I had visited my friend a few times before I decided to move here and one of my favourite things to do is visit the Ferry Building. It’s a constant “go to” place and always on my “suggest list” when friends go to San Fran.
Located at the foot of Market Street, the Ferry Building was open in the late 1800s and was the hub for trains arriving from the east, and was also a port for ferryboats in the early 1900s during the goldrush.
Long and short of it, the automobile was introduced, the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge were built, so there was a decline in the use of ferryboats and train. Also, the double decker freeway was built across from the Ferry Building, casting a shadow on it’s beauty. Earthquake struck in the 1980s, freeway was torn down and the Ferry Building was put back into the spot light. Cleaned up and reno’d and here we are today.
Today, it’s so many things rolled into one! It’s an amazing food hall of local artisans who serve and sell the most amazing local food. You can also get local wine and kitchen supplies to be that chef you have wanted to be. Oh and don’t forget the cheese!
There are also a few great restaurants as well.
Outside of course, is the Farmer’s Market. It’s open Tuesday, Thursdays & Saturdays! There are so many amazing foods from the Bay area - lavender, strawberries, peaches, brussel sprouts, chicken, beef, herbs, etc. It’s a feast to any food lover and cook.
I like to run down there - about a 1.3 mile run - poke around, grab a snack (okay a freshly made pastry, don’t judge ) and then I run back home. It will definitely be a place I will go to regularly on my bike to buy my produce and support the local farmers.
If you have never been, you must go.
Information Source: www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com