San Francisco
San Francisco
With a laid-back Californian vibe and a commitment to showcasing local produce, this American city offers the ideal getaway for foodies
Christine Hayes

Ferry Building Marketplace is the beating heart of San Francisco’s food scene. Once a thriving ferry terminal, it became obsolete when the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges offered an alternative to braving the Bay.

Restored in 2003, it is now a spectacular showcase for regional producers and independent food businesses, where locals come to shop, meet the people who make their food – and eat. Run by CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), it promotes food as an integral part of the local community.

It’s a happy place, too. Thursday nights are all about sharing pizza and tacos with friends. On Saturday, families gather, buying treats to eat, picnic-style, under the iconic Ferry Building clock tower. Smiling chefs greet regular stall holders as they fill up their carts with fresh Bay Area produce, taking pride in an abundance of organic fruit and veg from heritage carrots, calcots, kale, to cherries and apples, as well as artisan goat’s cheese, honey, bread, kombucha and jams.

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November 2019