On July 13, 1898, San Francisco’s historic Ferry Building made its grand debut at the top of Market Street on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Today, an impressive 125 years later, the building, with its iconic clocktower inspired by the Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain, remains one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks and popular visitor destinations.
But the Ferry Building is more than just a tourist hotspot. At its heart, it’s a transit center, a hub from which locals and visitors start their adventures around the area, and on Saturday mornings, it plays host to what’s arguably one of the finest farmers markets in America. Still, you don’t have to wait for the weekend to get a taste of what makes San Francisco a top-tier dining city. Since 2003 the building has also housed a retail marketplace with dozens of local merchants, makers, and, yes, restaurants.
The roster of excellent options for food and drink at the Ferry Building Marketplace includes a number of legendary local businesses such as Acme Bread, Dandelion Chocolate, and Hog Island Oyster Company. But in the past year or so, there’s also been a handful of new openings, bringing fresh flavors to the mix. Here’s a guide to 10 of the don’t-miss dishes at San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace. Click here to read more.