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Jun 29, 2007 10:25 AM

Ferry Building Market

When is the best day/time to visit the Ferry Building Market? Can't wait for my visit to SF!!

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  1. You can catch a small farmers market out front on Tues. between 10am-2pm, or a much larger one in back on Sat. am. There used to be an evening market on Thurs. but it doesn't seem so active this year. Have fun!

    1. Saturday's outdoor farmers market is PACKED! If you're into crowds, go then. If not, avoid it. The farmers market on Tuesday is more managable.

      The actual Ferry Building Marketplace is such a wonderful place for foodies. Love it.

      Just wrote about a couple of places in there recently:

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      1. re: VirgoBlue

        Actually the only reason to go there is the Saturday morning market. If someone is just visiting the city, the Tuesday market isn't going to do much for them ... fine for locals that want to pick up a few veggies for dinner, but not very interesting.

        As others have said, to avoid crowds go when the market opens on Saturday

        1. re: rworange

          The crowd is part of the experience. It's pretty good people-watching, especially for anyone from out of the area.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I can understand wanting to visit more of the available purveyors during the Saturday market, but IMHO, the crowds have made me want to stay away. Just a personal preference.

      2. The Saturday market does tend to get busy, however it is very impressive and should not be missed! Just go early... I believe it opens at 8am, although I've heard that its even open before that.

        No need to dress up, just crawl out of bed, throw some clothes on and get down there for a cup of Blue Bottle Coffee, breakfast at any number of vendors, and a beautiful stroll through the market. I can't think of a better way to get my weekend started!

        1. Saturday, 8am to 2pm. Most of the best purveyors are not at the much smaller Tuesday market.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Concur with Robert -- some of my favorite vendors (Rancho Gordo's beans, for example) are only there on Saturday. I head over over early -- 8:30ish on Saturdays and tend to leave before noon, when it is reaching its peak of people capacity.

          2. Thank you so much for the wonderful advice!

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            1. re: orcutbm

              Just go early on Saturday and most of the crowds can be's worth it anyway.