• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco.


  • San Francisco food tour and Alcatraz combo
  • Dive into San Francisco food culture on a 1-hour food tour of the Ferry Building and Farmers' Market
  • Sample foods from popular local purveyors such as Cowgirl Creamery
  • Enjoy savory delights such as fennel salame and chili
  • Indulge in handmade chocolates and macarons
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Alcatraz, San Francisco's premier attraction
  • Learn about infamous island with the award-winning 'Cellhouse Audio Tour'

What You Can Expect

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

Explore Alcatraz, one of San Francisco's most captivating attractions

Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace main steps on the curb of the Embarcadero for an hour-long walking tour. This landmark, built in the late 19th century, features a 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower and was renovated in 2003. If you're looking for a taste of San Francisco, this concourse featuring artisans and farmers peddling their wares is the best place to get it.
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, coffee worth waiting in line for from Blue Bottle, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone's house-cured fennel salami.
After your culinary tour, get directions to Pier 33 and stroll down the Embarcadero to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Onboard, enjoy the sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the city's receding skyline on the way out.

Arrive at Alcatraz, a former federal prison that's now a National Park and get a brief orientation to the maximum security facility, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Pick up your 2.5-hour self-guided audio tour, available in ten languages, and start exploring. Listen to commentary from former staff and inmates and learn about the stints that famous inmates like Machine Gun Kelly and Al Capone served. When you're finished looking around, hop on the next ferry (ferries depart every thirty minutes) and head back to Pier 33.

Spend as long as you like exploring Alcatraz, then hop back on the ferry, which leaves every thirty minutes, for the ride back to the city.

Customer Reviews

Brenda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Joshua was an absolute amazing edible excursions guide, and the food we enjoyed at the Ferry Building was very delicious.

Vickie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Thanks go to Karen, our culinary guide, for the great tour of the Ferry Building. The history of the building was interesting so happy it survived all the fires and earthquakes not to mention city planning. Its a great space! The information provided on each food vendor was wonderful, and Karen provided great backdrop in food history in the area and how its influence has spread across the country and beyond. The food we tasted was delicious were definitely headed back for meals and the Farmers Market. Alcatraz was as expected. The combo tour worked really well because we could walk off some of the food from earlier! The audio tour of Alcatrazs history was quite interesting and the way its choreographed works really well with a lot of people.

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Alcatraz is a must see but if you haven't been to the ferry building your trip is incomplete. Great!!!

Daniaal A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Truth be told, we only signed up for this tour for access to sold-out Alcatraz...but how glad we were that we did! The food tour was incredible, our guide knowledgeable and it was a fantastic addition to our trip, a real highlight! Tip: No need to eat breakfast beforehand, you get more than your money's worth of fantastic food!

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had a great time on our tour of the Ferry Terminal Marketplace. Our tour guide, Karen, was terrific. She was very knowledgeable on history of the building and area and interspersed little history lessons amongst the different vendors visited She provided lots of background on the various proprietors and the local food culture. And the food we had was amazing!!! This tour is highly recommended.....oh and I almost forgot....we got to see Alcatraz also. After the food portion of the tour, Karen directed us on how to go down to Pier 33 and get our tickets for the Alcatraz Ferry and tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!

Brian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great culinary adventure. Our guide was Joshua who was very knowledgeable about all the vendors in the Ferry Building, and the history of the building itself. He selected a perfect combination of places for us to try and food to sample. It was a great way to start off the morning, and a nice pre-Alcatraz tour activity.

Alison B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The food tour was excellent - Travis had an amazing knowledge of the suppliers in the area and the local culture. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lindsey R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It was the only way we could get to book an Alcatraz tour so were not particularly looking forward to it but the food tasting turned out to be the best thing we did and we are so glad because Alcatraz its self was very disappointing. The guide was brilliant and we learned so much, from how Starbucks started to how California's enviromental ideals are being integrated into their food supply.
The best tip is do not have too much for breakfast and dont take a big mouthful of the chilli sample it is smoking hot.

john c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by our Ferry Building Food Tour and of course Alcatraz. It was not our first visit to the island. The food sampling was much fun and we tasted amazing samples of food groups which included some pastries and chocolates at the end. So glad we did it this way as we did not have to eat until dinner.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

First we had lots of great food to taste at the Ferry Building Do Not eat before you go on this tour!. Our guide was Joshua and he was very personable and shared many interesting facts about the different eateries. Alcatraz was everything we'd hoped for...a beautiful ferry ride and as much time as we wanted to tour the prison. Wonderful!

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