Transport. If you’re a tourist, I recommend the cable cars. There’s usually (read: always) a line to get on, but in exchange for your patience, you get to check something else off your list, see more of SF, and avoid parking hassles at the Wharf. You can ride the Powell-Mason Line from Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf and back. Also, look at the uh, free entertainment? Where do you suppose he got that computer chair?
Cable Car (Mason-Powell Line)
Powell & Market (Union Square)
San Francisco, CA 94101
See. Walking around Pier 39. Touristy as hell, but if you’re a tourist, why not. Unlike some tourist traps, this place is not too bad because it’s not too chaotic. You just kind of meander around, look at sea lions, enjoy the sun and the breeze. Or maybe my mood was just slightly elevated by the wine my girlfriends and I drank on the pier (shh…). Paper bag anyone? Muahhaa…
Eat. We wanted to grab some lunch at pier 39, so we just popped into the first place that looked busy. Pier Market Seafood Restaurant has a nice menu (with pier 39 prices) and a very casual atmosphere. They even give you paper placemats and a few crayons, lol. Ordered bruschetta and canjun pasta, which were satisfactory.
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
Yelp / Official
San Francisco, CA 94133
Drink. I’ve also grabbed some beers at Wipeout Bar & Grill on Pier 39. It’s got these funky yellow wood chairs that sit low to the ground (sort of like beach chairs) and a fire pit. The fire pit is on the patio, so you can see it without even setting foot inside the restaurant. I think we chose to go here because we saw it open.
Ghirardelli Square is visible when you get off the Powell-Mason cable car line. My girlfriends and I popped in for some treats – it was another order at a counter, seat yourself, inevitably sticky table situation. Ice cream sundaes were tasty and decadent, but nothing you haven’t had before.
Play. And if you don’t mind walking over to Pier 45, you can check Musee Mecanique, an operational antique arcade, which is something you can’t find in just any city. Fun to look around, and no lie, that luchador was really, really strong.