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Ferry Building Marketplace

Ferry Building Marketplace
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Type of Attraction
Markets & Bazaars, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Shopping, Culinary Arts, Local Culture, Architecture, Photography
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Available
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Ferry Building Marketplace

A Terminal of Commerce

Expert Pick Must See

Address: Phone:
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
+1 415 983 8030


The Ferry Building Marketplace was originally opened as a bustling ferry terminal in 1898. Designed primarily by A. Page Brown, a young architect who envisioned a massive steel-framed terminal unlike any seen in its day, several years and modifications were spent on the construction of the building. The most prominent feature of the terminal is its 240-foot-tall clock tower that rises up into the sky from the central entrance. The clock tower was influenced by the Seville Cathedral in Spain, and much emphasis was given in detail compared to other parts of the building. The building's interior was also very ornate, with mosaic tiles and arching gateways. The Ferry Building remained one of the busiest hubs throughout the first half of the century, however when the Bay Bridge opened in 1936, and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937, the rise of the automobile began to become more popular. By the time the 1950s arrived, the building was essentially deserted, and one half century later in 2003, the building was completely renovated to provide a space for restaurants, marketplaces, and shops. The Ferry Building Marketplace is a must see for people looking for a farmers' market, or a bowl of that acclaimed San Francisco clam chowder.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm, Sat; 11am-5pm, Sun
Notes: Hours for individual businesses may vary.
Visit Time: 1hr-Half day(4hr)
Average Wait Time: None
Notes: Dogs are not allowed in marketplace.
Price: Free


Indoor with climate control. Notes: This is both an indoor and outdoor venue. So, dress accordingly--in layers.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI, BART, Ferry Boat, Trolley (F)
Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Ferry/Boat Subway Walking
Notes: Parking is really difficult on the Farmer's Market days. At last look the meters in this neighborhood gave five minutes for a quarter.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: The Pier 1/2 Lot, Embarcadero at Washington Lot, and the 75 Howard Street Garage are located nearby. See website for parking details.

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