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Directions

Ghirardelli Square is located at 900 North Point Street at the corner of Beach and Larkin Streets. It is on the West side of Fisherman’s Wharf, two blocks east of Van Ness Avenue and one block west of the Cable Car turnaround at Beach and Hyde Streets.

History
Ghirardelli Square | Chocolate Factory

Ghirardelli Square, considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country, has a history that spans more than a century and covers three continents. This specialty retail and dining complex, housing shops and restaurants, was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli.

Born in 1817 in Rapallo, Italy, Ghirardelli served as a Genoa confectioner’s apprentice and at a young age developed a strong interest in the business. He left for Uruguay when he was 20 years old, then sailed around Cape Horn to Peru where he became a coffee and chocolate merchant.

James Lick—Ghirardelli’s neighbor in Lima—left for San Francisco in January 1848 taking 600 pounds of Ghirardelli’s chocolate with him. He arrived just thirteen days before the first shiploads of gold-rush pioneers. Lured by his friend’s tales of the gold rush, Ghirardelli joined Lick a year later and opened a general store supplying mustard, coffee, spices and, of course, chocolate.

Between 1852 and 1895, Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Factory was located at four different sites before the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company took over the Pioneer Woolen Mills on North Point Street—today’s site of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory & Soda Fountain and Ghirardelli Square.

In the 1960s the chocolate manufacturing operation was sold and transferred to San Leandro. A group of San Franciscans, fearing Ghirardelli Square might be demolished, purchased the property. Unique shops and restaurants were created within the old factory, combining the latest in retailing and fine cuisine with the flavor of old San Francisco. The project officially opened on November 29, 1964.

Today, Ghirardelli delights visitors with its lively retail mix, while maintaining Ghirardelli’s tradition as a trendsetter for the rest of the world. In 1982 the owners applied for and were granted National Historic Register status, a move that ensured the preservation of Ghirardelli Square for future generations.
Always on the cutting edge of retailing in the United States, Ghirardelli Square continues to serve as a model for restoration complexes throughout the country such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and Baltimore’s Harborplace.

Parking

Enter parking garage on Beach Street between Larkin & Polk Streets.

Garage Hours:
5:00 am – 2:00am, daily

Rates:
First hour: $6.00
1 hour - 1 hour 20 min: $10.00
$2.50 every additional 20 minutes
Maximum: $33.00

Validations:
60 minutes free with retail validation - $20 minimum purchase
90 minutes for $2.50 with restaurant validation - $20 minimum purchase

Additional Information:
Validation does not apply towards daily maximum
Lost ticket pays daily maximum ($33)
Free bicycle parking available on level 4

Concierge

Visit the Concierge in the Plaza for answers to all your questions. The knowledgeable staff will assist you with restaurant recommendations, public transportation, maps, directions and much more.

Purchase gift cards and Ghirardelli Square swag from the Concierge.

There is a free guided walking history tour of Ghirardelli Square every Friday, Saturday & Monday morning at 10:00am. Meet at the concierge booth in the center of the Square.

