SF-Embarcadero-Ferry Building Marketplace

San Francisco
Ferry Building Marketplace’s best

Ferry Building Marketplace’s landmark 1898 building is 2-stories-high and features a sky-lighted interior corridor that stretches the length of two football fields.  A sort of indoor Main Street, it is filled with food-related stalls and shops.  All the best, most delicious organic produce and gourmet delicacies are easy to collect and carry home:  Acme baked goods, Peet’s coffee, Scharffen Berger chocolates.  Shops specializing in caviar and in mushrooms are also in the mix.  

Location At foot of Market St./The Embarcadero. 

Ferry Building Marketplace attractions

Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market 
This popular market operates informally around the exterior of the building and provides seasonal produce, cheeses, baked goods, and more from local growers and producers. 

lavendeer for sale at Ferry Building farmers Market in San Francisco, California
lavendeer for sale at Ferry Building farmers Market

Ferry Building Marketplace shops

Book Passage 
This small branch of the well-known mother ship in Larkspur offers a satisfying browse, has a nice selection of San Francisco souvenirs, and also schedules special events. 

display in Book Passage in San Francisco's Ferry Building
display in Book Passage in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Heath Ceramics 
Perhaps you’ve heard about this dinnerware brand as the one of choice used by Chez Panisse.  The original factory and store is in Sausalito. 

interior of Heath Ceramics in San Francisco's Ferry Building
interior of Heath Ceramics in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Ferry Building Marketplace
food shops and restaurants

Acme Bread Company 
This is the only branch of Berkeley’s acclaimed artisan bakery, and it carries the full selection.  Team up a baguette with some Cowgirl Creamery cheese from the nearby stand and you will have a wonderful snack to enjoy outside on a waterfront bench. 

counter at Acme Bakery in San Francisco's Ferry Building
counter at Acme Bakery in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Ferry Plaza Wine Bar 
The food menu here is simple—a few cheese plates, a few meat plates, and some sides–roasted mixed nuts, marinated olives and mushrooms, a lemon hummus or fire-roasted eggplant-garlic spread, and assorted caviars.  A nice variety of wines are available as a 2-ounce taste or a 5-ounce glass, as well as by carafe or bottle.  A well-stocked wine store adjoins. 

wine and cheese setting at Ferry Plaza Wine Bar in Ferry Building in San Francisco, California
wine and cheese setting at Ferry Plaza Wine Bar in Ferry Building

Gott’s Roadside 
Everyone seems to love the great hamburger, sweet potato fries, and milkshake (my fave is the Madagascar vanilla), but salads, fish & chips, and tacos are also on the menu.  Sitting at outside picnic tables is an option.

interior of Gotts Roadside in San Francisco's Ferry Building
interior of Gotts Roadside in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

Imperial Tea Court  
This exotic hideaway is a traditional Chinese teahouse that serves some of the world’s most acclaimed, and expensive, teas.  Sit down at one of the beautiful rosewood tables and relax while a selected tea is prepared before you.  Do be adventuresome and try an earthy fermented pu’erh or some other exotic tea.  Like it?  It’s available for purchase, as are an assortment of tea accouterments.  Hungry?  Stay for lunch and dine on spicy house hand-pulled noodles in a rich broth or on a dim sum selection.  Tired?  A marvelous lounge table for two is located near the entrance.

interior of Imperial Tea Court in San Francisco's Ferry Building
interior of Imperial Tea Court in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

The Slanted Door 
Delicious Vietnamese-inspired food made from quality organic ingredients is served here in a sleek, stylish setting with a bay view.  Best bets from the open kitchen include soft spring rolls, rice noodle stir-fry, caramelized shrimp, and spicy baby spinach-eggplant with coconut sauce.  Mick Jagger got some satisfaction from the grapefruit and jicama salad, shaking beef, and spicy green beans when he dined here.  And that’s just the tip of the culinary iceberg.  A large selection of precious hot teas and unusual ales is also available, and don’t miss the exceptional  dessert churros with passionfruit and chocolate sauces .  If you don’t have a reservation, which is essential here, you can probably find a seat at the bar and at least have a drink and appetizer—think mai tai and slanted door shrimp spring rolls.

Interior of The Slanted Door in San Francisco's Ferry Building
Interior of The Slanted Door in San Francisco’s Ferry Building

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