After all the greenery in Napa Valley, I was elated to be on the way across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco for a change of scenery. Fisherman’s Wharf was our first stop after checking in at the hotel located at Union Square. Thankfully we were blessed with a sunny yet windy day, perfect for our plans.
Ghirardelli is well known for their chocolates and it’s right alongside Fisherman’s Wharf. I am not a chocolate fanatic but when I tasted the sample chocolate given – I was sold. The rich creaminess was balanced with a moderate sweetness for the milk chocolate and I couldn’t get enough of the caramel filling. I bought a huge pack of chocolates together with a couple of cute miniature cable cars 😀
We then walked along the piers towards Fisherman’s Wharf, looking for a restaurant to have our lunch at. We decided on Capurros’s as the décor looked vintage and reliable to have the famous clam chowder breadbowl. (Of course I later learnt that I should have went to Boudin’s for it)
I wasn’t the least impressed with the bread bowl, too hard and cold. The chowder was decent though and the salad did help to balance the savoury flavours from the soup since the bread was too unappetising.
Very disappointing oysters. They were frozen as I could still taste the ice inside the flesh. They merely placed the oysters on those pearly shells for serving. I didn’t expect this low of a standard for seafood along the coast.
The burger was made with black beans, beets, onions, mushroom, garlic, brown rice and cashew nuts topped with grilled onions and cheddar cheese, with fries and salad on the side. According to my co-traveller, this is the worst burger she ever had. So for the first time on my blog I writing to warn not to patronise Capurro’s if you do visit Fisherman’s Wharf. Needless to say, we didn’t leave a tip.
The walk down to Pier39, where all the bustle is, was interesting. There were musicians. magicians and performers who were entertaining passer-bys with their acts.
Street magic is always entertaining even if deep down I know it’s fake. Michael Jackson fans were showing off their dance moves in their elaborated attire, check the video below.
We didn’t take the ferry to Alcatraz but took many pictures of it from the piers. I just had to share this one where I was taken aback by the bird who flew right pass my shoulder.
Since I didn’t enjoy my lunch, I indulged in a crab and shrimp bowl from one of the roadside stalls. Thank God the seafood was fresh and absolutely delicious with some tangy cocktail sauce, bringing out the oceanic sweetness of the crab and shrimp meat.
There were a lot more retail shops at Pier39 than the stretch we walked down from – ranging from apparels to fresh produce. I couldn’t resist these vintage metal posters and bought home a couple.
There was also a carousel in the centre of Pier39 with artists all around it, offering portraits and caricature drawings.
The Sea Lion Center have decks where sea lions can swim onto to get a decent tan. This center is operated by Aquarium by the Bay to share interesting facts about sea lions through presentations and interactions with visitors to Fisherman’s Wharf.
After all the eating, shopping and a great deal of walking, it was time to journey back to Union Square via cable car!
Cable car rides were USD$7 per trip, a little expensive but look at the uphill street, totally worth the money to not make that incline. And taking the cable car is pretty fun especially if you hang on the outside to admire the scenery.
Other than a below average lunch, I really enjoyed the shopping, the street entertainment and the scenery along Fisherman’s Wharf. I probably should have explored more or taken a ferry ride out to Alcatraz. Maybe on the next trip 😉