Music Calendar
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31-MarBest of DayKIPPY MARKSIMPROVISATIONAL VIOLINKIPPYMARKS.US
1-AprBest of Day   
2-AprBest of DayKIPPY MARKSIMPROVISATIONAL VIOLINwww.KIPPYMARKS.US
3-Apr    
4-AprEarlySTEPHEN DREYFUSCONTEMPORARY SAXOPHONEwww.STEPHENDREYFUSS.COM
 LateKIPPY MARKSIMPROVISATIONAL VIOLINwww.KIPPYMARKS.US
5-AprEarlyAMELIA ROMANOHARP/STRINGSwww.STRINGQUAKE.COM
 LateTONY & ANDRESSAXOPHONE & PERCUSSIONwww.TONYBRAGNO.COM
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7-AprBest of DayBRANDON MEIKEYBOARDwww.BRANDONMEI.BLOGSPOT.COM
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10-AprBest of DayBLUES PER SQ INCHBLUES.JAZZ.ROCKwww.BLUESPERSQUAREINCH.COM
11-AprEarlyKEVIN TOQEFOLK.ROCK.GUITARwww.KEVINTOQE.COM
 LateSTEPHEN DREYFUSCONTEMPORARY SAXOPHONEwww.STEPHENDREYFUSS.COM
12-AprEarlyTONY & ANDRESSAXOPHONE & PERCUSSIONwww.TONYBRAGNO.COM
 LateKEVIN TOQEFOLK.ROCK.GUITARwww.KEVINTOQE.COM
13-AprBest of DayTONY & ANDRESSAXOPHONE & PERCUSSIONwww.TONYBRAGNO.COM
 3:15-3:45Bakersfield HS ChoirBakersfield CA..Mermaid Fountain
14-AprBest of DaySTEPHEN DREYFUSCONTEMPORARY SAXOPHONEwww.STEPHENDREYFUSS.COM
15-AprBest of DayCHAZ GUNTERVOCALS. MULTI INSTRUMENTwww.CHAZANDCO.COM
16-AprBest of Day   
17-AprBest of DayTONY & ANDRESSAXOPHONE & PERCUSSIONwww.TONYBRAGNO.COM
18-AprEarlyBLUES PER SQ INCHBLUES.JAZZ.ROCKwww.BLUESPERSQUAREINCH.COM
 LateKEVIN TOQEFOLK.ROCK.GUITARwww.KEVINTOQE.COM
19-AprNoon - 1:00Oak Bay ChoirVictoria BCMermaid Fountain
 EarlyAmelia/String QuakeHARP/STRINGSwww.stringquake.com
 LateTONY & ANDRESSAXOPHONE & PERCUSSIONwww.TONYBRAGNO.COM
20-AprBest of DayMIKE SUGARAMERICANA GUITARwww.MIKESUGARMUSIC.COM
21-AprBest of DayDARRYL JOHNSONJAZZ.BLUES SAXOPHONE 
22-AprBest of DayCHAZ GUNTERVOCALS. MULTI INSTRUMENTwww.CHAZANDCO.COM
23-AprBest of DayGLENN MORGANDULCIMERwww.GLENNMORGANDULCIMER.COM
24-AprBest of Day   
25-AprEarlyARTHUR JAVIERGUITAR VOCALS 
 LateKEVIN TOQEFOLK.ROCK.GUITARwww.KEVINTOQE.COM
26-AprEarlyKIPPY MARKSIMPROVISATIONAL VIOLINwww.KIPPYMARKS.US
 3:00-4:00St. Mary's HS Orchestra Upper Plaza
 LateKEVIN TOQEFOLK.ROCK.GUITARwww.KEVINTOQE.COM
27-AprBest of DayDARRYL JOHNSONJAZZ.BLUES SAXOPHONE 
28-AprBest of DayTOM DUARTELATIN FUSION GUITARwww.DUARTEMUSIC.NET
29-AprBest of DayBLUES PER SQ INCHBLUES.JAZZ.ROCKwww.BLUESPERSQUAREINCH.COM
30-AprBest of DayKIPPY MARKSIMPROVISATIONAL VIOLINwww.KIPPYMARKS.US
Tours

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory is no longer at Ghirardelli Square, therefore there are no factory tours.

There are free guided walking history tours of Ghirardelli Square every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Friday & Saturday - Noon & 2:00pm
Sunday & Monday - Noon

Please meet at the concierge booth in the center of the Square.

Gift Cards
Ghirardelli Square | Gift Cards

Ghirardelli Square Gift Cards are the perfect gift! Gift Cards are avail- able at the Concierge at Ghirardelli Square for any denomination from $5.00-$500.00. Gift Cards can be used at any Ghirardelli Square store or restaurant. There is a $2.00 activation fee at the time of purchase. Credit cards accepted for purchase. For more information call 415- 775-5500.

Stay at GSQ
Ghirardelli Square | Fairmont Heritage Place

Two of San Francisco’s most recognized icons, Ghirardelli Square and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, have partnered to create the city’s most distinctive and exciting new luxury accommodations, Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square.

Enjoy an array of unparalleled personalized service and extraordinary amenities. From our dedicated Concierges who will strive to anticipate your every need to our attentive Butlers who will attend to your every request.

For more information, reservations and special packages visit:

Fairmont Website

Book the Ghirardelli Getaway Package for a great room rate and a $100 Ghirardelli Square Gift Card!

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Management Office

Ghirardelli Square Management Office
900 North Point Street, Suite E100, San Francisco, CA 94109
Tel:
415.775.5500 | Fax: 415.775.0912
Jane Echlin, Property Manager | Tel:
415.775.5500 | jane.echlin@cbre.com
Nick Cattaneo, Marketing & Events Manager | Tel:
415.321.1537 | nick.cattaneo@cbre.com

Leasing Information
CBRE | 101 California Street, 44th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
Laura Sagues, Associate | Tel: 415.772.0122 | laura.sagues@cbre.com

Media Inquiries
Renay Weissberger Fanelli | Tel: 415.244.0475 | renay@wire-to-wire.com