If you've already made your way through “The Best in Two
Days” you'll find your third full-day tour gives you a taste of the city's
epicurean underpinnings, as well as its rich artistic and cultural life. You'll
want the whole day for this tour. It can be done on foot, but the F-Market
streetcar is an attraction in itself. Note: although the Civic Center is just a few
blocks from SoMa, the east-west blocks are quite long. START: From Union
Sq., hop on the F-Market streetcar at the Powell St. station; exit at the
Ferry Terminal loop.
1 ★ F-Market streetcar. Several
streetcars travel along Market Street,
but the F line also heads along the
scenic waterfront. Its streetcars are
imported from around the world,
including vintage cars from Europe
and turn-of-the-20th-century trolleys
from other U.S. cities. @ 15 min.
From Union Sq., enter at the Powell
St. station; exit at the Ferry Terminal
loop. Fare $1.25, 35¢ seniors & kids
5-17. Avoid rush hour (M-F, before
9:30am & 4:30-6:30pm).
2 ★★ Ferry Building. This 1898
building reopened in 2003 after a
4-year, multimillion-dollar renovation.
Outside, you'll see a 240-foot (73m)
clock tower. Inside is a collection
of restaurants and gourmet-food
stores offering artisan cheese,
handcrafted chocolates, and other
specialty foods. Make your way to the
back of the building for a view of the
Bay Bridge. If you are lucky, you'll visit
on a day the Farmer's Market is
being held. @ 1 hr. 1 Ferry Building
(at the Embarcadero & Market St.).
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm;
Sun 11am-5pm. www.ferrybuilding
marketplace.com. F or any Market St.
streetcar to the Ferry Bldg. or Embar-
cadero; bus 2, 7, 14, 21, 66, or 71 to
Steuart & Market sts.
3 ★★★ Ferry Plaza Farmers
Market. Four days a week (Tues,
Thurs, Sat, and Sun), local farmers
and food producers set up booths
around the Ferry Building. Saturday
mornings are busiest, as San Fran-
cisco residents make their regular
market trek to stock up on organic
fruits and vegetables, naturally raised
meats, fresh-baked goods, and so
on. Saturdays also feature trailor cars
out back, from which city restaurants
serve gourmet breakfasts. Given the
penchant for using local, organic, and
naturally raised produce and meats at
many San Francisco restaurants—not
to mention homes—this market is a
hallmark of city life. @ 1 hr. 1 Ferry
Building (at the Embarcadero
& Market St.). Tues, Thurs & Sun
10am-2pm; Sat 8am-2pm.
Take a ride on a vintage F-market line streetcar.