Ferry Building, San Francisco, California
One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111| Map |
San Francisco’s Ferry Building is the perfect spot for vacationing families to start their visit to “The City by the Bay.'' A second visit should be made for lunch or dinner, because the Ferry Building has been converted to the biggest gourmet food court in California’s capital of cuisine. The Ferry Building Marketplace is easily located at the very end of Market Street, the hub of San Francisco, and it has its own BART subway station, bus and streetcar stops. Every yummy artisanal food to be had in California is at hand here, from award-winning cheeses and breads to seafood, ice cream, handmade chocolates and sausages, and some of the world’s best coffees. There’s plenty to browse and enjoy, and a couple of hours should be planned just to try the goodies. Tour and ferry tickets, plus other information can be found here, and San Francisco City Guides offers free walking tours of the Ferry Building. The tours are scheduled on Saturdays and Tuesdays, when the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is in operation. From its location on the Embarcadero, other buses and streetcars transport visitors to Fisherman’s Wharf and other attractions. For these reasons, the Ferry Building is one of San Franscisco’s best attractions for visitors.
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Tips for Families
Taking advantage of the Farmers Market is recommended, especially on Saturdays when some of SF's best known chefs are at the Market.
Address: One Ferry Building, San Francisco, California 94111| Map
Phone: 415 693 0996
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 am - 6 pm; Sat 9 am - 6 pm; Sun 11 am - 5 pm. Closed New Years, Thanksgiving, Christmas More Info
Price: Free More Info
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Grab a Bite, Head Outside and Watch the FerriesFlag review
The current Ferry Building opened in 1898 and while it still serves as a ferry dock, it's most well-known for having the who's who of Bay Area food vendor and artisan merchants. They're all here; Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle Coffee, Miette, Hog Island Oyster Company and the list goes on and on. Add in the eclectic gift and clothing merchants and this is an outing. While kids won't appreciate the gastronomy or the shopping, they will like watching the action at the back of the building where ferries and people watching are the game.
Tips for Families
Cowgirl Sidekick has good sandwiches and for immediate hunger relief the Argentine grab-n-go empanadas at El Porteno always hit the spot. Head towards the back of the Ferry Building for indoor and outdoor seating. The central area is usually crowded and can be overwhelming for small children.
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