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.
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.
Enter parking garage on Beach Street between Larkin & Polk Streets.
5:00 am – 2:00am, daily
First hour: $6.00
1 hour - 1 hour 20 min: $10.00
$2.50 every additional 20 minutes
60 minutes free with retail validation - $20 minimum purchase
90 minutes for $2.50 with restaurant validation - $20 minimum purchase
Validation does not apply towards daily maximum
Lost ticket pays daily maximum ($33)
Free bicycle parking available on level 4
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 from the Concierge.
For questions, please email: GSQConcierge@guestservicesolutions.com.
August 21st: Glenn Morgan (Early), Kippy Marks (Late)
August 22nd: Glenn Morgan (Early), Arthur Javier (Late)
August 23rd: Glenn Morgan (Early), Richard Olsen (Late)
August 24th: Mike Sugar (Best of Day)
August 25th: Alesia Panajota (Early), Brandon Mei (Late)
August 26th: Tom Duarte (Early), Tony Bragano (Late)
August 27th: Bob Culbertson (Early), Tony Bragano (Late)
August 28th: Glenn Morgan (Early), Stephen Dreyfuss (Late)
August 29th: Glenn Morgan (Early), Kippy Marks (Late)
August 30th: Glenn Morgan (Early), Richard Olson (Late)
August 31st: Stephen Dreyfuss (Best of Day)
The Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory is no longer at Ghirardelli Square, therefore there are no factory tours.
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.
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:
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Ghirardelli Square Management Office
900 North Point Street, Suite E100, San Francisco, CA 94109
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