. There is hardship on the streets everywhere and that is hard to see and you do not feel at all safe.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
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Joanne
Lake Mary, FL1,745 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
It is a lot of fun to just walk around and take in the atmosphere. Seeing the sea lions just hanging out was the best part - they were so interesting and made loud honking noises. The pier was crowded, some homeless people begging but overall I did feel safe. Everything is extremely overpriced - a small bottle of water is $4.25 - insane prices. Some free small museums worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2023
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Exploring PIER 39 and observing the sea lions can indeed be a fascinating experience. The lively atmosphere, complete with the sea lions' distinctive honks, adds to the unique charm of the pier. It's great that you found some free small museums to explore and that you felt safe.
Written November 24, 2023
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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK759 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Good old Pier 39, never disappoints. Have been here several times, although over many years. Not much changes. Always want to see the Sea Lions, although not many here on this visit, but fun to watch and hard to leave. Lots of shops and eateries to while away the time. Also good view of Alcatraz from the end of the pier.
Written November 20, 2023
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It's wonderful that Pier 39 holds a consistent charm for you across the years. The enduring appeal of watching the Sea Lions and enjoying the diverse array of shops and eateries speaks to the timeless allure of this iconic San Francisco destination. The glimpse of Alcatraz from the end of the pier adds a historical touch to the experience. Thank you for sharing your enduring enjoyment of PIER 39!
Written November 21, 2023
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Darren L
Burnaby, Canada122 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Business
Great side trip if you are in the downtown SF area, especially when the weather is nice. Unsurprisingly touristy, but still lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment in the area. Reminds me of Seattle's wharf.
Written November 15, 2023
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Absolutely! PIER 39 is indeed a fantastic side trip in downtown San Francisco, offering a vibrant and tourist-friendly environment. The variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options create a lively atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination. It's interesting to draw parallels with Seattle's wharf, highlighting the unique charm and character of waterfront areas in different cities. Thank you for your positive review.
Written November 16, 2023
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,479 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
We came here to see the sea lions and were not disappointed. Loads of them in the sunshine. A must see here!
Written November 13, 2023
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That's fantastic! The sea lions at PIER 39 are indeed a must-see, and it sounds like you had a wonderful experience enjoying their presence in the sunshine. Thanks for sharing your excitement about this iconic attraction!
Written November 14, 2023
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Emilie Kristine F
11 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
YES, go here when in San Francisco! It was such a joy to observe the animals hanging around the pier and swimming in the habor next to the pier. You can spice the wildlife experience up with an icecreme from one of the many nearby kiosks.
Written November 1, 2023
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Absolutely! Observing the animals, especially the sea lions, at PIER 39 is a fantastic experience. Enjoying an ice cream from one of the nearby kiosks while taking in the sights makes it even more delightful. We're glad you had a joyful time by the pier!
Written November 1, 2023
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guillermo
Philippines963 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
A to-go place for foreign and local tourist with shops and restaurant to dine, and place to walk around. It’s bit old and needs more up keeping to get better environment to walk around. Suggest to keep this place clean and safe for the tourist. So sad to see people sleeping in the streets. Since it’s a main tourist place, expect pricy goods and crowd.
Written October 30, 2023
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Thank you for your review. As San Francisco’s #1 attraction, we pride ourselves in offering our guests a fun and safe experience. We strive to offer one of the most clean and safe environments in the City and on the waterfront.
Written October 31, 2023
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njmomongo
Maple Shade, NJ69 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Friends
You need more than a day; so much to see and do. See the seals, Alcatraz, good food, souvenirs for everyone, great picture spots. Try to get your souvenirs on the side streets or Chinatown, much cheaper than pier 39. You can take a ferry to islands across the bay and Sausalito.
Written October 30, 2023
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You're absolutely right, PIER 39 offers so much to explore and enjoy that it can take more than a day to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. From the seals to Alcatraz, delicious food, and souvenirs, there's something for everyone. Your insights are valuable for those planning a visit! Thank you very much.
Written October 31, 2023
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ProfVau
Sunshine Coast, Australia197 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Family
One can easily spend 2-4 hours at Pier 39 enjoying views (from afar) of Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge, sea lions up-close lying on pontoons and Alcatraz; dining and shopping.

Other than views, Pier 39 comprises many restaurants and eateries including the San Fran Hard Rock Cafe and souvenir shops. Generally pricing for souvenirs are comparable within Pier 39, however we later found out that if you venture into Chinatown (around Clay St), you will find more souvenir shops there that sell similar items for slightly cheaper prices. Pier 39 is some 30 mins stroll from Chinatown Clay St; or also accessible via the Hop-on Hop-off bus.

Pier 39 also has a 'performing' stage for street performers right at the end of the pier walk, with some benches available for seating. You can also stand on the second level of the pier (up a flight of stairs) to view the free performances.

Definitely a place to visit!
Written October 10, 2023
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Thank you, for your detailed review and recommendations! It's clear that PIER 39 offers a wide range of experiences. From enjoying the views of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, sea lions, and Alcatraz to dining and shopping, there's something for everyone. The presence of a performing stage for street performers and the opportunity to view free performances from the second level adds to the entertainment. Thanks for highlighting these aspects, and we agree that PIER 39 is definitely a place worth visiting!
Written October 11, 2023
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,403 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Pier 39 is full of restaurants bars , fast food joints and amusements. Lots of junk jewellery for same. The seals are good to see as is the view of the bay.
Written October 7, 2023
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Brooke In The Air
Cleveland, OH25 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
A San Francisco must-see, Pier 39 has tons to do and isn't just a pier. Tons of fresh seafood, including what would be considered "fair food" including funnel cake, giant pretzels, and more plus the Sealions!
Written October 6, 2023
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PIER 39 is undeniably a San Francisco must-see! It offers a wide variety of activities and attractions beyond just being a pier, including a delicious selection of fresh seafood and fun fair food options like funnel cake and giant pretzels. And, of course, the sea lions add to the charm of this iconic destination. Thanks for highlighting its many offerings!
Written October 6, 2023
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