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February 16, 2010
From journal First-time in San Francisco
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
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
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
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
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
September 20, 2008
From journal September in San Francisco
September 6, 2008
From journal A San Francisco Day Trip
May 16, 2006
From journal San Francisco on a Budget
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