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From journal First-time in San Francisco
September 6, 2008
From journal A San Francisco Day Trip
November 29, 2005
Ghirardelli Square still pays homage to its chocolate roots, even though the company that gave it its namesake has long since moved on. The Ghirardelli sign that rests above the old headquarters is still intact and large enough to be seen from many a vantage point in the city. It has been preserved as a historic landmark so that it can be enjoyed by all, while at the same time paying homage to one of the city's best-known entrepreneurs.
The square's brick buildings have been preserved but converted into shops and restaurants without destroying the structures. The smell of chocolate still manages to permeate the area, with many of the shops devoted to this sweet. The Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Ice Cream shop boasts the best ice-cream sundaes in the world--and I would be inclined to agree, having yet to taste any better. There are many places where you can buy Ghirardelli chocolate in the square today as well if you would like to bring some home as a souvenir.
There are many shops, galleries, and restaurants so that all travelers in your party will find something to please them. There are plenty of cute gift shops here, so you can load up on unique and original items from your trip for gifts or as mementos.
Ghirardelli Square is a great place to visit since this is a historic sight that has a fair share of charm and whimsy. The shops and restaurants do not interfere with the square's historic vibe, but make the square even more bustling with activity. On top of it all, it is a great place for chocolate-lovers to see where one of their favorite brands got its big start and to sample how it tastes today!
From journal San Francisco, CA
Middle Village, New York
April 23, 2003
From journal Westin St Francis
May 16, 2006
From journal San Francisco on a Budget
by Barber E. Lane
Lake Forest, California
January 2, 2003
Over 100 years ago this was the location of the Ghirardelli Family chocolate, cocoa, mustard, and box factory. The box factory has disappeared but the chocolate treats are still present. The building now houses over 50 restaurants, art galleries, and unique shops. There are open plaza areas that are beautifully landscaped with colorful flowers and a gorgeous bay view.
For a great mid-day pick me up, visit the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory, an old fashioned soda fountain and chocolate shop, and sample one of their hot fudge sundaes. Yummy! You can purchase Ghirardelli chocolate in every size and shape imaginable for the long trek home.
Before leaving for San Francisco, you can order a Discount Coupon Book online at their website. If you make any purchase at a shop or restaurant within the building they will validate your parking ticket for you. It is open 10 - 9 Monday through Saturday, and 10 - 6 on Sunday. The Chocolate Manufactory may have different open hours. Enjoy!
From journal We Left Our Hearts in San Franciso - Again
Medford, New York
February 11, 2003
Well, I visited again in 2001 on business. My coworker is a shopaholic, and I got a totally different perspective when I went with her. We visited one shop that sold unique Italian ceramic and porcelain products. She spent about $500 there! (I told you, she is a shopaholic.) Then we visited a very unique music-box store (not the San Francisco Music Box Store). There were a million clocks that played music. I fell in love with a unique silver wall clock, made by the Rythym Company, that has a pendulum and characters that swing back and forth. There are six different electronic songs that play when the hour strikes. It is so different, and I receive so many compliments when guests notice it. I always proudly tell them that I bought it in Ghiradellli Square! If you want to find gifts that you cannot find elsewhere, this is a great place to shop.
From journal Left My Heart in San Francisco
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