Ferry Building Marketplace

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Key Info

Market Street

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m.-6 p.m. | S...

Details

Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Attention all foodies: this delectable attraction needs to be at the top of your San Francisco to-do list. The Ferry Building Marketplace is a public food market that features a variety of food stalls that act as small restaurants, snack stops and grocery stores. Here you can find everything from staples, such as seafood, burgers, Mexican food and plenty of coffee, to a Japanese delicatessen, empanada stand, nut shop and a cheese and dairy bar.

Many travelers who stopped by the Ferry Building Marketplace visited multiple times during their San Francisco trip. Visitors were impressed with the amount, variety and overall quality of eats available on-site. Though there are formal restaurants available, some visitors say the best strategy is to pick up a to-go meal and enjoy it along the scenic waterfront. And if you're not one for lines, don't come on the weekends. For a different perspective of the marketplace, view it from the water on a narrated boat tour.

You can reach the marketplace via the Embarcadero BART/Muni Station and several public buses lines. Parking is also available near the marketplace. The marketplace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m with slightly different hours on the weekends. Restaurants and stores, however, maintain varied hours. The farmers market welcomes shoppers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For further details, consult the Ferry Marketplace website.

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