San Francisco – Embarcadero 2

Here is Part 1, which gives you historic background on the area. SF Embarcadero History

And, here are a few things to check out along present day Embarcadero Boulevard:

___ The Ferry Building, built in 1898, has been revived as a wildly successful public market. Most days, you can visit the organic Farmer’s Market there, to get supplies for picnics, snacks for your hotel or gifts for your hosts. It operates Tuesday – Friday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am -2pm.

With its iconic 245-foot-tall clock tower and a new wharf, the Ferry Building reopened in 2003 with dozens of upscale shops and restaurants strung along a skylit central nave.

___ Outdoor Public Art like Cupid’s Span, a massive bow-and-arrow sculpture on the waterfront are worth a look. The 60-foot-tall sculpture frames views of the Bay Bridge which interacts beyond it. Cupid’s Bow’s sculptors, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, would be surprised that kids and parents turn it into an impromptu jungle gym.

___ Head over to nearby Pier 7 which juts 900 feet into the bay. It is dotted with Victorian-style streetlights and benches. There you can watch the locals fish, listen to the waves lap and drink in the views of city and bay.

___ Tcho Chocolate: Technically speaking it’s San Francisco’s only chocolate maker, as the incredibly older Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory has removed its chocolate-making across the Bay (while keeping its historic SF factory as the phenomenal chocolate-eating experience at Ghiradelli Square in San Francisco).

Tcho is new. It’s been making chocolates for about 3 years and uniquely is involved in ALL stages of production – from pod to palate. Tcho is obsessed with making the finest, purest, most flavorful chocolates. And, they are expensive.

In a blind taste test – Martha Stewart’s team chose Tcho as the best chocolate tested.

Pier 17 in San Francisco, on the Embarcadero at Green
Open: Daily 10am to 6pm
Transit directions: Located at an F Market trolley stop at Green/Embarcadero. Or you can also take MUNI buses or Ferries or BART to Embarcadero Station and walk north for about 10 minutes.

If driving, paid parking in the lot between Pier 15 and Pier 17.

You can also buy some of their repetoire at Whole Foods natural markets, nationwide.

___ Ghiradelli Square. San Francisco is a city known for high tech start-ups and chocolate, like Ghirardelli, America’s second oldest chocolate company. It’s definitely one of my favorites.

Ghiradelli chocolates have been made in San Francisco (and now San Leandro, in the East Bay) since 1852. Be sure to visit the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain Shop in the Square. They have the most amazing desserts made from their chocolate.

___ PIER 39 is a festival marketplace, but not an authentic part; it’s a commercial fabrication. Watch your wallet there, physically and financially. In addition to being entertained by San Francisco’s street performers and riding on its the Carousel, you can view California sea lions in their natural habitat at the Pier’s K-Dock in the West Marina. Although I am not in favor of urban hordes of sea lions, small groups serve a purpose in educating the public. Be sure not to feed them and don’t get near them.

___ SF Jazz Summerfest – free jazz concerts September 8 – October 13 at Levi’s Plaza – Between Battery & Bay Streets
off the Embarcadero, San Francisco
September 8 – October 13 Noon–1:30PM
SF Jazz Summerfest

There are many earlier summer Jazz concerts near Stanford University in Palo Alto.

___ Cable Car Museum is an excellent experience about something uniquely San Franciscan!

Cable Car Museum
1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Free admission
Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
This museum is not to be confused with the SF Railway Museum nearby (which does not get great ratings).

___ Museum of Craft and Folk Art is a one room museum on an important subject. It has a nominal admission fee and I sincerely hope that you will support this tiny non-profit!

Museum of Craft and Folk Art San Francisco
Admission: Adult $5; Senior (62+) $4; Child (17 and under) Free
51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103
(Mission Street between Third & Fourth)
(415) 227-4888

Museum Hours:
Monday – Friday (closed Wednesday): 11am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed on Holidays

Yerba Buena Lane is a new pedestrian walkway linking Market and Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, near SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Museum of Craft & Folk Art is the first museum of its kind in northern California.


One end of Lombard Street is near the Embarcadero and another famous portion is the Crookedest Street in the World San Francisco.

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