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The San Francisco Ferry Building

When it first opened in 1898, the San Francisco Ferry Building was a transportation center for those crossing the San Francisco Bay. While traveling by ferry was the main way to access the city until the 1930s, today there are many ways to get to San Francisco. Yet, tourists and locals alike still have good reason to visit the Ferry Building. Aside from its striking architecture, this historic site is now a public food market that is home to some of the best artisanal foods in the Bay Area.

Touring San Francisco can be a lot of work, but the vendors in the Ferry Building supply lots of bite-size delights that restore energy while offering an unforgettable culinary experience. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try a honey-filled straw from Carmel Honey, or head to Humphry Slocombe for a scoop of s’more flavored ice cream. For something savory, pick up a chard and gruyere empanada at the popular El Porteño or a beef wagyu jerky steak at Golden Gate Meat Company. If you’re looking for a full meal, find a gourmet twist on burgers and fries at Gott’s Roadside, or opt for locally sourced seafood at Hog Island Oyster Company.

If you want to experience the Ferry Building like a true local, visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, which is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Operated by the Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture, the farmers market features famous chefs and farmers bringing their best and freshest to the front of the Ferry Building.

From sophisticated snacks to sit-down dinners, the Ferry Building has a unique take on whatever you’re craving and is a must see, both for its historic value and its modern culinary experiences.