Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Right! And if tourists visit Paris stay away from the Eiffel tower, in New York don’t bother visiting the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London is a waist of time. Visiting Egypt for the first time? stay away from the Pyramids they’ll only try to sell you a "T" shirt, The Grand Canyon ha! another joke. And for Gods sake stay away from the "Strip" while in Las Vegas. The French quarter in New Orleans another money garbing tourist trap the same as when visiting Baltimore please don’t eat any "crab cakes" cuz that is what all the tourist do…………. same with Philly cheese steaks … don’t even go into Philadelphia every body does that…. And ooh did I mention Fisherman’s Wharf in SF? ……………..
BT old ship mate let the tourist be tourist…..it’s what they do best…………… First time visitors to San Francisco MUST walk through Fisherman’s Wharf. Have a crab cocktail, drink an Irish coffee at the BV, a chocolate bar at Ghirardelli’s………… and ride a cable car if the line isn’t to long.
All your recommendations are awesome for there next trip………….. I don’t think they’ll want to do Fisherman’s Wharf again, but then again maybe they do.
Oh we have been around this merry go round many times. But here we go again. The Eiffel Tower is a genuine archetectural wonder, Big Ben graces the place where Parliament still meets, the Queen still lives in Buckingham Palace, the grand Canyon hasn’t gotten any less grand and crab cakes still contain real crab (at least they do in Baltimore). But there are precious few fishermen left on Fishermen’s Wharf and those that are are on the edge of packing it in. I’ll grant the crab cocktails can be enjoyable–they, a few restaurants in the area (In N Out, maybe the new Boudin Bistro) and the sea lions at Pier 39 are about the only reasons to go there, though. The rest is pure, unadulterated tourist trap–as if they told the Queen to go live at Windsor and installed a wax museum in Buckingham Palace, complete with multiple souvenir shops.
The best ride to and from the Wharf these days, if you MUST go there, is not the cable car but the F-Market trolley (I love the orange cars from Milan) along the Embarcadero–and it runs right past the new Ferry Building food hall which should be a lot more interesting to foodaholics (or Roadfooders) than anything on Fishermen’s Wharf. I love riding the cable cars myself, but I hate standing in endless lines, so I ride the California St line over Nob Hill–no waiting (because the tourists don’t seem to know about it)–which just happens to be a convenient way for me to get downtown or to Chinatown and it would be a convenient way for a tourist to get from the Ferry Building (or the terminus of the Sausalito Ferry) to Chinatown or the top of Nob Hill.
PS: Ghirardelli Sq isn’t at Fisherman’s Wharf though the distance between them is walkable and I endorse the chocolate even though I buy mine at Safeway. The Buena Vista is worth checking out but I wouldn’t bother if the crowd is too big–lots of places will make you an Irish Coffee: Try The Irish Bank http://www.theirishbank.com/ .
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