Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

Located inside a landmark building designed by architect A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts style, Ferry Building Marketplace takes up the entire ground floor, the former baggage handling area of a ferry terminal. At its completion in 1898, this building was the largest project ever undertaken in the city. Today, the marketplace attracts foodies from around the country with its small shops selling everything from expensive mushrooms and sourdough bread to award-winning wines, cheeses, and chocolate cupcakes. The plaza just outside the building hosts local farmers and merchants selling organic produce grown in the area, as well as fast foods like burgers, pizzas, and tacos. Don't miss a stop at one of the marketplace restaurants, serving fresh seafood dishes and signature cocktails. Use our San Francisco holiday planner to arrange your visit to Ferry Building Marketplace and other attractions in San Francisco.
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  • Great place to find specialty shops and try local food. It's always bustling and a pretty good way to burn time while waiting for a ferry. The scenery is relaxing and there's a ton of stuff right across the street. My favorite thing to do is buying food samples from the sweets shops
  • This is a really cool place to take a date or friends from out of town. There's lots of small business that sell delicious food or beautifully crafted goods. And if you don't feel like buying anything at all there's a beautiful view of the bay bridge on the deck in the back. There's even benches to sit on that face the water. Check the hours on when this place closes. It closes a little early. Definitely one of my go to places to visit in the financial district area.
  • This was one of my favorite places I got to visit during my trip! Being a total foodie I loved being able to go around to different vendors and get local goods! I bought some wine from the wine shop, got some wonderful cheese from cowgirl creamery, and sourdough bread from Acme... Then I got to enjoy it with a fabulous view right outside! Definitely worth the trip if you enjoy local products and are interested in a getting a little sample of everything!
  • I love the Ferry Building. It's close to work in FiDi so I often come here for lunches during the work week and also not too far from home in Nob Hill so I drop by during the Saturday Farmers Market. The Ferry Building itself is a gem. I love the many choices of restaurants and and little desert places. It's also nice that you can buy food and eat by the water in sight of the Bay Bridge. The Farmers Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are the best. You can have a bite to eat at the food truck stands and also shop around for fresh produce. It's also great because you can get lots of samplings of the fresh fruits too! It's definitely worth making a trip to if you're visiting SF!
  • It is fantastic to walk around and look at everything. The prices are a little high and they are organic. Hippies. Yeah and the best part is you can't respond to this. Hahaha. Nah it's all good. Why would you ask for pesticides on your food? I just don't care. Good food though.

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