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Tour San Francisco's ferry building with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion. Walk through the city's iconic ferry building for an hour with a local guide, sampling many of the artisanal goods from the local farmers market as you walk. Learn about the city's thriving artisanal food scene and the bounty of the local farms. Stop by the adjoining Ferry Plaza Farmers Market to see where locals buy their produce, meat and sweet treats. 


  • 2-hour food tour of San Francisco's Ferry Building and Farmers Market
  • Experience San Francisco as a local!
  • Taste a delicious variety of meats, cheeses, breads and chocolates
  • Led by a friendly, knowledgeable expert guide
  • All food tastings included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The local guide on this tour will lead you to the best stalls at this tantalizing and popular market. You'll get lots of tastings so bring a big appetite -- there's no shortage of deliciousness here!

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What You Can Expect

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

Ferry Building, San Francisco

Meet your expert culinary guide in front of the Ferry Building Marketplace for a 2-hour 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 and Scharffen Berger, pickled vegetables from Happy Girl Kitchen, macarons from Miette, award-winning cheeses from Cowgirl Creamery and Boccalone's house-cured fennel salami. Bite into veggie and fruit tartlets from Brentwood's Frog Hollow Farm and munch on fresh-baked bread from ACME Bread Company.

After this 2-hour tour, you are free to explore on your own and purchase any products you have sampled and loved. 

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Robert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Learned a lot and enjoyed the food. Wonderful Tour.

reggie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great guide. Great food


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!

joseph g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Pamela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Loved this food tour. There were so many food samplings.

Yvette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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

Melissa H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing time. We went on a Saturday and let me say, I'm so glad we skipped breakfast. We're local and my husband always fancied going to the Ferry Building and I thought maybe a tour would be the way to go--unequivocally yes! We tried so many foods we otherwise wouldn't have. In fact the gluten-free ham and cheese pastry was my favorite item of the day, and I don't even need to be gluten-free. Don't expect samples to be small tastes. By the end of it we were all stuffed to the gills. Our guide Molly was fantastic. She knew the history of the small businesses we visited and had solid roots in the California food revolution. Timing was great too. It wasn't too crowded yet.

Pro tip: Bring a bottle of water to wash down all the goodies. We popped into a shop to grab an extra and the group was super-cool about it.

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