After spending many hours combing the streets of San Francisco on bike, foot, bus, and train, I have come to what I believe to be my favorite place in San Francisco. I must first mention some things about the city that I noticed while traveling through it before I do that.
- Number of Laundromats in San Francisco: 866 (per yahoo!)
- Number of ATMs in San Francisco: 1734 (per ATM San Francisco)
- Average number of sirens heard in a 18 hour period: 21
- Average number of times I smelled urine while walking or biking through almost any neighborhood in San Francisco for at least three hours: 5
- Number of times I was told to stay out of The Tenderloin District: 16
- Number of times I got lost and found myself in The Tenderloin District: 17
- Number of times I got lost: 63
On to more delightful things. My favorite place in San Francisco, hands-down, by far, was The Ferry Building. So much so that I went there three times. You might wonder why this is, why, out of all of the amazing things I could have chosen to LOVE in San Francisco, why, oh why, would I choose The Ferry Building? In a word: Food.
|Amazing Grilled Cheese of the Day at The Sidekick.|
|Double Salumi Cone.|
The other great thing about The Ferry Building? It doubles as a Farmer's Market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 to 2. On Saturdays there are food classes, chefs cooking up farm-fresh dishes, and many other epicurean educational events happening in and around The Ferry Building. This Farmer's Market is a great example of what a Farmer's Market can do for a community; it provides local, healthy food, education, and support tools for a healthy diet.
Happy Girl Pickles on my third and final visit to the Ferry Building. Before I purchased a jar of their hot pickled carrots, I tried the Cinnamon Plum Jam, the Lemon Ginger Marmalade, hot pickled carrots, classic dills, dilly beans, and a bit of honey. All of them were organic, fantastic, and though I had meant to send the pickles to a friend of mine in Northeast Washington, I accidentally ate them before I could get to it.
Besides all of the great tastes and smells that The Ferry Building has to offer, the building itself is also quite beautiful. The long, continuous hall, the glass roof running down the length of it, and the architectural details make this building a joy to walk through. The building is also my favorite place because I arrived in San Francisco via the Ferry Building (on an Amtrak bus), and I left through it as well. The building has framed my experience in San Francisco. Due to this, in addition to all the delicious reasons I have named above, it will always be my favorite San Francisco Place.