One of the most popular neighbourhoods in San Francisco is Fisherman's Wharf, an old fishermen’s neighbourhood, close to some piers where there used to be fishing. Nowadays it’s more like an enormous shopping area that focuses on the many visitors and tourists. Most famous in Pier 39, a multi-story Disney-esque mall that was built on a pier. You either love it or you hate it. You can also go see the lazy seals that are hanging out at the Western side of the pier. It’s funny to see these animals in the middle of the city.
With views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, there are not only shops and restaurants, but several tourist attractions as well. You can visit the Wax Museum, the gorgeous Aquarium of the Bay and a few historic ships: de USS Pampanito, a World War II submarine, and the Balclutha, a 19th century cargo ship.
Today Fisherman’s Wharf is still home to a few commercial fishermen. At night there’s lots of liveliness with many restaurants serving the catch of the day and numerous bars and terraces to wash down the fish. Be aware that Fisherman’s Wharf is set up for tourists and is almost a charicature of America. It doesn’t always smell great either, but it is kind of a must-see in San Francisco.