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Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA
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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 29, 2014

    Visiting Ghirardelli Square is a must on your first visit to San Francisco. Now a retail & dining complex, this was originally a woolen mill, then a chocolate factory. Although the chocolate manufacturing business was sold & moved elsewhere in the Bay Area in the 1960's, It is fun to see how the building has been maintained & restored over the years. Now on the National Historic Register, the site includes a luxurious Fairmont Hotel, several eateries (including a Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, of course) & a small number of shops & artisan galleries.

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    5 Jun 10, 2014

    Ghirardelli Square is a tourist destination that's really hard not to love. While the place is populated mostly by visitors, new local-friendly businesses are opening inside. With the transition of the factory to condos, we can expect this to increase. The Ghirardelli store is crowded and the ice cream often has a line out the door. It's a fun experience if you're visiting, but you'll most likely find your time (and caloric allowance) are better spent elsewhere.

    It only takes one look at this iconic San Francisco building at night, with the Ghirardelli sign in full illumination, to fall in love with the Square all over again.

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    Andrea L
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    4 Jun 07, 2014

    It's all about the chocolate here! Candy stores, ice cream sundaes, and even giant vats of chocolate can be found here. Everything is slightly overpriced and it's a tourist trap for sure, but it's still work a stop if you love chocolate and are in the area.

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    Jasmine Sandhu
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    5 May 21, 2014

    Such a delightful little center! The ice cream at the square is really good and there is a beautiful view of the Bay from the ice cream parlor

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    Melonie Weismann
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    2 Apr 13, 2014

    Meh, it's a lot of really touristy shopping but they get a few stars for having nice fountains to sit at outside while you eat free samples of chocolate. If you're looking for a unique adventure or cultural experience go elsewhere.

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    Mark Schannon
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    4 May 12, 2014

    Not bad for a tourist attraction. Good selection of interesting boutique shops, places to eat. Walk down to the water where there are often artists selling surprisingly good works.

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    4 Mar 23, 2014

    Ghirardelli Square the birthplace for the brand. This is the location of the original Ghirardelli chocolate factory.

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    Janson Wigo
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    5 Mar 23, 2014

    If you are a fan of chocolate then this is your heaven. They have massive amounts of chocolates and a huge variety. I really like how they give you some samples! But my favorite part is the restaurant where you can order all types of deserts with Ghirardelli chocolate incorporated in them. Get the chocolate sunday- best ive ever had

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    Kat Sun
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    4 Nov 24, 2013

    Nice walk to/from the bay; there's food and small shops here, including the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate shop and ice cream shop. When you're done, walk along the water; there's places to sit and a museum as well.

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  • Ghirardelli SquarePro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Nov 07, 2013

    Sometimes a tourist trap is there for a reason. The history alone is great, but the square is now home to cute shops and restaurants. A lovely way to spend a few hours!

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    Stanley Chan
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    5 Nov 02, 2013

    If you like chocolate, Ghirardelli is another acronym for chocolate heaven! If you're looking for the chocolate factory, this is the place for you! One part chocolate shop and one part ice cream shop, Ghirardelli will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth one way or another. Lots of chocolate varieties to choose from and numerous ice cream choices from the menu. The ice cream sundays are huge, which makes coming in groups the smart thing to do or to share one with your loved one on a romantic night. The ice cream is a bit too soft for my preference, but the sheer amount and variety of toppings makes up for it. While enjoying your sweets, look around the shop to see he various machines that make the famous chocolate that is enjoyed worldwide. SWEET SWEET SWEET!!!

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    Frances Nguyen
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    2 Oct 17, 2013

    Ghirardelli Square has shops, restaurants, and chocolate stores based along Fisherman's Wharf with a big sign emblazoned on top of the building. The purpose of Ghirardelli Square is to attract curious tourists who are walking from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge. There really isn't anything to see here, so I would advise skipping it.

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    Trina D.
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    4 Mar 23, 2014

    Ghirardelli Square is definitely a tourist trap. However, if you know where to go, it can be a pleasant experience. We took the cable car from Union Square down to Ghirardelli Square. It was a brief walk on a brisk evening.

    We headed not to the 'restaurant' (where there was a long line) but to the smaller cafe ice cream shop across the courtyard near the trendy dog accessories store. The line was non-existent and we were able to order our hot chocolates. We received free samples and happily sat down to enjoy our hot drinks. I definitely recommend it if you love chocolate and if you're visiting.

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    James H
    4 Sep 13, 2013

    Great place for an ice cream sundae. Not the best ice cream nor the best atmosphere. But still fun for families.

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  • Ghirardelli SquarePro 2014
    D'Maris Coffman
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    3 Sep 01, 2013

    One of those places you sort of have to visit. Maybe slightly over-hyped but iconic. And photogenic.

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    Connie Pistilli
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    5 Nov 24, 2013

    There are a lot of shops and restaurants at Ghirardelli Square, but the one thing not to be missed by tourists who want a real San Francisco treat is a sweet treat from the chocolate/ice cream shop.

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    Jani F
    5 May 29, 2013

    Adorable little square with high-end boutiques and restaurants. Part of the Fairmont Hotel. Best chocolate in the West. Watch them make it at Ghirardelli, then choose from the ultimate in desserts. 3 blocks from my home.

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  • Ghirardelli Square
    Dede Tisone
    5 Apr 25, 2013

    Ghirardelli Chocolate Store, Kara's Cupcakes, Cellar 360 for wine, and many more great restaurants and stores

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  • Ghirardelli Square
    Michelle A. Lee
    2 Apr 12, 2013

    Went back recently with high school friends, and thought the ice cream sundaes didn't taste as good as I remember them being when I was a kid. Maybe my palate has changed, or maybe they're using poorer quality ingredients, I can't be sure. Go for the historical value, spectacle, and great view, but for actually good ice cream I would recommend going to Mitchell's or Bi-Rite instead.

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    Truc Nguyen
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    5 Mar 30, 2013

    You have chocolate, you have a seafood restaurant, you have a cute little tea shop, you have the beach right outside...enjoy it all!!! Check it all out!

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Despite clever jingles, San Francisco's most iconic treats are the chocolaty confections crafted by Ghirardelli Chocolate, a local institution since 1852. While production has since moved to their East Bay factory in San Leandro, the original Ghirardelli location in Fisherman's Wharf still stands as a popular attraction. Ghirardelli Square, complete with a number of boutiques, gourmet restaurants ... read more
and (of course) the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop, is an ideal place to congregate. And on cold nights, relax by the outdoor fire pit and cozy up to a loved one and/or bar of chocolate.

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