6 Things to Know About PIER 39 During SF January Stay-At-Home Order

6 Things to Know About PIER 39 During Bay Area Stay-At-Home

(Updated Jan 4, 2020)

PIER 39 is OPEN every day (yes, even during stay-at-home mandates)! We’re sharing all our secrets like free parking, discounts, where to eat, and what’s open.

Tip 1: Two Hours Free Parking

The best place to park is the PIER 39 Garage right across the street from PIER 39. Get TWO hours free parking validation when you order takeout from Wipeout Bar & Grill or Pier Market Seafood Restaurant! (PIER 39 garage costs $9/hour – that’s an $18 savings!)

Tip 2: Where to Eat

The following two delicious family-owned eateries are open for take-out.

Wipeout Bar & Grill is open for take-out 10:30am-6pm daily. This is a fun California surf-themed restaurant serving freshly grilled burgers, hand-tossed pizzas, tacos, burritos, salads, Fish n Chips and a full bar. Order here. (Pending weather, call for updated hours).

TIP: Save your receipt! The coupon on the bottom gets you 15% off ALL coffee drinks at Biscoff Coffee Corner next door.

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant serves award winning clam chowder made from scratch daily and 100% sustainable seafood. Order here.

Tip 3: Where to shop

Most shops are open including Lids (NEW & North America’s largest Luds store), Alcatraz Gift Shop, Chocolate Heaven, and more. For the most update-to-date list, check this PIER 39 page for open stores.

Tip 4: Health & Safety


PIER 39 is the ideal safe 2020 outing. The pier is an open-air marketplace that monitors guest count to ensure everyone has space to socially distance. Guests are required to wear face coverings (3 years+). Forgot your mask? No worries, you can purchase one near the entrance.

Tip 5: Must-See Attractions

Sea Lions

The perfect COVID-safe attraction? Watching the sea lions in the fresh bay air at a distance from others. The best place to view the famous sea lions is the end of the pier, left-hand side. Markings on the ground help visitors keep 6 feet from each other while enjoying their favorite marine mammals.

Know before you go: Check the PIER 39 sea lion webcam here to see how many sea lions are on the docks today.

Musical Stairs

Check out these free fun musical stairs that play a note each time you step! The perfect setting for your next TikTok. Find the stairs halfway down the pier, across from Pier Market Seafood Restaurant.

PIER 39 Fun Facts

As you walk the pier, keep an eye out for more than 10 plaques containing fun facts and photos on buildings around the entire pier.

For the most update-to-date list, check this PIER 39 web page for open attractions.

Tip 6: What to Wear

Since PIER 39 is mostly outdoors with bay breezes, we recommend bringing a warm coat and a hat and sunglasses. It can get quite chilly as the wind picks up, but it can also get hot if you are sitting in the sun.