It’s no secret that the Ferry Building Marketplace stands as the food mecca of San Francisco. You’ll find an unparalleled sampling of the Bay’s finest foods all under the roof of a beautifully restored building located on the city’s scenic waterfront. On farmer’s market days every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, hordes of Bay Area chefs and foodies pack in and buy up from their favorite Northern California farmers and artisans. Amidst a truly enormous crowd of marketplace enthusiasts, the wait for a Roli Roti porchetta sandwich is undoubtedly worth it, while we recommend looking for another Blue Bottle booth if the wait for a New Orleans-style iced coffee is too long at the main station—check the line at their outdoor window.
On Saturdays, expect to see some of the city’s most popular chefs on hand and the principle farmers and artisans manning their stations. Find the chefs investing in a week's worth of mushrooms from Far West Fungi, the absolute best tomatoes and organic kale from Dirty Girl Produce, and pig parts galore from the beloved Boccalone. Head to La Cocina’s stand for a new treat each week—their team will be promoting the latest and greatest local chef looking to make it big. And a tip for the rest of the self-proclaimed San Francisco chefs out there: there’s a stand that will sharpen your cooking knives, so be sure to bring them along. To skip the crazy Saturday crowds, head to the market on Tuesday or Thursday for a similarly impressive experience plus a wide variety of San Francisco street food.