San Francisco, one of my favorite cities which I haven't been to since 2003 has changed a lot but still remains the same. The laid-back vibe is still there along with the love for all things organic, local and seasonal. No visit would have been complete without a stop at the Ferry Building Marketplace. And if you're luck enough to be there on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, you'll get a chance to experience the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market and see the local producers in action.
We arrived in San Francisco on a Thursday morning and after checking in to our hotel, we walked the ten or more blocks down Market street towards the Ferry Plaza. Originally constructed in 1898, it was rebuilt in 1991 and opened as a historical building housing the best produce and specialty food purveyors like Cowgirl Creamery, Frog Hollow Farm, Acme Bread Company, Blue Bottle Coffee to name a few and restaurants like Slanted Door, Gott's Roadside and the Market Bar.
Lunch at the Ferry Building on Market day can be a simple sandwich from Acme, a hunk of cheese from Cowgirl or if you're willing to queue up, a delicious porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti or from one of the many food trucks parked outside three times a week. As we were with the kids, we decided to sit at one of the outdoor picnic tables at Gott's Roadside (formerly Taylor's Refresher) and order some burgers and garlic fries while we waited for the rest of our lunch from the food trucks. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day, typical California weather, and perfect for our impromptu al fresco lunch. After lunch, we queued up some more for a much-needed cappuccino at Blue Bottle Coffee. The line was so long that by the time I got to the front, I needed not just a cappuccino but also an espresso which I had one after the other. And yes, it was well worth the wait.
One Ferry PlazaSan Francisco 94111 CA
Telephone: + 1 415 983 8030
*Open daily from about 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Check for different opening hours on weekends)
*Farmer's Market and food trucks every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food runs out and on Saturdays from 8 a.m to 2 p.m.