Visit the Ferry Building
In the early days of San Francisco, the fastest, easiest way to get to the city from across the bay was by ferry. No more. But the ferry building, with its tower modeled after a twelfth-century Spanish bell tower, is still a popular destination, transformed into offices and a marketplace. In fact, Time magazine lists visiting the 1898 landmark as one of the 10 things to do in San Francisco.
The ferry building has survived two major earthquakes, urban renewal, and crowds of locals and tourists. Drop by the building at the foot of Market Street in San Francisco and stroll down its central nave lined with restaurants and shops.
Want some coffee? Tea? Fresh produce? Organic meats? Bread or meat pies out of the oven? Local artisan cheeses? Ice cream? California olive oil? A glass of wine? Some flowers? You’ll find all that and more in the shops. Visit one of the cafés or restaurants such as the award-winning The Slanted Door.
On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the plaza around the building hosts a farmer’s market, offering locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as food stands. On the edge of the plaza, you can catch a bicycle taxi to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf, and yes, on the bayside, even a ferry to the Bay Area cities of Alameda, Oakland, Larkspur, Sausalito, and Vallejo.