Pier 39 San Francisco

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I love San Francisco. Its one of my favourite places in the world. Haight and Ashbury is where I hung out most of the time, for the chill vibes and ah-mazing vintage stores. One other place I loved to go is Pier 39. There’s so much to explore and see, and there is so much food, you will literally roll out of there. Interested in exploring San Francisco but have no one to go with?  Our GirlCrew gang are always thinking up their next adventure. In the meantime, check out things to do at Pier 39 San Francisco.

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze

Pier 39 San Francisco can be an expensive place but Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze is definitely an inexpensive hidden gem. Google maps won’t help you here as you get lost in the psychedelic labyrinth, glowing lights to confuse you and send you the wrong way. Go with friends and have them guess which one is the real you and which one is your reflection. Admission is only $5 and opens for children too. Perfect for a budget-friendly GirlCrew event.

Aliotos Cafe 8

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Chill vibes

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There are lots of restaurants in Pier 39 San Francisco to choose from. Aliotos Cafe 8 is one of the oldest at the pier, open since 1925. After the death of her husband, Nonna Rose took over the family business and made Aliotos Cafe 8 what it is today. She was the first woman to work on Fisherman’s Wharf and the first restaurateur to create a fish stew called Cioppino, now one of San Francisco’s signature dishes. The menu is full of family recipes, such as their famous Nonna Rose’s Famous Dungeness Crab Cioppino.

The Stone Flower

Pier 39 has lots of shops to suit everyone. If you’re shopping for yourself or for that special someone, check out The Stone Flower. The owner’s story is quite like the GirlCrew one. Working full time while working weekends at the store, the owners were able to open their first store. Now in three locations, New York, Boston and San Francisco. Stone Flower has lots of beautiful pieces including rings, necklaces and bracelets. The store also has aprons, hair accessories and purses. By shopping at the Pier 39 store, you are helping charities who help animals in need.

Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39 is a really unique and popular spot. The Aquarium is home to over 20,000 marine animals. Daily programs include shark feeding, jelly talks and animal encounters where you get to see the marine up close and personal. Families can even have a sleepover at the Aquarium. Take part in activities, play games, see the marine life in their natural environment and how they become more active at night.

Sea Lions

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The Pier 39 Sea Lions are more famous than the actual pier itself! The Sea Lions started arriving at Pier 39 after an earthquake in 1989. By 1990, the beasts arrived in massive groups, taking over K-Dock, much to the exasperation of PIER 39’s Marina tenants. Experts from the Marine Mammal Centre recommended the sea lions stay in their new home as there was lots of food available for them and they were protected from potential predators. The number of sea lions at Pier 39 has grown from 300 to a record 1701 in November 2009. If you aren’t able to see the sea lions laze around at Pier 39 in person, you can watch them live here.

Do you go to Pier 39 in San Francisco? Where are your favourite places to go and eat? Let us know in the comments below. We’ve just launched in San Francisco and are so excited, and with GirlCrew Premium we take the hassle out of organising your social life! If you’re looking for some free things to go to or sustainable restaurants in San Francisco, we got you covered.

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Ellie Smyth

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Community Manager for GirlCrew Dublin, YouTuber and podcast addict. Follow my Tweets on @xLadySmythx

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