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Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco

Once a chocolate factory and wool-mill, this is the most attractive of San Fran's refurbished factories, looming above the Maritime National Historical Park with its mix of old red-brick buildings and modern shops and restaurants. The shopping center retains the famous Ghirardelli trademark clock tower and the original electric roof sign. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory on the plaza beneath the tower still houses vintage chocolate-making machinery and sells the confection, although these days you can find everything else under the sun – from succulents to small souvenirs and mementos to coffee, cheese, and ice cream sundaes – if you know where to look.

There is always some kind of music playing within the square, which has as its centerpiece the Andrea's Fountain, decorated with bronze sculptures of mermaids and turtles – definitely the most popular gathering point for shoppers day and evening and a top location for all instagrammers looking for a perfect backdrop. The views at night, from the end of Van Ness Pier, are even better: you have the quaint square, with high rises looming up behind it, Coit Tower on the left, a quiet cove full of sailboats immediately in front, and the whole image is reflected on the water.

Tip:
Expect to spend an hour or two if you want to browse all the shops.
The chocolate shop gives out free samples every day so stop in to pick up one.

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Sight Name: Ghirardelli Square
Sight Location: San Francisco, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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