Originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli, it is now a retail and dining complex with several shops and restaurants. A must visit place with an interesting history and touristy feel. The mouth-watering ice creams and chocolates available here have to be tried. They also host several events throughout the year for kids and adults. A great place to stop by for a meal or just walk around.
The Ghirardelli Square was originally famous for being the grounds for a chocolate factory, but has now become a sprawling complex full of ice cream shops, chocolate stores and restaurants. You don’t need a ticket for Ghirardelli Square as it is an open complex. So Ghirardelli Square ticket prices are not valid. However, you can also choose to visit the area with a tour group covering a number of attractions. Ghirardelli Square tickets are applicable for that and you can view and buy tickets for Ghirardelli Square tours from our online ticketing platform for convenience.
Ghirardelli Square Hours
- Ice cream fountain opens at 10.00 am.
How to Reach Ghirardelli Square
- Tram Stop: North Point St & Hyde St
- Bus Stop: North Point St & Larkin St
- The Original Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory
- Blackpoint Cafe
- The Pub at Ghirardelli Square
- Lori's Diner
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31.87% of people who visit San Francisco include Ghirardelli Square in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
26.36% of people start their Ghirardelli Square visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ghirardelli Square
82.6% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ghirardelli Square
This place was so fun to visit. We have been told it's just a tourist trap, but we still love to go there. It's fun to walk around the whole plaza and our two boys loved it. We parked a little ways away and walked in and just had a good couple hours walking around the area. They have some free chocolate samples and yummy food and sweets.
This is place was really great and enjoyable to visit. This place has the best ice cream I’ve ever had. It’s a bit expensive but it’s completely worth it. Super crowded but that's the price you pay for having the most delicious desserts. Friendly staff with great service and relatively quick despite the line out of the building.
Ghirardelli Square is a very busy touristy place, and although the sundaes are absolutely delicious it’s not worth the hype. The environment is really fun and lively. There’s two different spots to get the sundaes here; I’m not too sure what’s the difference, but to the left of the original chocolate shop, there’s always a really long line to get into the shop to get seated and order a sundae. Alternatively, I went to the other end of the square and the lines shorter, and you can order a sundae there as well. The strawberry hot fudge sundae is just the right amount of sweet.
Being in the Bay area, I have visited Ghirardelli many times and have ordered always the chocolate and vanilla flavoured ice cream, this time ordered something different with butterscotch (bad decision),It was too much of syrup and sugar. 👉As usual long queue. 👉no one was there to clean the table.so dirty tables with used glasses. 👉it's always a better idea to get the ice cream in a Togo box than a glass. 👉 The taste is Definitely not worth the hype ! 👉 Safer side go with treasure island.
Yes, it’s expensive and touristy. However, if you go to SF without visiting Ghirardelli Square, you’re really missing out. There are a couple different things to check out at Ghirardelli. First, make sure you stop by one of the chocolate shops to get your free sample. It’s almost always a caramel Ghirardelli chocolate, except during the holidays when they give out peppermint. Another thing you can do is buy ice cream. The ice cream is a bit pricey (around $10 for a sundae) but totally worth it. Each one has an SF name and theme, although the themes are pretty loose. You can also, of course, buy chocolate. These make great gifts because they often have special flavors that are harder to find in stores. And finally, take a picture with the Ghirardelli sign! There are a couple of them on different sides of the square, as well as the large one up top. You can also get a good angle if you walk towards the marina and take a picture from the other side of the park.