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Ferry Building

Free admission
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, 94105

The Basics

With its imposing 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower, the Ferry Building is the San Francisco waterfront’s crown jewel. And it’s not just a waiting room for Bay Area ferry commuters—it’s a thriving marketplace with dozens of artisan producers in its vaulted food hall serving everything from hand-churned ice cream and local honey to Blue Bottle coffee and Acme Bread Company’s famous sourdough. Always-packed restaurants—including Gott's Roadside, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door—call the Ferry Building home, and the farmers market offers wildly fresh produce, meat, seafood, and prepared eats three days a week. Walk along the esplanade for great views of the Bay Bridge.

Many city tours—such as combo tours including Alcatraz—start or end at this iconic spot on the Embarcadero, while food tours of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market explore the property in-depth. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well. If you have more time, catch a ferry boat from the Ferry Building to Sausalito or arrive via private yacht charter from Napa.

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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
star-4.5
$174.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved the tour!!
Our host was very knowledgeable, the food was great and we had a very enjoyable time! We got to learn lots of history of the Ferry Building and learned a lot about the vendors and the local sourcing there.
Nancy_B, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-4
A fun adventure
Aimee_S, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
This attraction was one we picked only because we wanted to see Alcatraz, but we were happy we did. The food was a good variety and Carol was a great tour guide. We were full for the whole day. The ferry building was so fun, we went back to shop around again before our trip ended. Thanks for a fun time.
star-4
Delicious Food but Overpriced
Suzy_I, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
I took this tour because I couldn’t get Alcatraz tickets and this included a ticket. The food was delicious but I feel as the tour is overpriced for what you get.
star-5
Ferry Food Tour with Tori
penny02018, Jul 2018
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Fabulous! Tori is an extremely informative and totally delightful guide! I definitely recommend this awesome tour!
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Ferry building food tour
Susan_S, Jul 2018
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
This tour was an amazing one for a foodie! It was a tiny bit of history and a ton of food! You won’t be disappointed! Rebecca was awesome!
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Food Tour and Alcatraz
Jeannine_C, Jul 2018
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
This tour was a nice package! We started the day sampling some wonderful foods from various vendors at the Ferry building. The food was fabulous, and our tour guide Carol was very informative. We left her feeling very full and ready to begin our tour of Alcatraz. The ferry ride alone is great - especially if it's a nice day. Exploring the Prison and taking the Audio Tour was so interesting. Highly recommend!!!
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Food Tour and Alcatraz
Greg_G, Aug 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Great food, super guide (Henry) and fun/interesting tour of Alcatraz. Enjoyed by all. Only wish it could have lasted longer.
star-5
Fun in San Francisco
Diana B, Sep 2018
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
The food tour was interesting and Torri, our guide was excellent. She gave us tidbits of history about the pier area and ferry building. The Alcatraz tour was great.
star-5
Kind and Lucky
Dana_M, Jul 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
We were late for our food tour and the organizer emailed me saying the guide was looking for us. So kind! We are able to still go on the Alcatraz tour-which was very cool. So lucky!
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Súper!
Helena_M, Jul 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Santino was great: very creative and full of energy!! Order in tastings may be improved, and any kind of beverage added a must.
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Food tour
Belinda_P, Oct 2018
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
We went as a family of 4 and absolutely loved it. Our tour guide was Tori, she is very knowledgeable both about food and the local history. Lots of great food to try, we certainly didn’t go home hungry. Would highly recommend to anyone!
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Fun and Delicious
DaphneB101, Jul 2019
San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
Loved the Farmers Marketplace. Our guide, TRAVIS, was so knowledgeable and fun! The foods he chose were not only delicious but complimented each other. The strawberry macaroon was the perfect ending!
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10 Year Wedding Anniversary Food Tour
Lenny_W, Jul 2019
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
My wife and I went on the Ferry Building Food Tour while on our 10 year wedding anniversary trip to San Francisco. Our tour guide Travis was incredible! He was a former cheese monger at the Cowgirl Creamery (which is a stop on the tour) so he had a lot of personal experience and knowledge that he shared with us. The food was delicious and we were stuffed by the end of the tour. As an added bonus, he took us to the top floor so we could look down on all the shops. If you book this tour, hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Travis as your guide!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Ferry Building is a must for foodies.

  • The marketplace is exceptionally busy during rush hour, and an hour before and after games and events at AT&T Park.

  • Situated on San Francisco’s waterfront, weather can shift quickly from bright and sunny to foggy and cold. Dress in layers.

  • Restrooms are located on either end of the main hall.

  • Ferry Building restaurants and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Public transit to the Ferry Building is plentiful and convenient. MUNI’s E, F, J, K, L, M, N, and T street cars and 10, 12, and 41 bus lines all stop within two blocks of the Ferry Building, as does BART (Embarcadero station). Ferries to Alameda, Sausalito, Larkspur, and Vallejo dock at the Ferry Building.

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When to Get There

Hours for individual businesses vary but the Ferry Building is generally open 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday; it is closed on Christmas. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and 8am to 2pm Saturday. Everything is quieter between the morning and afternoon rushes, and in the winter months.

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Committed to the Local Food Shed

First opened in 1898, the Ferry Building remains an important cog in San Francisco’s transportation wheel, with regular ferry, bus, and streetcar service. In recent years, the space became an important focal point for the internationally renowned local food scene. Small, regional farmers and independently owned and operated businesses are the norm here. It is both haven and incubator for artisan food and wine producers from Northern California, and the triweekly farmers market attracts chefs and locals in search of the best produce around.

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