Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building Marketplace

The waterfront Ferry Building is a very clean indoor shopping complex with an upscale farmer’s market ambiance located at the Embarcadero. The shops here are small and primarily food related. Cowgirl Creamery Artisan Cheese Shop has great, but costly, handmade cheeses. But they will offer samples with crackers. Speaking of samples, the olive oil purveyors, Stonehouse Olive Oil and McEvoy Ranch, will both let you try their wonderful flavors with bread. The Ferry Marketplace has a wine tasting room and Tomales Bay oysters are available from Hog Island Oyster Company. Kingdom of Herbs is a unique, all-in-one nursery, kitchen and home store in one. They sell seeds to start herb or vegetable plants or the plants themselves and the pots, organic planting mixes, tools, books, and even salad bowls in which to serve your harvest.

At the northeast corner is the fabulous Slanted Door, the nationally acclaimed Vietnamese restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner. Reservations are a must. 415.861-8032 www.slanteddoor.com

Also nearby is Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet (formerly Taylor’s Refresher) one of three fun, upscale but relaxed eateries in the Bay area. The menu is a little pricey but this is not your typical burger joint. The “fast food is fine food” with gourmet burgers, fish sandwiches and tacos, garlic and sweet potato fries, hand-scooped shakes, and flavored soft drinks. It’s not easy to choose from the soft-shell crab or duck confit tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, or one of the specialties of the house, the ahi burgers (which from personal experience are divine.) Daily 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Be prepared for a wait. The lines are usually out the door. 866/EAT-FOOD www.gottsroadside.com

Ferry Building Marketplace, One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111 415/983-8000 Hours are: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. info@ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Get there for the tri-weekly, California certified Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market with outdoor vendors circling around the perimeter of the historic Ferry Building. Offerings encompass a bounty of fresh farm products with seemingly endless opportunities to graze on free samples while you shop. Street performers and live music are an integral part of the experience. On Thursday, go for the artisan street food . Saturday is the big day, which includes local restaurants’ culinary creations.

Hours for the farmer’s market are Tues/Thurs, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 415/291-3276 www.cuesa.org

Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the Marketplace or at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, the only exception being guide dogs for the blind, signal dogs for the deaf or disabled or handicapped service dogs.