The Embarcadero is one of the liveliest and most scenic areas in San Francisco, and a great place for a weekend stroll along the waterfront looking out over the Bay. Here are some of the best places to check out here, between the Ferry Building and Ghirardelli Square.
The Ferry Building
The Aquarium of the Bay
The Aquarium of the Bay sits at the edge of Pier 39. The inhabitants of this aquarium are local animals from the San Francisco Bay. The aquarium is open seven days a week, with extended opening hours for the summer. The mission of this aquarium is to protect and restore the Bay, all while igniting a curiosity in those who visit these sea creatures.
Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf
Definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in San Francisco, Pier 39 is almost always crowded, but it is also a great way to get a taste of the waterfront culture and see views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, and both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. This shopping area is packed with restaurants, food stands, street performers, and arcades.
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At the end of the Embarcadero, Ghirardelli Square is an historic shopping center filled with boutiques and restaurants. This was once the site of the Original Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory, but it has since become a dessert restaurant serving almost every kind of ice cream sundae imaginable.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
As you continue south on The Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge you will enjoy some nice San Francisco Bay views looking towards Oakland and Alameda. Along the way are various parks, piers, and restaurants to enjoy.
For example, at the corner of Embarcadero/Brannan St is the Delancey Street Restaurant. It has a nice outdoor patio with view and a large inside dining room. Behind it is Crossroads Cafe, 699 Delancey St, a coffee shop with well priced home-made food and a pleasant outdoor patio. These restaurants are both part of a training school for the nation’s biggest, best, self-supporting, self-help organization for assisting ex-convicts, drug abusers and others in serious trouble with no place else to go. Here they can obtain the attitudes and training necessary to start a decent life. Delancy Street is an impressive effort and well worth supporting … at the least by enjoying their services.
SF Giants AT&T Ball Park
Possible only to gaze at the structure, Game tickets will require a few months advance reservation.
Two blocks southeast is the SF Caltrain Station, 4th St/King St. From here you can take a train south to the SF Peninsula, catch the N Judah Metro line back up to Embarcadero/Market, or hop on one many bus lines going all over the city.