Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

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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. With our world travel planner, San Francisco attractions like Ghirardelli Square can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • It is an excellent place to eat in San Francisco, it has many restaurants to be able to choose the type of food they want, as well as a few shops and a local specialist Ghirardelli chocolates.
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  • Love this place even though it is expensive for what you actually get Quality is apparent but the serving size seems to have gone down a little alot of foamy whipped cream on top of the sundaes and a ...  more »
  • We did not find anything there for us. we had an ice-cream and sat for a while. took a couple of photos  more »
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  • You cannot visit the city of SF w/o visiting this historical gem. You learn about how this legendary confectionery was built and get free samples of chocolate. Gifts and snacks here are GRAND but pricey. The actual manufacturing warehouse is elsewhere. It's located in a shopping area that sometimes have live performances and cute, unique shops. It's near the pier so the view is gorgeous on a sunny day. A great way to spend time in the City.
  • Absolute bliss! You go there anytime, even on a crowded long weekend, you will find your share of happiness by the complimentary chocolate which the place gives as you enter and by the choice of extremely tasty ice cream you order. They offer coffee and shakes too. I wish they add some salty snacks to their menu to compliment the 'not-so-sweet' toothed people accompanying the sweet-toothed ones like me.
  • Once it is open for business in the morning, its public restrooms are the second cleanest in the entire city. If you happen to be an ordinary individual that otherwise cannot access other toilet facilities in the city. Only tourists have better access to *public toilets in a business or hotel. Otherwise the charming shops that offer their wares, other than the chocolate shop are a good distraction to the homeless presence that exists in the North Beach area.
  • The Hot Fudge Sundae is famous for a reason. It was delicious! Very sweet but with a great sweet chocolaty milky taste. The cookies are also delicious. They were big moist and chewy. If you have a sweet tooth...this is the spot for you!
  • The shopping is amazing. Tourist store, clothing, jewelry, food, and amazing hot chocolate. The hotel has a wonderful ambience and the customer service could not be better. Fun Fact: the hotel use to be the old factory. They tell you this on your initial tour through the hotel where they will also let you know about their balcony and their complimentary cheese and wine every night.

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