Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Building Marketplace
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A city landmark transformed into a gourmet food emporium and farmers market.
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Neighborhood: South Beach
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  • Embarcadero • 5 min walk
  • Embarcadero • 6 min walk
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  • Cassandra595
    Southampton Parish, Bermuda271 contributions
    Expensive but worth it
    Expensive little individual shops but worth it for sure....my favorites all covered....wine for every pocket and taste, cheese, crackers, bakery, coffee, tea, chocolate, soap, olive oil. Artisan products. A welcome find after all the tatty shops, bars and restaurants down near Pier 39. Fruit sellers outside...go early.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • mrsammy7
    Herzliya, Israel8 contributions
    San Francico - A fun and interesting city!
    Always a fun and interesting city to visit. Love the Haight-Ashbury area. I like Golden Gate Park and the waterfront (Pier 39+) area. Just discovered the Palace of Fine Arts and it's a don't miss place to visit. You'll only need one hour. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge either by car, bike or walking. The view from the other side is special. A drive down Lombard Street is different and fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Kimberly
    9 contributions
    Classy inside and LONG walk from parking
    Awesome place to meander around. Lots of foodie cafes/stores inside and many were wonderful smells and tasting. I went during the week and there weren’t many vendors outside peddling their junk wares. Thank goodness. Inside was very clean and classy. Even a lady had her Falcon (?) on her arm inside shoppers that was neat. Long ways to park from entrance. Plan on walking A LOT!!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Irene I
    Majorca, Spain33 contributions
    Market place delight
    Apart from being the view point where I saw in the ‘Bells’ for New Year 7 years ago , and watched the awesome firework display (and it really was awesome. A magnificent 15 minute display of pyrotechnical wizardry.) the Ferry terminal is also home to a fantastic artisan market place. There are all sorts of items on sale from food and drink to trinkets, books and one off crafts. The food stalls are amazing - and expensive. (But then, everything in SF is expensive.) There is a great buzz about the place and a wonderful atmosphere. The whole ferry area is a must visit, from Pier 1 right along to Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 45. The walk from end to end can take an hour but have a coffee and snack at the marketplace and then stroll to the other end and have a bread bowl filled with clam chowder. Another touristy must do.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • glasgowlassy82
    Glasgow, United Kingdom35 contributions
    A brilliant place to visit and experience some amazing food San fransisco has to offer
    A great place to visit and explore all the different foods on offer. We had to go and sample the amazing ACME bakery and then got amazing things to have with this. Sat outside in the sun taking in the views so a great place to spend a Friday afternoon visiting the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Kentwoolgar
    Brighton, United Kingdom127 contributions
    Foody festival of fun.
    If you’re in the area on a Saturday, it’s well worth a visit. Many food stands to choose from. Chose the Mexican stand with the massive queue for breakfast. Outstanding Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Could have spent a few hours here but my waistline wouldn’t allow it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Scott
    San Francisco, California5,296 contributions
    Must see of course
    Always a cool part of San Francisco for tourists and locals. You can grab an amazing empanada, by your clipper card at the Bay crossings shop, visit one of the best mushroom themed stores in California, and board your ferry here. You'll find public bathrooms. Unfortunately, I'm not thrilled with the coffee choices at the ferry building. Blue bottle is way overpriced and they don't even have non-fat milk.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,734 contributions
    Gourmet Food For Sale
    A building with a long history as a transit center now is used as a food place, a market to buy stuff plus a number of small restaurants, some of them excellent. The ferry terminals are outside and in back. Great fun to walk around both inside and out. Gourmet food for Sale.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • focusport22
    171 contributions
    Good food stalls.
    The Ferry Building has a lot of different food places and a few shops. It a good place to stop for lunch and wonder around sampling different items. There is a very nice view of the water and surrounding area in the back of the building.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 27, 2023
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focusport22
171 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Ferry Building has a lot of different food places and a few shops. It a good place to stop for lunch and wonder around sampling different items. There is a very nice view of the water and surrounding area in the back of the building.
Written December 27, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,734 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
A building with a long history as a transit center now is used as a food place, a market to buy stuff plus a number of small restaurants, some of them excellent. The ferry terminals are outside and in back. Great fun to walk around both inside and out. Gourmet food for Sale.
Written December 26, 2023
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Scott
San Francisco, CA5,296 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Always a cool part of San Francisco for tourists and locals. You can grab an amazing empanada, by your clipper card at the Bay crossings shop, visit one of the best mushroom themed stores in California, and board your ferry here.

You'll find public bathrooms.

Unfortunately, I'm not thrilled with the coffee choices at the ferry building. Blue bottle is way overpriced and they don't even have non-fat milk.
Written November 11, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kentwoolgar
Brighton, UK127 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you’re in the area on a Saturday, it’s well worth a visit. Many food stands to choose from. Chose the Mexican stand with the massive queue for breakfast. Outstanding Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Could have spent a few hours here but my waistline wouldn’t allow it.
Written October 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,470 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The ferry building marketplace has some fixed shops inside the building but mostly it’s the external traders. Normally 4 days a week.
Written October 7, 2023
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Tiffani H
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Online made the Ferry Building seem like a place we just had to visit. We were very disappointed as there where not as many shops and things to see as you are led to believe online.
Written September 24, 2023
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glasgowlassy82
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A great place to visit and explore all the different foods on offer. We had to go and sample the amazing ACME bakery and then got amazing things to have with this. Sat outside in the sun taking in the views so a great place to spend a Friday afternoon visiting the city.
Written September 19, 2023
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PandM_10
Great Malvern, UK258 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Amazing market, lots of great produce - had the best cup of coffee at blue bottle, well worth checking out.
Cool spot on the Bay.
Written September 5, 2023
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AdventureMN95
Minneapolis, MN127 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Ferry Building it a nice spot for eating and not much else. We went on a Sunday and they had a little artist market that was outdoor and fun to walk around but really don’t need to spend more then an hour here if your not eating anything.
Written September 3, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Irene I
Majorca, Spain33 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Apart from being the view point where I saw in the ‘Bells’ for New Year 7 years ago , and watched the awesome firework display (and it really was awesome. A magnificent 15 minute display of pyrotechnical wizardry.) the Ferry terminal is also home to a fantastic artisan market place.

There are all sorts of items on sale from food and drink to trinkets, books and one off crafts. The food stalls are amazing - and expensive. (But then, everything in SF is expensive.) There is a great buzz about the place and a wonderful atmosphere. The whole ferry area is a must visit, from Pier 1 right along to Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 45. The walk from end to end can take an hour but have a coffee and snack at the marketplace and then stroll to the other end and have a bread bowl filled with clam chowder. Another touristy must do.
Written August 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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