Local shoppers, ferry commuters, savvy chefs, and tourists flock to San Francisco’s lively Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that pops up outside the historic Ferry Building every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. A variety of vendors set up shop in front of the landmark terminal along the Embarcadero, and the Saturday market, the largest iteration of the weekly markets, extends to the back plaza overlooking the bay as well. You can’t miss the tents of farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, picklers, jammers, and purveyors of other treats cast their shade across their many offerings. And if you drop by on a Thursday or a Saturday, you’ll also find an array of street food, like wood-fired pizza, kebabs, sandwiches, and tacos. If you can only make it on a Sunday, you’ll find a Garden Market in the farmers market’s place, selling plants and flowers.
While you’re there, step inside the handsome 1898 building (still a working ferry terminal) to peruse the offerings of a dazzling food hall, open every day. Stroll the length of the restored interior, where the Ferry Building Marketplace is now located, and you’ll find dozens of local comestible delights (wine, cheese, fish, meats, sweet treats) as well as goods and wares, high-end food kiosks, and grocery items (their site has a useful map).
On Saturdays, you can even leave your Farmers Market purchases with the “Veggie Valet” in front of the building to have them held free of charge while you continue shopping unencumbered. For a fine-dining experience, the location is home to The Slanted Door, Marketbar Restaurant, Boulettes Larder, and Hog Island Oysters. Before visiting, check to see if there are any upcoming events.
Useful info: The Farmers Markets hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; for parking, there is a lot at Washington Street and Embarcadero, near the base of Pier 1, and several other lots along the Embarcadero, and metered street parking.