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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion.
  • 2-hour food tour of San Francisco's Ferry Building and Farmers Market
  • Experience San Francisco as a local!
  • Taste a delicious variety of meats, cheeses, breads and chocolates
  • Led by a friendly, knowledgeable expert guide
  • All food tastings included
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All food tastings
Personal epicurean concierge
Hotel pickup and drop-off
San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

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Returns to original departure point
Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace for a 2-hour walking tour. This landmark, built in the late 19th century, features a 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower and was renovated in 2003. If you're looking for a taste of San Francisco, this concourse featuring artisans and farmers peddling their wares is the best place to get it.

As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening. Taste artisan chocolates from Recchiuti and Scharffen Berger, pickled vegetables from Happy Girl Kitchen, macarons from Miette, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone's house-cured fennel salami. Bite into veggie and fruit tartlets from Brentwood's Frog Hollow Farm and munch on fresh-baked bread from ACME Bread Company.

After this 2-hour tour, you are free to explore on your own and purchase any products you have sampled and loved. 
Stop At:  
Embarcadero Farmer's Market
Dating back to 1898, San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is a transportation hub and a landmark location for the Bay Area’s best food artisans, boasting three weekly farmers’ markets and dozens of nationally-acclaimed vendors and restaurants patronized by over 300 of the City's best chefs and restaurants.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ferry Building Marketplace
Join the original Ferry Building Tour established in 2004 with a food industry professional as your knowledgable and engaged guide. Guests will sample handmade chocolate confections from Recchiuti and French macarons from Miette, named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. An offshoot of the high-end Slanted Door, Out the Door’s legendary Vietnamese spring rolls are a crowd favorite. Award-winning Mt. Tam cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, paired with sweet and sour loaves from Berkeley’s Acme Bread are always a hit. Additional stops may include Frog Hollow Farm, Humphry Slocombe, or American Eatery.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market
This tour also includes the history of the stunning waterfront building, and it's an ideal choice for guests with limited mobility or who don't want a lot of walking. With pre-arrangement, we can arrange for any special dietary needs.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • All food tastings are subject to change depending on availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Edible Excursions

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "If you book this tour, hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Travis as your guide!" See review


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10 Year Wedding Anniversary Food Tour
, Jul 2019
My wife and I went on the Ferry Building Food Tour while on our 10 year wedding anniversary trip to San Francisco. Our tour guide Travis was incredible! He was a former cheese monger at the Cowgirl Creamery (which is a stop on the tour) so he had a lot of personal experience and knowledge that he shared with us. The food was delicious and we were stuffed by the end of the tour. As an added bonus, he took us to the top floor so we could look down on all the shops. If you book this tour, hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Travis as your guide!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for spending your anniversary with us! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience with Travis ... he is a gem! Come back to see us next time you're back in SF.
Food tour
, Oct 2018
We went as a family of 4 and absolutely loved it. Our tour guide was Tori, she is very knowledgeable both about food and the local history. Lots of great food to try, we certainly didn’t go home hungry. Would highly recommend to anyone!
Ferry Food Tour with Tori
, Jul 2018
Fabulous! Tori is an extremely informative and totally delightful guide! I definitely recommend this awesome tour!
Ferry building food tour
, Jul 2018
This tour was an amazing one for a foodie! It was a tiny bit of history and a ton of food! You won’t be disappointed! Rebecca was awesome!
I had a great experience on the...
Amy C
, Apr 2018
I had a great experience on the Ferry Building food tour. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also very entertaining. The food was incredible. There was a lot of it which was great. We were stuffed at the end of the tour. I went back to some of the stores/restaurants afterward to purchase items to bring home.
We thought that the food on this...
Sheetal B
, May 2017
We thought that the food on this tour was fine, but the Ferry Plaza was so crowded and noisy on the day that we went, that we could barely hear what our tour guide was saying. The information on the tour was about the stores and the owners - which to be honest, wasn't very exciting or interesting to an out-of-towner. We would've rather heard about the history of the area we were in, or even the history of the food scene in San Francisco.
Very educational and enjoyed the...
Michelle E
, Feb 2017
Very educational and enjoyed the incredible food. Went back later and bought some chili from Prather Ranch, bread from Acme, olive oils and some delicious jam for our Anniversary dinner at our room.
Quinn was the best guide. His...
, Aug 2016
Quinn was the best guide. His interest and personal appreciation of each vendor made the tour such fun! There were only three of us on the tour so it was very low key and individualized. I would call this a don't miss if you have already seen the major tour stops.
Sophia was a fantastic guide in the...
Robert G
, Jul 2016
Sophia was a fantastic guide in the food market and ferry building. Bring your appetite, you will have a great 2 hour tour. We will do this again on our next trip to S.F.
Learned a lot and enjoyed the food...
, Jul 2016
Learned a lot and enjoyed the food. Wonderful Tour.

Product code: 5298FERRY

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