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Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building Ferry Building Photo by Michael Rivera via Wikimedia

San Francisco is one of those cities that it’s almost tough to know what to do first when you arrive for a visit. It is a city that is home to many iconic sites, such as Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf, that choosing your first attraction can become something of a head scratcher. It can be argued that one of the best ways to make that decision is over a good meal. Fortunately, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting some fantastic food and seeing a legendary San Francisco landmark with a visit to the Ferry Building Marketplace.

The Ferry Building structure is another one that is almost instantly recognizable, although most would be hard pressed to put a name to the building. This may be because the Ferry Building was actually a functioning transport hub when it was first constructed and opened back in 1898. The bustling ferry port served as the access point for people who worked in San Francisco area, but who lived across the bay in Oakland and other areas. It goes without saying that the need for such a port became somewhat unnecessary when the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges were put into operation in the 1930’s.

The original interior of the Ferry Building was a sight to behold, but most of the original architecture was rent asunder and replaced by office spaces in the 1950’s. The building became something of an afterthought to residents of San Francisco, especially when its façade was virtually obliterated from view with the addition of the Embarcadero Freeway. The earthquake of 1991 put paid to that unsightly road and breathed new life into the stunning Ferry Building. Restorations were quickly planned, with the idea that the building would be home to a sumptuous marketplace, as well as some office space on the second floor.

Interior of Ferry BuildingThe restorations began in 1999, and by 2003, the Ferry Building Marketplace was opened for business. San Francisco has always been known for its food and restaurant, and the Ferry Building Marketplace helped add a further touch of class to that proud culinary history. The main floor space of the marketplace will definitely make you feel as though you are strolling through a food and wine market somewhere in Europe. Look a little closer, though, and you will see that all of the items on display are produced in the area, with wines, cheeses, and other delights that are sure to delight.

The building is also home to a number of great restaurants and cafes, with some even offering sidewalk service that is again very European in style. The views from the Ferry Building Marketplace serve as a constant reminder of where you are, though, with some amazing views of the San Francisco Bay, which includes the two bridges that, in a roundabout kind of way, were actually responsible for the new role that the Ferry Building Marketplace plays in the community today.


Mon-Fri: 10am–6pm
Sat: 9am–6pm
Sun: 11am–5pm
Address/Map:    1 Ferry building, San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 983-8030
Website: Ferry Building Marketplace