One Winning Day on The Embarcadero

April 4, 2018
The Embarcadero

The Embarcadero, San Francisco’s prime waterfront hotspot, is considered one of the most scenic and iconic destinations, not just in the city, but worldwide. Built along a three-mile seawall, the locale is teeming with cultural and coastal attractions that afford a most fulfilling day spent on the water. Yet, with so much to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed; below, get an inside look into one winning day on the Embarcadero.

But First…Coffee

It’s often said that the best way to experience a city is by checking out its local haunts, so start your day off by meandering the streets of the Embarcadero in search of the best coffee. A favorite amongst San Franciscans and visitors alike, Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building serves up some of the best pour over and single origin espresso in the city. And don’t forget to get a made-to-order caramelized Belgian waffle to munch on while watching the ferries glide by outside.

Blue Bottle BrooklynPhoto courtesy of Hoodline

Be a Tourist

Who said you can’t be a tourist in your own city? Head into the Exploratorium at Pier 15 for a unique scientific experience. Perfect for both kids and adults alike, the Exploratorium features galleries that showcase weather phenomena, human behavior and more. You might just be able to catch one of their special events. Check the calendar here before your day of explorative adventure.

Treat Yourself

Walking along the wharf and engaging in such eye-opening scientific experiences can be tiring. That’s why you should indulge in a treatment at Spa Vitale next. Enjoy a relaxing facial or massage with sweeping vistas of the bay just beyond, then unwind or meditate in the private bamboo garden. You’ll need this refresher before continuing on with your fulfilling day.

Spa BathPhoto courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler


After relocating your inner zen, you’ll likely need to satiate your appetite. Luckily, the Embarcadero is brimming with dining options both casual and high-end. We recommend heading to The Slanted Door in the Ferry Building for an unforgettable Vietnamese meal paired with stunning Bay Bridge vistas. Charles Phan’s menu is nationally acclaimed, featuring top-quality, local ingredients in dishes like soft gulf shrimp spring rolls and barbecue pork spare ribs.


Following a long day of adventure, relaxation and indulgence, you deserve a drink. Hard Water is one of the Embarcadero’s trendiest, most sought-after whiskey bars while Coqueta serves up one of the most glorified Manhattans in town, known as the “Championship Policy.” No matter where you choose to take a seat, you’ll certainly find the perfect cap to a winning day.

Restaurant BarPhoto courtesy of Serious Eats

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