Artisanal Ice Cream, Espresso & Cupcakes: the Foodie's Walk of the Ferry Building

San Francisco, CA

  • Two lattes with beautiful foam art.
  • A view down the Ferry Building hall from Blue Bottle.
  • The Pork Bun at Out The Door.
  • Take out counter for Out The Door.
  • Schuckers at work.
  • Kumamoto oysters.
  • Wedges of cheese available.
  • You can also pick up a box of delicious popcorn.
  • The bar in front of the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
  • Order a flight of wine.
  • Praise the Lard! Clever t-shirt.
  • The meat shop counter.
  • All sorts of baked goods at Mariposa.
  • Pop tarts, pocket pies and stuffed croissants.
  • An uncharacteristically short line for ice cream.
  • Secret Breakfast ice cream on a cone.
  • Roli Roti's porchetta sandwich
  • Baked goods from Downtown Bakery & Creamery.

45 minutes
0.3 mi
Guided by Jason
Jason Donahue


A century ago, the Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world, after Charing Cross Station in London. Now it serves as a minor commuter port and the home of more than 40 culinary stands and restaurants that epitomize the farm-to-table movement. Grass-fed, organic, free-range, sustainable, ecological, local, non-GMO, gluten-free - it's all here. And it's delicious. This loop walk through the Ferry Building focuses on culinary delectables and the stories behind them. Bon appetit!

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I am all about exploring local history, architecture, food and art to learn about how places came to be. You can find me in search of hidden places, tasty dim sum, high-design speakeasies, skyline vistas and other ingredients to build the perfect day.

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Guide Points

  1. Blue Bottle Coffee

    This Oakland based coffee purveyor specializes in single-origin beans and meticulous roasting processes. Even if it is late in the day, it…

  2. Out The Door

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  3. Hog Island Oysters

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  4. Cowgirl Creamery

    Started by alumnae from Bay Area culinary institutions (Chez Panisse and Bette's Oceanview Diner), the Cowgirl Creamery specializes in arti…

  5. Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant

    While Napa only accounts for 4% of all the wine grown in the state, it occupies the vast majority of the perceived awareness. The Ferry Pl…

  6. Prather Ranch Meat Company

    The Prather Ranch Meat Company is all about sustainable, humane, grass-fed and nose-to-tail / waste-nothing ranching. Thankfully they don'…

  7. Mariposa Bakery

    What do you do if you are pregnant and can't find sufficiently high-quality, gluten-free baked goods to quench your cravings?

  8. Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream

    In a town that is known for its artisanal ice cream authorities (Bi-Rite, Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, Smitten, Mitchell's, Three Twins, etc.)…

  9. Farmer's Market

    On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Ferry Building hosts a farmer's market. During the week it is on the street side, on the weekend…

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