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Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

(3.8/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
Once a hub of chocolate manufacturing, Ghirardelli Square now features a mix of shops and restaurants within the former chocolate factory. The real treat is the Ghirardelli soda fountain and chocolate shop where you can savor hot-fudge sundaes and stock up on the famous chocolate to take home. The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Manufactory is still here with the original equipment on display. Make Ghirardelli Square a centerpiece of your San Francisco vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Francisco itinerary planner.
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  • Great place. Love the lights and all the stores and restaurants in it. Great for a wine tasting too. 
  • Being from Pennsylvania I expected there to be more of a chocolate factory and tour like in Hershey. 
  • There are no less than 4 Ghirardelli shops in Ghirardelli Square, so don't feel you have to suffer the long lines at the first shop - keep walking and you will come upon another right away. Loved the ...  more »
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  • The dessert was surprisingly good. I got the original sundae. Prices are a bit expensive but we'll worth the price. The other 2 little cups in the picture is just regular ice cream items that my brother and my friend chose and they both enjoyed theirs too (black cherry and vanilla flavor on the right).
  • My family and I had a great time coming here. It was easy to find and really lovely at nice when they turn on the decorative lighting. Also the chocolate is so delicious obviously :)
  • A beautiful historical spot that serves as a mall of sorts for the tourists. There are a couple of good restaurants but the rest of it is shops for buying souvenirs and such. The Ghirardelli chocolate squares that everyone waits in line to buy are easily available at every CVS drugstore in the city. I'd love to see more of the building's history explored here.
  • It's a fun place but don't expect any big chocolate making factory or tour which I kind of did hope to see. There are some machines though and you can buy some real good chocolates. The beach nearby is cool. If you are going to this, make sure to walk on beach and go to crooked street, it's very nearby.
  • Great place to park to shop around and have fun. Was very easy to enter and exit. Prices are $5 for the first hour and $8 every hour afterwards so that might be something to consider they have plenty of parking spaces so looking for parking once inside is easy. They provide you a ticket to enter which you're supposed to hold onto and once your ready to leave they're quick and ready kiosk are used to pay for your parking. All in all it was a pretty straightforward process. They accept cash and credit/debit card.