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October 1, 2002
Stores are usually open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the summer, Mon.-Sat., and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Winter hours are somewhat shorter. Musical entertainment abounds when weather permits.
From journal The City by the Bay
Bayside, New York
October 24, 2001
On the street level is the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory where you can die by chocolate with all of their products for sale, or sit at their indoor café for one of their sundaes.
We had the most fun at a retailer that specialized in costumes and terrific hats for Halloween. A lot of creativity goes into the making of these one of a kind pieces. We also returned into the shop of a woman who imports ceramic pottery and dishes from Tuscany. This time, she had some new arrivals from Sicily which were a very different genre, using the red pepper as the painted object. One of the nicest boutiques is located on the upper level and features far out clocks, mobiles, jewelry, painted plates, menorahs, mirrors with outrageous frames around them. It's impossible to be bored in that shop.
It will not take you long to see all of what there is here, but it's all very funky and very San Francisco.
From journal From Sea to Shining Sea
July 29, 2001
From journal San Francisco Bay Area
May 8, 2001
Well, I was in pain as I'd hurt my knee, but I managed to limp there and limp around the Square (there's more than just chocolate shops!).
Shops range from fashion to sunglasses to jewelry, and on top of that, the Square is filled with art galleries.
Also, there are many places to eat. Vietnamese food, an internet cafe, Belgian fries and crepes, Indian cuisine... and we can't forget the chocolate!!
Ghirardelli has both a chocolate factory there, and a chocolate shop and cafe!
The range of chocolates is from cooking chocolate to sweets and drinking chocolate. If you want to drown yourself in chocolate, this is the place to be! ^_^
Have a look at http://www.ghirardellisq.com/ for more information about Ghiradelli Square.
From journal Contiki Wild Western Tour - San Francisco
October 28, 2000
From journal Long Weekend in San Francisco
July 18, 2000
There are several interesting and nice shops in Ghirardelli Square that suited my tastes more than the cheaper souvenier shops found on Fisherman's Wharf, but I would still suggest checking out the stores on Union Street before doing any major shopping. There are funky boutiques and more reasonably priced goods outside of the major tourist spots. Union Square has the most upscale stores like Sax Fifth Avenue. Where ever you shop, make sure you buy some of the Ghiraradelli Chocolate. It is very scrumptious and a big part of San Francisco lore.
Notice the mermaid fountain in the center of Ghiradelli Square, designed by Ruth Asawa as you sip a Mocha Coffee and ponder which stores you'd like to explore.
From journal A Couple in the City by the Bay