The easiest cliché of life in San Francisco is that everyone, universally, is meant to hate Fisherman’s Wharf. The same people who would happily park themselves on Trafalgar Square in London, tour the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or take gondola rides in Venice look down upon the Wharf as irremediably ‘touristy’. In celebration of what Randolph Delahanty, in his classic sightseeing guide to San Francisco, called a ‘happy honky tonk’, herewith some scenes from the liveliest part of San Francisco’s waterfront.

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