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Marketplace Design Features

Marketplace design features

The Building

Built in 1898, the Ferry Building and its 240-foot tall clock tower is the iconic landmark of the San Francisco waterfront. The dramatic heart of the building is a three-story tall, sky lit hall, known as the Nave. It runs the entire 660-foot length of the building. The ground floor of the Ferry Building is devoted to a 65,000 square foot public food market showcasing the very best of the Bay Area's world-renowned food community. The second and third floors of the building house 175,000 square feet of office space and the ceremonial hearing room of the San Francisco Port Commission.

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Key design elements include:

The Nave

The Ferry Building Marketplace is organized along a dramatic indoor street called the Nave. It runs the entire 660-foot length of the building. Natural daylight fills the Nave from the steel-trussed glass ceiling.

Nave Shops

Dozens of specialty food producers —such as a chocolate-maker, pastry shop, and olive oil merchant—have shops that line each side of the "street" of the Nave.

Market Halls

Two great, open Market Halls are situated behind the Nave on the Bay-side of the building. In the design tradition of classic public markets, the high-ceilinged halls offer a complete array of high quality meats and poultry, fish, wines, artisan cheeses, bread, prepared foods, fresh produce, pasta, cookware and cutlery, coffee and tea, and much more.

Restaurants & Cafés

There are two city-side cafés, one at each end of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero, and two magnificent bayside restaurants with unparalleled sweeping views of the waterfront. Whether sipping a morning cappuccino or a late evening glass of wine, guests enjoy an incomparable window to the life of the City.

City-side Arcades

There are two open air arcades where vendors from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market sell the best of the area's produce and regional specialties.

Bayside Plazas

The wide esplanade on the water-side of the building has been reopened to pedestrians, many of whom are en route to and from the adjacent Downtown Ferry Terminal. The popular Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has moved to its permanent home on the large plaza on the southeast side of the building.

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