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Ghirardelli Square Bucket List – The San Francisco Examiner


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Everyone knows that the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae by Ghirardelli Chocolate is an absolute must when visiting San Francisco and Ghirardelli Square, but did you know that there is so much more to sample in the plaza? Here are a few things you should try when visiting this landmark by the bay.

Local foodies flock to Palette Tea House & Dim Sum for a refreshing take on modern Cantonese cuisine. Located on the Upper Plaza, Palette’s patio seating offers diners the perfect view of Andrea’s Fountain and the occasional musical performance. While all of their dishes are mouthwatering and Instagram-worthy, we recommend the colorful “XLB” Sampler, the indulgent Lobster Dumpling with Butter Sauce, and the delicately crafted Black Swan Taro Puffs.

Black Swan Taro Puff, one of the signature dishes of Palette Tea House & Dim Sum.

If you’re entertaining outside of the locals and looking for stunning views, stop by McCormick & Kuleto’s Seafood & Steaks. A wall full of windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay provides the perfect backdrop for your dining experience. You can never go wrong with local oysters or a bowl of clam chowder, but the Dungeness Crab Cakes or the Anchor Steamed Fish and Chips will give your guests’ taste buds a delicious tour of the bay.

[Related: Nob Hill Gazette January Food and Wine Page]

For something a little more casual, head to the West Plaza where local beers are brewed and served with pub fare bred at San Francisco Brewing Co. The craft brewery specializes in small batch brewing and brewing. experimental brewing, so there’s something for everyone in your party to enjoy. Try the Fog City Hazy IPA or the Polk Street Pale Ale in their beer garden. If you are more of a seltzer fan, they have some fun rotating flavors for you. Currently on deck: Mango & Passion Fruit.

Fog City Hazy IPA by SF Brewing Co.

Children of all ages will find fun and boba in the Lower Plaza. Tea Square sits inside the Subpar Miniature Golf and offers a variety of teas and boba smoothies to satisfy that sweet tooth. While you’re at it, be sure to browse 18 of San Francisco’s most notable landmarks. Across the plaza, check out some of the latest Subpar Arcade video games or try your hand at some VR games at GamedayVR next door.

Retail therapy is a must when visiting the square and our stores have everything you need from thoughtful souvenirs and gifts to wines and spirits. Visit Lola of North Beach for their collection of unique greeting cards or gifts for everyone on your list. Indulge in ElizabethW’s range of handcrafted local scents with clean and sophisticated scents like tuberose and dandelion in the form of hand cream, shower gel and room diffuser.

Those with a refined palate for spirits will appreciate a visit to vomFASS for a unique selection of bottled liquors, spirits and cocktails. Don’t miss their collection of premium oils and vinegars, perfect for your next culinary creation. Ask questions, taste and take home your favorite bottle.

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