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Ferry Building – Embarcadero

History

The San Francisco Ferry building was, at one point, the second busiest transport station in the world. This declined tremendously with the building of both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. With the decline, it became almost a forgotten asset once the construction of the double decker freeway that passed right in front of the building was completed. One would merely only think of it in passing. Now, it’s almost impossible to think of San Francisco without it.

The Ferry Building today

The San Francisco Ferry Building offers ferry services to Alameda, Oakland’s Jack London Square, Vallejo and South San Francisco.

This is the  location of the most well known Farmers Market in San Francisco. On Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays all year long you can sample local and farm fresh produce.

The Ferry building is home to some great eateries such as Blue Bottle Coffee, Hog Island Oyster Company, The Slanted Door and El Porteno which makes the most amazing empanadas.

For additional boutique shopping and delicious restaurants The Embarcadero Center is a great place to check out. This is also a location of a number of San Francisco Events, an extension of Farmers Market with local retail vendors.

The Embarcadero Center is comprised of 5 similarly structured office towers built to replicate books on a bookshelf and 2 hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Hotel which at one point housed a revolving restaurant at the top named Equinox.