Ferry Building Marketplace

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Food is always my number one attraction whenever and where ever I am traveling. So when we were planning a weekend trip to San Francisco, the first thing I looked up was good places to eat. One of the first things that caught my attention was the Ferry Building Marketplace.

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This is a historic building located in San Francisco’s Financial District, and is lined with a stalls/shops serving a various selection of foods. With so many different food options, of course this was the first place we went to on our first day.


The market place is opened from 10am to 7pm Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 6 pm on Satrudays, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays. Something to note about this place is that there is a Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Prior to coming here, we did look up what places to eat. Some notable places we noticed were Blue Bottle Coffee, Hog Island Oysters, Miette Pastries, and Humphry Slocombe. We ended up only trying a couple of the places on our list, because we got distracted by a number of other foods.

When we got there, we walked around to find the places that we had in mind. Although we did find most of the places, we also got distracted by the a number of the other merchants. And I tend to get lured to places with lines.


One of the first places that caught my attention was a cute asian looking store front, labeled Imperial Tea Court. Honestly I was not in the mood to getting any tea so we quickly walked pasted it.

But when we took a second look at the store we spotted a line leading to a small booth right outside of this store. The stall was selling various buns, tea snacks, and tea eggs. We were more attracted by the various buns.

We ended up getting the pork belly sandwich. Although it was labeled as a sandwich, it more resembled a flat pork bun. The filling was some nicely flavored pork belly accompanied with some marinated mustard greens (mui choy). This sandwich reminded me of the Taiwanese food gua bao. It was good but felt a little pricey ($5) for such a small bun/sandwich.

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Another attractive line we noticed was a small booth near the Imperial Tea Court, selling doughnuts of some sort. This booth did not seem to be associated with any of the stores near by, but I’m not really sure.

As we got closer to the the booth we saw a handwritten sign, saying Bombolini and a list of various flavors. A quick google search tells me that a Bombolini is an Italian donut with flavored filling.

Some of the flavors were sold out when it was our turn. We ended up getting the regular custard filling and a pistachio flavored filling.

I can’t say much about the pistachio flavor because Sarah and BH ate it all when they were in line for some other food. It must have been really good…or they were just super hungry. I’m going to assume the former! The regular custard though was quite good. There was a generous amount of custard which was not too overpowering or sweet.


Obviously up until now we still have not made it to anything on our list of places that we were interested in. And our next stop was still not one of them.

I was too busy snacking on my pork belly sandwich to really decide on what else I wanted to try. But Sarah had eyed the Golden Gate Meat Co.

The thing that had caught Sarah’s attention was a sign saying “POT PIE…” Sarah and I absolutely love eating chicken pot pies. So we decided to pick one up to share.

We were too eager to dig into the pie and didn’t get a proper picture of it. This turned out to be one of my more favorite choices. The was a good mix of meat, vegetables, and gravy, which was all flavored nicely.


By now, we had gotten quite a good idea of what else we wanted to get. So we decided to split up. Sarah and BH went to get more food and the rest of us went to find a spot to sit so we can enjoy our food. We ended up settling at a bench right outside of the building. From here we saw the ferry docking, and got a nice view of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge.

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Sarah and BH’s first stop was Blue Bottle Coffee. Yay! Finally hitting something on our list. This was definitely one of the more popular places in the building as the line was super long. They ended up getting the Three Africas blend.

I don’t drink coffee, so I can’t say much about the taste. But it was definitely pleasing to everyone else. They even liked it enough to buy a bag of coffee beans of the same blend.

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Besides the coffee, they also came back with some empanadas from El Porteno. They ordered three different flavors, Jamon Y Queso (Prosciutto with fontina cheese), Pollo (Oven-roasted with all natural chicken, raisins, onions and green olives), and Fugazetta (Aged cheddar, shaved onions with oregano).

I’ve never had empanadas before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. But I must say, the empanadas from El Porteno are now my ideal empanadas. The outer crust was not too dry and it blended well with each of the flavors inside.


Our last stop was to get ice cream from Humphry Slocombe. Yay x2! This was another place on our list. We were pretty stuffed snacking on all of the foods that we bought so we just shared two scoops of ice cream. We got a scoop of Tahitian V*n!ll@ and Honey Thyme.

I don’t usually get tempted by sweets, so ice creams is not really something I care for. This particular ice cream though was not too sweet and was fragrant with the vanilla and honey tastes.

Unfortunately we did not go to the other two places on our list. So this is definitely some where I want to revisit. Another thing we did not visit was the Farmers Market…more reason to come back someday!


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