Not only does Embarcadero Center host many renowned San Francisco events, it also boasts an assortment of “hidden gems” sprinkled throughout the grounds of the Center. These include a curated public art collection featuring several larger-than-life sculptures, and a rotating on-site art exhibition.
Embarcadero Center’s prime location in the heart of downtown offers easy access to a variety of local San Francisco attractions.
Everything from the Ferry Building with its shops and weekly Farmer’s Market, to landmark sites like Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, are within walking distance of the Center.
Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
The Ferry Building Marketplace is a people’s marketplace serving residents and travelers alike. Located within the historic Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street, shops large and small celebrate food in all its forms, offering everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest of local fish. Restaurants and cafés serve cuisine representing the quality and cultural diversity of San Francisco’s best chefs.
For more info and full listing of shops and restaurants, visit the Ferry Building website or call 415.983.8030.
The San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market features dozens of vendors of the freshest fruit, produce, baked goods, cheeses and prepared foods in town. Vendors include Stonefree for organic greens and Lagier for organic jams, almonds and cherries. Don’t forget to try the selection of tasty food truck fare!
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
For information about the Farmers Market, visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market website or call 415.291.3276.
For over 32 years the nation’s best comics have appeared at the San Francisco Punch Line, the city’s longest running comedy club. Stars such as Robin Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Drew Carey, Chris Rock and Dana Carvey took their first comedic steps on the Punch Line stage, entertaining thousands while perfecting their craft. The Punch Line’s dedication to comic tradition has earned the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle’s readers’ choice award for the best comedy club.
Today, the Punch Line is the only full-time comedy club in San Francisco, hosting nationally-acclaimed comics Margaret Cho, Bobby Slayton, Dave Chappelle, Sue Murphy, Dave Attell, George Lopez, David Cross, and Greg Proops, among other bona fide and rising stars, in an intimate setting where you can enjoy them, live and up-close, the way stand-up comedy is best presented!
Located at Pier 15, the Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker.
For more than forty years, it has built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools, programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and lead to profound learning. Dive in and discover what it’s all about.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. for ages 18+
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A leisurely stroll up the Embarcadero brings you to the festival marketplace of Pier 39. In addition to being entertained by San Francisco’s most famous street performers and riding the Carousel, you can view California sea lions in their natural habitat at the Pier’s K-Dock in the West Marina. For more information on all the attractions visit the Pier 39 website or call 415.705.5500.
San Francisco Bay Cruises
Take an hour-long cruise that will carry you along the waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, past the beauties of Sausalito, and around Angel Island and Alcatraz. Cruises are offered throughout the day for your convenience by several providers.
Hornblower Cruises & Events: 415.788.8866
Blue & Gold Fleet: 415.705.8200
Red and White Fleet: 415.673.2900
Catch a ferry or cruise and take a tour of Alcatraz, the one-time federal maximum-security prison from 1934 to 1963 and former home to Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelley, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Alcatraz Island’s natural features include gardens, tide pools, bird colonies and breathtaking views of the bay.
For general reservations call 415.705.5555. Or visit Alcatraz Cruises (415.981.7625) for cruise/tour combo packages.
Lodging / Hotels
Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Luxury and location converge in perfect balance at Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The only AAA Four Diamond downtown San Francisco hotel situated right on the Embarcadero waterfront, guests will enjoy immediate access to both the Financial District and the city’s most famous attractions. You’ll find the historic Ferry Building on one side of the expansive hotel, the ferry to Alcatraz and the Bay on the other, and stunning views all around. With so many options, you may choose to wander through Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf, shop in Union Square or board the cable cars for a riding tour of the city.
Equally impressive are the extensive in-house amenities, with venues created to host any number of group events, tempting dining choices and, of course, the impeccable service that is the hallmark of this fabulous downtown hotel.
For reservations and information, call 800.233.1234 or 415.788.1234 or visit the Hyatt Regency San Francisco website.
Situated in the heart of San Francisco, a city famous for activity, culture and tradition – Le Meridien San Francisco offers a superior level of service, including wired and wireless High Speed Internet Access, ultra-comfortable beds and indulgent amenities. With warm earth tones and gorgeous views of the San Francisco skyline, Le Meridien San Francisco enriches each guest with a truly distinctive experience.
For reservations and information call 415.296.2900 or visit the Le Meridien website.
Hotel Vitale is a luxury hotel on located along the Embarcadero waterfront. This landmark San Francisco boutique hotel was designed to provide modern luxury touches balanced with soothing natural elements. At this urban retreat, guests will experience a revitalizing stay, enhanced through Hotel Vitale’s stunning water and city vistas, on-site Spa Vitale with outdoor roof-top soaking tubs, dramatic terraces and the Vitale’s signature restaurant and bar: Americano.
For reservations and information call 415.278.3700 or visit the Hotel Vitale website.
Hotel Griffon invites you to experience what was voted “Best Boutique Hotel” and “Best 24 Hour Getaway” by San Francisco Magazine. Situated along San Francisco’s stylish Embarcadero waterfront, our certified green hotel is the perfect choice for business and leisure travelers who seek a pleasant and charming alternative to the chain hotel. Indulge in an appealing SF boutique hotel inspired by European sensibility and enjoy exceptional amenities that include well-appointed guestrooms and luxury suites, delectable on site dining at Perry’s on the Embarcadero, and distinguished meeting space for business travel.
For reservations and information call 415.495.2100 or visit the Hotel Griffon website.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Cast your eyes over some of San Francisco’s most famous attractions from the comfort of its most stylish hotel. With 158 rooms and suites, a contemporary design and one of the city’s most renowned restaurants, Forbes Five-Star awarded Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco offers the perfect blend of Californian charisma and Oriental charm.
For reservations and information click here or call 415.276.9888.
Located in the heart of downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is one of the finest San Francisco hotels to call Nob Hill home. Welcoming guests into a timeless escape of elegant luxury, this 1909 Neoclassical landmark has been transformed into a beautiful retreat of modern classic design. It is a gateway to iconic memories, enveloping guests in the sounds, flavors and imagery of San Francisco. Guests enter their guest rooms to the soft crooning of Tony Bennett leaving his heart behind. A mini Golden Gate Bridge model offers sweets for the taking. And our signature restaurant, Parallel 37, is named after the geographic latitude that runs through the Bay Area. Beyond our doors, it’s easy to explore the city’s spirited atmosphere and diverse cultural experiences as the historic cable car stops right outside.
For reservations and information click here or call 800.542.8680.
Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf
In addition to a host of special, value-added room packages, the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf features 313 spacious guest rooms boasting the plush, new Grand Bed with pillow-top mattresses; multifunction workstations with ergonomic chairs; and luxurious baths with deluxe amenities. Guest services and amenities include Wi-Fi reception throughout the hotel; a 24-hour automated business center; complimentary transportation to the Financial District; newly renovated 24-hour StayFit Hyatt Fitness Center; and an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.
Dining and entertainment options include Knuckles at the Wharf, which was voted “Best Sports Bar in San Francisco,” as well as room service, which is offered from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Conveniently located next to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! and across the street from the Mason/Powell Cable Car line, the hotel is also convenient to Alcatraz, Pier 39, The Cannery, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Cruises, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Ghirardelli Square, Aquarium of the Bay and North Beach.
Learn more at the Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf website or call 415.563.1234.