San Francisco

San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

San Francisco, United States
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with an industry expert guide during this 90-minute excursion.
  • 1.5-hour food tour of San Francisco's Ferry Building and Farmers Market
  • Experience San Francisco as a local!
  • Taste a delicious variety of cheeses, breads, chocolates, organic produce, locally crafted specialties and more
  • Led by a friendly, knowledgeable expert guide
  • All food tastings included

What's Included

  • All food tastings
  • Personal epicurean concierge
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • San Francisco Ferry Building
    San Francisco, CA 94111, USA

    We will meet in front of the historic steps in the front of the ferry building, under the clock tower. Your guide will be holding a canvas tote with Edible Excursions printed on it.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace for a 90-minute walking tour. Walk into the heart of the Bay Area food scene for a culinary exploration that has San Franciscans buzzing about their city's famous landmark in a whole new way.

As you stroll, you may see some of the city's most-revered chefs buying fresh produce to serve at their restaurants that evening. Taste artisan chocolates from Recchiuti, small bites from Chez Panisse inspired-Japanese delicatessen, Delica, and French macarons from Miette. Bite into a plant-based burger and fries from Gott’s Roadside, savor award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery while munching on fresh-baked bread from ACME Bread Company.

After this 1.5-hour tour, you are free to explore on your own and purchase any products you have sampled and loved.

Embarcadero Farmer's Market

Dating back to 1898, San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building is a transportation hub and a landmark location for the Bay Area’s best food artisans, boasting three weekly farmers’ markets and dozens of nationally-acclaimed vendors and restaurants patronized by over 300 of the City's best chefs and restaurants.

