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San Francisco | The Ferry Building–Since 1898!

September 3, 2015
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Walking into the Ferry Building today is like walking into a “market place melting pot” of everything under the sun! There’s a farmers market, restaurants, specialty shops, even a grocery store but on the day of it’s opening in 1898 it was a whole different ball game.

In those days up to 50,000 people a day commuted by Ferry–I can only imagine what it might be like to experience the hustle and bustle of commuters in the early 1900’s enjoying the beautiful design of architect, Arthur Page Brown. Brown was sure to include the iconic 245 ft. tall clock tower modeled after a cathedral in Seville, Spain that is the beautiful landmark still today.

ferry building clock tower construction

The completion of the Bridges in the 30’s along with the use of a thing called the automobile brought the hustle and the bustle of this Ferry building to a slow halt.

old photo of the san francisco ferry building

However, Equity Office and Wilson Meany Sullivan restored the beloved Ferry Building to it’s original decadence and here we are today enjoying it!

renovation of the san francisco ferry building

 san francisco ferry building san francisco ferry building san francisco ferry building architecture     The front of the building on Saturdays is filled with fresh finds out in front. This Farmers Market is open in the front Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-2pm and on Saturdays it is in full swing in the front and back of the building from 8am-2pm, offering everything you could ever image from some of the best chefs and farmers around.farmers market at the san francisco ferry building   I entered through the main entrance and loved taking a quick look at the history on the walls along with the directory. san francisco ferry building history and directory   This placed was packed at noon on a Saturday–apparently a whopping 25,000 people wander though this place a week!
 san francisco ferry building ferry schedule board
They literally have everything here–a grocery store, a huge meat market, and cheeses galore! san francisco ferry building meat and cheeseBeautiful fresh flowers! san francisco ferry building flowersThe Ferry building is not just a place to eat but a place to shop–there’s book stores, kitchenware  stores…..  san francisco ferry building specialty shops….Including Sur La Table–one of my faves! It’s like Williams and Sonoma but a little bit more affordable. And I’m not sure how many times I have walked by the Ferry Building and not noticed they have a Gott’s Roadside! I’ve only been to the one in St. Helena -they have super delicious Fish Tacos! With this one closer to the water I can only imagine the fish tasting even better! I will test it and let you know!

 san francisco ferry building sur la tab and gott's roadside     If you go back outside the front entrance, turn to the left and go up these gold railed stairs it will take you to the 2nd level where the bathrooms are located–go to the right and they are at the end on the left. And for the ladies who want to know–they are clean!
 san francisco ferry building bathroom location directions    The architecture is beautiful and I loved seeing our great state seal on the floor–The 2nd floor is available for weddings and special events and I have seen engagement photos take place here too.
 san francisco ferry building 2nd levelThe view front the top. san francisco ferry building bathroom location directionsOut back is a ton of outdoor seating and the rest of the Farmer’s Market (only available in the back on Saturday’s).
 san francisco ferry building out backWhen you leave the building, if you take a short walk to the left you can visit Pier 14 for some incredible views of the city.pier 14 san francisco   Fall is one of the best times to visit San Francisco if you have the choice. Some of the warmest and sunniest days occur in the Fall. I wore a tank, shorts and sandals and was never cold. However, always bring a jacket for the evenings. san francisco pier 14 viewIt is also the location where Kate Stienle’s life was taken way too soon. Rest in peace Kate.kate steinle's memorial spot on pier 14

  The Ferry Building offers tours if you are a history buff like me! I love learning the history of places! The tours are free and start at noon on Saturdays and Tuesdays. They are led by San Francisco City Guides use–sfcitygiudes.org.

Address:

One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111

Phone:(415) 983-8030

E-mail: info@ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Hours:

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

Saturdays 9am-6pm

Sundays 11am-5pm

For the Complete list of shops and places to dine click here.

Have you been here? What shop do you recommend? Let me know in the comments! And if this was helpful to you, please share it.

Xx,

 

Goldie+James

 

 

 

*All photos in this post are mine except for the old ones in the beginning which are linked back to their respective owners.

 

 

 

Goldie James

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