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Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco: 42 reviews and 73 photos

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We visited Ghiraldelli square just because we wanted to taste the famous Chocolate store. The square took its name of Domingo Ghirardelli that took the square in 1893 and made here the base for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. You can still see the big signs with the factory?s name but the company moved to San Leandro in the 60s but although the first plan for the square was to turn into an apartment building it became a complex of restaurant and shops. One of them is the Ghirardelli Chocolate store with lot of nice chocolates in many sizes and shapes.

Anyway, some of the chocolate samples we tasted were good and also the famous icecream sundaes from the ice cream shop which was great but we got disappointed of the surrounded area, as I said it is just full of shops and restaurants. We had our breakfast at Lori?s Diner, we enjoyed the view and continued walking east towards Pier 39. If you are short on time there?s no reason to come here but it was ok for us that wanted to buy a box of chocolates and visit the National Maritime Museum which is near.

Address: 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Directions: Western part of Fishermans Wharf. From our hotel we took Bus #47 for Ghiribaldi square. The Powell/Hyde line ends up near Ghiradelli Square, and the F trolley line just a few blocks away.
Phone: (415) 775-5500
Website: http://www.ghirardellisq.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 20, 2010
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