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. 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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The chocolate is a must try and it has a large variety to choose from if you'd like to have some gift ideas
We walked around the Square and found the Chocolate shop. We would recommend sharing a Famous Hot Fudge Sundae!! The best we ever tasted!
Stopped in to buy some chocolates. The staff wasn't all on the same page with regards to a promotion (buy 4 get one free), but aside from that the service was quick and friendly. There is a long list ... read more »
Lovely square, feels quite contemporary. has a nice selection of places to eat, drink and buy gifts. Has a warm upmarket atmosphere but is quieter than the main piers on the front. When I visited there was a long line into the shop for the chocolate/ice-cream shop but it was amazing!!!! Delicious to eat by the fountains
Awesome ice-creams, chocolates and shakes! The lines are very long on a good day, and a mile long on a crowded day (JK just half a mile long ;) ), but trust me its worth the wait. Also just hop into the shop to take a look around and you will get to try out some free samplers! If you have a sweet tooth, and you have been to San Francisco, and you haven't been here, well, then you ought to visit SF again just for Ghirardelli Square :)
Great to visit while in SF! Better if you're there to get some ice cream or chocolate, if not then it's a short visit. There are some restraints and a bakery in the square, but the chocolate is most definitely the main attraction.
Growing up in the Bay Area, Ghirardelli Square was always one of my favorite San Francisco fixtures as a child, so I was excited to take my wife and two kids for the first time. The square itself was less maintained then I remembered. Litter abounded and the restrooms were like something out of a horror movie. Seriously, these made gas station restrooms on the bad side of town look like five star accommodations. On the plus side, when my daughter walked into a stall and saw a toilet overflowing sewage on to the floor and exclaimed, "Do NOT go in there!" I heard no fewer than three other individuals burst out laughing behind their stall doors. The family and I ordered two ice cream sundaes to share; the Crissy Field and the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae. Both were amazing displays of chocolate decadence and quickly eclipsed the trauma of the public restrooms. Some great memories were made for my kids and we'll be back next time we're in San Francisco!
Initially wanted to picnic at Treasure Island but ended up here. Were lucky enough to get perfect parking early enough to pick a cozy spot on the grass to snack oh so nicely and watch The Square fill. Beautiful weather happy people
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