5 REASONS TO VISIT THE FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE – SAN FRANCISCO

When in San Fran, there are many reasons why you should get yourself down to the Ferry Marketplace. 

Here are our top 5:

1 – The building & history 

You know how we love a good building? Well, this is an excellent one. And it comes with good story.

Located on the Embarcadero at the end of Market Street, it opened in 1898 as a transport and commuter hub for those coming into the city.

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Its beautiful clock tower was modelled on the bell tower at the Seville Cathedral in Spain

At its peak, about 50,000 people a day used the building when commuting by ferry to the city.

In the 30s, the opening of the Bay Bridge and the famous Golden Gate Bridge meant ferry usage dwindled and the space was largely converted into office space.

In the 50s a freeway was built right in front of the building, sadly making it much less visible. In 1989, an earthquake damaged that freeway and it was removed in 1991.

Happily, extensive renovations completed in 2003 have seen the building’s historical details restored.  The first floor is now a beautiful marketplace, showcasing the bay area’s best produce.

Ground floor of the Marketplace, today

Ground floor of the Marketplace, today

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CAFE GRATITUDE

Café Gratitude is a bit of a Venice institution and with good reason. If you’re looking for a healthy meal with a healthy dose of good vibes, get down here pronto.

Everything on offer is 100% organic, plant based and 100% delicious.

You could, and probably should (you’re in L.A!), kick things off with a wellness elixir.

I had the vitamin-c shot which included orange juice, carrot juice and goji berries. It was pleasant with a bit of a kick to it and only $4.00.

You could go all-out and get a $25 probiotic shot containing Progurt, which promises to deliver 1 trillion live probiotic microorganisms. It comes with seasonal juice and is supposed to stay in your system for about a week.  Our gorgeous friend Miss A tried this and she did feel great afterwards, though that could also be a side-effect of being on a Californian road-trip with your girlfriends, right?!

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