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The Ferry Building/Embarcadero

Pros: The most energetic, diverse lunch scene in SF
Cons: Gotta eat early to avoid lunch crush
Best For: Farmers market days, really good restaurants and sitting by the bay

The Ferry Building is foodie central in an historic landmark.
Ferry Building
From 1898 to the 1930's, ferry transport into SF ruled and this was the depot. The 245 ft. trademark clock tower is a replica of the Bell Tower at the Cathedral of Seville (12th century). This building has withstood two major earthquakes and near extinction due to the building of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges and the ascension of the automobile. Newly renovated. Some of the star attractions are:
Cowgirl Creamery
Cowgirl Creamery
Acme Bread Co.
Hog Island Oyster Co.
Blue Bottle Coffee
Boulette's Larder
Slanted Door
Ciao Bella Gelato Bar
Miette Patisserie
Il Cane Rosso
Ferry Building Farmers Market
What launches this place into hyper-goodness is the sustainable agriculture farmers' market which sets up Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm and Saturday from 8am-2pm. On Thursday all of downtown lines up at 12 noon for gourmet street food vendors.

The new Ferry Building is genius...just the kind of quality of life upgrade that San Francisco is famous for. Put together a picnic lunch and hop a ferry for Sausalito.

The Ferry Building Marketplace
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, 94111
Minimum Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm
Website For More Info: http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/visitors.php
Take A Free Ferry Building Walking Tour Every Tuesday and Saturday At Noon
Best Way To Get There: The Historic Trolley Car Line "F"
Embarcadero At the Foot of Market Street