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San Francisco Walking Tour: Embarcadero

Stroll the Bay City’s scenic waterfront.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 9.3 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  The Embarcadero, which traces San Francisco’s eastern shoreline, memorably demonstrates the good that can come from a natural disaster... more »

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Points of Interest

1. F Line Historic Streetcars

Cable cars have competition for Most Endearing Public Transit. These early-20th-century streetcars trundle along the Embarcadero. You might glimpse an orange Milanese number or the olive green “streetcar named desire” from New Orleans.

Between Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf
San Francisco CA

(415) 701-2311

The Embarcadero, which traces San Francisco’s eastern shoreline, memorably demonstrates the good that can come from a natural disaster. After the 1989 earthquake, the old freeway was torn down, replaced by a breezy, beautiful promenade. Now you can stroll along the waterfront, past redeveloped piers, all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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3. Carrots

Located in Jackson Square, this high-end clothing boutique is owned by sisters Melissa and Catie Grimm, whose family runs Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest producer of carrots. Although they do offer mini carrot cupcakes to shoppers, the Grimm sisters specialize not in produce but in men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. The shop... More

The rustic-Italian sibling to renowned restaurant Quince quickly grabbed the spotlight with its hand-shaped pasta and spit-roasted pork.

490 Pacific Ave.
Jackson Square
San Francisco CA, 94133

(415) 775-8508

Play any of the 250 vintage games at this time-warp arcade, where music boxes and intricate (sometimes eerie) mechanized figures chime and swivel.

Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 45
San Francisco CA, 94133

(415) 346-2000

Climb aboard the historic ships docked at the Hyde Street Pier, such as the three-masted Balclutha (1886) and the schooner Alma (1891). Keep walking west and the crowds fall away as you reach the Art Deco Bathhouse Building, with its collection of ship models.

Visitor Center: 499 Jefferson St.
San Francisco CA, 94109

(415) 447... More

Stemmed glasses line up along the bar, getting pre-heated for Irish coffee, the whisky-laced, cream-topped pick-me-up invented here in 1952.

2765 Hyde St.
San Francisco CA, 94109

(415) 474-5044

8. Tcho

Straight-up, artisanal chocolate defines Embarcadero's Tcho, a simple white warehouse on Pier 17 that creates remarkably tasty sweets. Nothing ganache-filled or gimmicky is offered: just bars, drinking chocolate, baking drops, and cacao nibs, all presented in colorful packages with bold typography (in other words, perfect for gift-giving.). The... More

Even if you miss the famed farmers’ market held here every Saturday, there are plenty of other reasons to swing by the beautifully refurbished 1898 Ferry Building. The waterfront complex contains more than 40 gourmet shops and snack counters. Among the offerings are divine chocolate sablées at Miette Patisserie, fresh-baked sourdough levain from... More