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.
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.