Ferry to San Francisco
Now that you’ve made it to the city by the bay, what should you do?
THE SAN FRANCISCO FERRY BUILDING is a foodie mecca, but the city’s neighboring ferry stops have plenty to offer as well. Whether you’re bound for Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero or AT&T Park, these local establishments are worth checking out.
Ferry Building Marketplace
HUNT The iconic Ferry Building is a prime afternoon browsing spot. Swing by Book Passage for a new best seller, peruse kitchenware at Sur La Table, sample cheese at Cowgirl Creamery — best paired with fresh bread from Acme — or pick up honey products from Beekind. ferrybuildingmarketplace.com
NIBBLE Hog Island Oyster Company has transformed from oyster bar to full scale restaurant, allowing you to sample oysters grown in the waters of Marin in an upscale city setting. hogislandoysters.com
TAKE AWAY Heath Ceramics may be found in restaurants and museums all over the world, but its origins are in Sausalito. The tableware has been produced in small batches in the same location since 1948, and the Ferry Building outpost offers an edited selection. heathceramics.com
Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf
HUNT A tourist magnet since 1978, Pier 39 (near the Pier 41 terminal) is filled with seafood restaurants, novelty shops and sea lion sightings, all in a charming — though often crowded — wharf setting. Street performers and live music make every visit unforgettable. pier39.com
NIBBLE DeLise Dessert Cafe offers handmade, small-batch treats. Supplemented by ice cream crafted from nearby Straus Creamery and coffee from San Francisco’s Four Barrel, local and organic desserts have never been sweeter. delisesf.com
TAKE AWAY Pick up a quirky favor that matches the city’s personality at Jackson & Polk, a store that celebrates the spirit of San Francisco. Gift items from local makers and artists are portable representations of any S.F. visit. jacksonandpolk.com
HUNT Early to the ball game? Stake out the best local view. China Basin Park features an outside-the-stadium angle on McCovey Cove — complete with a statue of former first baseman Willie McCovey himself — while South Beach Park is the perfect spot for a pre-game bayside picnic.
NIBBLE For a memorable meal that’s close to the stadium but removed from the accompanying seagulls, Twenty Five Lusk offers upscale, creative fare, a lounge and bar and a modern appeal that will sate your game time appetite — though let’s be honest, you may still eye those ballpark garlic fries. 25lusk.com
TAKE AWAY Classic caps, foggy-day sweatshirts and Bumgarner jerseys can be found at the Giants Dugout Store, the ultimate stop for black-and-orange memorabilia. Stop by before, after or during the game to stock up on home run–worthy keepsakes. sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com