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Visiting the San Francisco Ferry Building


Inspired by the USA Today article on food markets, I compiled some images from our visits to the Ferry Building in San Francisco.  If you are headed to the city, the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is a must-visit in my opinion.

The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay, including the ferry to Sausalito (which we recommend), and a marketplace.  This iconic destination is widely recognized for its 245-foot tall clock tower and it’s expansive arched arcades that go through the full length of the building. Built in 1898, the space was renovated in 2002 after lack of use as transportation needs shifted.  Part of this redevelopment created the current marketplace area on the ground floor, which was formerly the baggage handling area. The second and third floors were adapted for office and Port Commission use.

On the ground floor market, you will find small local artisanal shops – everything from bakeries, meat/fish markets, a cheese creamery, wine store and bar, farmers market booths,mushrooms, and a local raw honey booth. Food destinations such as Acme Bread Company, Cowgirl Creamery’s Artisan Cheese Shop, DELICA, Hog Island Oyster Company, and so many more line the halls of this beautiful building.  With skylights providing a natural glow and views of the bay, it is a picturesque spot sure to inspire some great images.

Any visit to San Francisco for us will involve a stop here. In fact, if I had a long layover in the city then this would be my one and only stop.  It is located right off the BART via the Embarcadero Station. We usually make a stop for meat at Boccalone for meat samples, drip coffee from Blue Bottle Coffee, garlic fries from Gott’s Roadside, and knock out a few businesses in one stop at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant where they serve the famous Acme bread and Cowgirl Creamery cheeses with wine flights.   The wine bar has been our last stop before boarding the BART back to the airport on many a trip actually.

And if you are lucky enough to be there on a Saturday when the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is happening, then go to Primavera for chilaquiles, Roti Roti Gourmet Rotisserie for a porchetta, and Pepples Donuts for an organic gourmet doughnut.

With a commitment to the food community of San Francisco, the Ferry Building is a gathering place for local farmers, artisan producers, and independently owned and operated food businesses.  If you are a food lover, a shopper, on a business trip looking for a place to lunch, or just a family seeking an affordable tourist site, this is definitely one of the top stops in the city.



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