Ferry Building Marketplace, San Francisco

by Marjan

Not too long ago, my friend and I decided on a spontaneous trip to San Francisco. No time to prepare and research where to stay and dine, I called upon my Savorychick, Shirley, for recommendations. I trust her taste and knew I would be in for a treat. Thanks Shirley for recommending the Hotel Vitale to us! Not only was the hotel unique- fresh sage and lavender aromas filled the hallways, music CD’s in the room to set the mood, modern zen d├ęcor- but it was conveniently located across the street from my favorite new find: Ferry Building Marketplace!

Our first morning in SF, we had a late start to our day and missed the breakfast hours at our hotel. I was craving something simple, such as coffee and croissant, because lunch was a couple of hours away, and I definitely did not want to miss out on any meals! I asked our hotel concierge as to the closest place to just have coffee and bread. Her eyes lit up and strongly recommended we try the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and Acme Bread located in the Ferry Building Marketplace. From her enthusiasm, I knew we would be in for a treat! I’m always excited to meet others who are equally eager about recommending great finds- with food, of course!

When we walked into the Ferry Building, we were impressed with the newly remodeled building along the Embarcadero, located in the financial district of SF. Approximately ten little boutique shops filled the market place. Some of my favorites where the Cowgirl Creamer which specialized in artisan cheese; wine shops; flower market; exotic mushroom market; ice cream store; caviar specialists; Boulettes Larder- a French restaurant and store serving a small number of quests in their charming kitchen; and the famed Slanted Door restaurant is also located in this building.

All the stores were entertaining shoppers; however, the lines were unbelievable for the Blue Bottle Coffee Co. and Acme bread. I knew we were not going to be disappointed. Watching my double-shot soy latte being prepared was an inspiring work of art in action. The apparent joy and precision facilitated by my artist preparing my coffee was inspiring. I realized this is what it’s like to love what you do. It shows. With every sip, I had sincere appreciation for the karma and taste of my latte. I hate to use the phrase: “this was the best latte I have ever had”, but it was!

Having traveled to Paris numerous times, I thought I would never find croissants measurable to the standards of the French. But I have! Once again, shamelessly, I must say: “this was the best croissant I have ever had”! How is this possible? Just the right amount of butter (flakiness on the outside, tenderness on the inside) and flavor so perfect, you would not want to use jam.

Needless to stay, for the remainder of our trip, we had lattes and croissants for breakfast everyday. And when I make future plans to SF, it’s guaranteed I will continue my new establish tradition for breakfast. Even though I had many wonderful culinary experiences in the city by the bay, I genuinely miss my favorite coffee and bread shop! Next time you travel to SF, go to the Ferry Building Marketplace and take pleasure in the best coffee and bread you will ever have.

From our partner: LO+JUNE

From our partner: LO+JUNE
Artisanal French products in our Swiss fine food boutique