FOOD AND WINE TOURS
San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen called it “a famous city’s most famous landmark”, adding that the “The waterfront without the Ferry Tower would be like a birthday cake without a candle”.
Once the City’s principal transportation hub and beautifully restored between 2003 and 2007, it is now home not only to two storeys of premium office space, but also a permanent gallery of stalls selling locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, wines, meats, flowers, chocolate and pastries, as well as one of a kind gift items, many related to the kitchen and garden.
Whilst there might be other excellent, if admittedly less expensive, farmer’s markets and wholefood stores around town, the Ferry Building might just be the best. Where else can you pick up those last minute snapper fillets, fresh vegetables, rustic loaves, Californian wines and cheeses, and even pig’s cheeks, to take back to your apartment in Noe Valley or the Sunset? And the visit alone, especially if you tarry awhile and experience everything it has to offer, is worth the journey alone.
Designed by the New York architect A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts style in 1892, the ferry building was completed in 1898. At its opening, it was the largest project undertaken in the city up to that time. Brown designed the clock tower after the 12th-century Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain, and the entire length of the building on both frontages is based on an arched arcade. It was on 13th July 1898 that the first ferryboat and its passengers pulled into what was then called “The Union Depot and Ferry House”. At the height of its glory in the nineteen thirties, more than 50 million passengers passed through it each year.
Despite two major earthquakes and the construction of both the San Francisco – Oakland Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, not forgetting a hideous double-decker freeway along the Embarcadero, the latter thankfully demolished after the second of those earthquakes, the building with its 235 foot high clock tower inspired by the moorish belltower in Seville, has not only survived but become one of the most popular attractions in the City.
The biggest farmer's market in the city is here every Saturday. We also enjoy the market on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
We offer this tour 7 days a week. Join us for a fully esorted tour of the Ferry Building as we eat our way through the best of Northern California.
Some of the highlights to be enjoyed during the tour are:
Tour this stunning building, survivor of two quakes and one misplaced freeway
Meet the farmers, the vendors, the chefs, the visionaries, and hear their stories!
The food! The produce! The gifts! The wine! The baked goods! The cheeses! The chocolates!
Al fresco Bay view dining
Hear the impressive history of this monumental San Francisco landmark and how it was saved
Sample local cheeses
Sample all of the unique and top-notch foodstuffs that are always on sale here
After we tour the Ferry Building and sample the unique foods found here we travel via the F-Line Street Car Historic Trolley up Market Street to the:
New Tree Cafe, where we will have a private chocolate and wine tasting, where we will learn how chocolate and wine pair so well together
Street Car fare not included ($2.00)
Also included in this package are tickets via Alcatraz Cruises to Alcatraz Island, headset included.
If you do both of these tours on the same day, it is an easy walk between the two.
Adult: $119 for fully escorted food and wine tasting tour of the Ferry Building and ticket for Alcatraz
Retail Alcatraz Island ticket price $30 and is included in tour package price.
Reservations Line: 800.595.4849 (24hrs)
Reservations Online: reservations.php
Easy meeting location emailed with confirmation
More Information: 415.504.3636
Please note: Alcatraz tours must be sold as part of a package and cannot be sold separately.
Alcatraz tickets are $30 and are included in the price of this package
All other Explore San Francisco Tours are sold individually.