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ferry Building Marketplace

Join the original Ferry Building Tour established in 2004 with a food industry professional as your knowledgable and engaged guide. Guests will sample handmade chocolate confections from Recchiuti and French macarons from Miette, named one of the top ten pastry shops in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. An offshoot of the high-end Slanted Door, Out the Door’s legendary Vietnamese spring rolls are a crowd favorite. Award-winning Mt. Tam cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, paired with sweet and sour loaves from Berkeley’s Acme Bread are always a hit. Additional stops may include Chez Panisse-inspired Japanese delicatessen, Delica, Humphry Slocombe, or Frog Hollow farms organic fruit stand.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at time of booking
  • All food tastings are subject to change depending on availability
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    If you book this tour, hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Travis as your guide!
    83 reviews
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    Fun for everyone!
    Shefali_D, Jan 2023
    Tori was our tour guide and she was so knowledgeable and friendly. We had such a wonderful time. Our 12 and 16 year olds loved the experience just as much as my husband and I. Not only did Tori take us to the great foodie spots, she also gave us a history lesson on the Ferry Building and Farmers Market. Some of the treats we had: breads, cheeses, fresh seasonal fruit, and chocolate. Highly recommend this tour! Be sure to come hungry :)
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and for joining us on tour. We love sharing our passion for the local food scene with our guests. And, you're right ... Tori is fabulous! We hope to see you again!
    Deliciousness at the Ferry Building!🤤
    Nyla_A, May 2022
    So many wonderfully delicious places in the Ferry Building!! But I had to return to Acme Bread Company after the tour and purchase their Edible Schoolyard Loaf. On tour I tried a fabulous Apple Turnover and some of their Sour Baguette with Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam and Red Hawk, The Impossible Burgers were delicious from Gott’s Roadside, definitely would eat again, Cholita Linda offered a fabulous Fish Taco! Rebecca Sibrack was a knowledgeable and fun tour guide, Thank You!
    Response from Host, May 2022
    Thanks so much for coming on tour with us! We loved sharing our passion for the SF food scene with you as well as our love of the iconic SF Ferry Building. We hope to get you on one of our other tours as well.
    Foodie Tour
    Ruth_M, Apr 2022
    It was a great tour of the ferry building! Our guide was the best and was very knowledgeable about food and cooking. She recommended several places for us to visit. This is a one of a kind tour.
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thanks so much for the great review, Ruth! We enjoyed having you and we hope you'll come back and join us for another tour soon. We love sharing the SF Ferry Building and other SF and Berkeley neighborhoods with our guests.
    Ferry Building Tour
    Rayshua_W, Nov 2021
    Great tour of the Ferry Building. Didn’t get to see the Farmers Market, because it is only on certain days, which we didn’t find out until the tour.
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    Thanks so much for joining us! While we weren't able to introduce you to the local farmer's, we hope you enjoyed all that the Ferry Building building had to offer.
    Best tour so far
    Minerva_N, Sep 2021
    Rebecca was amazing and awesome. She knew so much about the food industry. Highly recommend it. It was great because the ferry building was very little walking. So easy for people like me with a hip problem.
    Response from Host, Sep 2021
    Thank you so much for the wonderful review and for joining us for our SF Ferry Building Tour. Rebecca is a gem for sure. We love sharing these experiences with our guests. We hope you'll join us again someday.
    10 Year Wedding Anniversary Food Tour
    Lenny_W, Jul 2019
    My wife and I went on the Ferry Building Food Tour while on our 10 year wedding anniversary trip to San Francisco. Our tour guide Travis was incredible! He was a former cheese monger at the Cowgirl Creamery (which is a stop on the tour) so he had a lot of personal experience and knowledge that he shared with us. The food was delicious and we were stuffed by the end of the tour. As an added bonus, he took us to the top floor so we could look down on all the shops. If you book this tour, hopefully you will be lucky enough to get Travis as your guide!
    Response from Host, Aug 2019
    Thank you for spending your anniversary with us! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience with Travis ... he is a gem! Come back to see us next time you're back in SF.
    Food tour
    Belinda_P, Oct 2018
    We went as a family of 4 and absolutely loved it. Our tour guide was Tori, she is very knowledgeable both about food and the local history. Lots of great food to try, we certainly didn’t go home hungry. Would highly recommend to anyone!
    Ferry Food Tour with Tori
    penny02018, Jul 2018
    Fabulous! Tori is an extremely informative and totally delightful guide! I definitely recommend this awesome tour!
    Ferry building food tour
    Susan_S, Jul 2018
    This tour was an amazing one for a foodie! It was a tiny bit of history and a ton of food! You won’t be disappointed! Rebecca was awesome!
    I had a great experience on the...
    Amy C, Apr 2018
    I had a great experience on the Ferry Building food tour. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and also very entertaining. The food was incredible. There was a lot of it which was great. We were stuffed at the end of the tour. I went back to some of the stores/restaurants afterward to purchase items to bring home.
    We thought that the food on this...
    Sheetal B, May 2017
    We thought that the food on this tour was fine, but the Ferry Plaza was so crowded and noisy on the day that we went, that we could barely hear what our tour guide was saying. The information on the tour was about the stores and the owners - which to be honest, wasn't very exciting or interesting to an out-of-towner. We would've rather heard about the history of the area we were in, or even the history of the food scene in San Francisco.
    Very educational and enjoyed the...
    Michelle E, Feb 2017
    Very educational and enjoyed the incredible food. Went back later and bought some chili from Prather Ranch, bread from Acme, olive oils and some delicious jam for our Anniversary dinner at our room.
    Quinn was the best guide. His...
    Claire_L, Aug 2016
    Quinn was the best guide. His interest and personal appreciation of each vendor made the tour such fun! There were only three of us on the tour so it was very low key and individualized. I would call this a don't miss if you have already seen the major tour stops.
    Sophia was a fantastic guide in the...
    Robert G, Jul 2016
    Sophia was a fantastic guide in the food market and ferry building. Bring your appetite, you will have a great 2 hour tour. We will do this again on our next trip to S.F.
    Learned a lot and enjoyed the food...
    Akanetchan, Jul 2016
    Learned a lot and enjoyed the food. Wonderful Tour.
    Great tour! Excellent, knowledgeable...
    Robin_M, Jun 2016
    Great tour! Excellent, knowledgeable guide. My only complaint is that there was so much food. Lots of samples, too large. Guide was very accommodating about me being vegetarian.
    Michele_R, Jun 2016
    ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT! Try to do this on a Saturday when all of the vendors are selling local products! By far our favorite tour and day in San Francisco!
    we took a tour with Kelly, a chef, of...
    joseph g, May 2016
    we took a tour with Kelly, a chef, of the Ferry Building and the Saturday Farmers market today. only 5 other people were on the tour. Kelly showed us around the building with stops at her favorite shops including chocolate, cheese, meat, fruit and juice. we got free samples at each stop and chats with the proprietors. don't bother to eat breakfast before this tour! she also knows where the secret toilets are so as to avoid crowds. and she is passionate about local and organic and knows her stuff. highly recommended.
    Loved this food tour. There were so...
    Pamela M, Feb 2016
    Loved this food tour. There were so many food samplings.
    I had been to the ferry building so...
    Yvette C, Nov 2015
    I had been to the ferry building so did not see how I could enjoy the tour. Molly the guide was excellent . Golly Molly what folly to think this would not be jolly!! Excellent arrangement of food tastes. Don't don't don't eat beforehand . Lots to eat and lots of info