Discover why San Francisco locals and visitors love Ghirardelli Square!
When you think of Ghirardelli your first thought may be of chocolate. However, Ghirardelli Square isn’t just about chocolate, it’s about history, tradition and enjoyment. Ghirardelli Square translates into “a fun destination with a vibrant atmosphere”. Ghirardelli Square restaurants offer something for everyone. You can enjoy a wine tasting experience, fine dining or take the kids to the Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop, there’s options galore at the all new Ghirardelli Square!
Today, Ghirardelli Square is a unique San Francisco destination that includes a mix of upscale shopping, fine dining, wine bars, spa facilities and live entertainment. Ghirardelli Square also represents one of the city’s newest options for luxury living. Fairmont Heritage Place, a new development offering luxury residences is located at the square.
Ghirardelli Square is a historic San Francisco landmark, located on the beautiful San Francisco bay just a block from the cable car turnaround on the west side of Fisherman’s Wharf which is home to many great restaurants.
San Francisco’s Famous Landmark!
History of Ghirardelli Square
Domingo Ghirardelli came to San Francisco during the 1849 Gold Rush, making his fortune by selling chocolates.
In 1893 Ghirardelli purchased the Pioneer Woolen Mill, an entire San Francisco city block, in order to expand the headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. In 1895 the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company relocated to what is now Ghirardelli Square.
In the early 1960’s The Golden Grain Macaroni Company bought the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Soon after they put the square up for sale and relocated the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to a modern new facility across the bay in San Leandro.
Ghiradelli SquARE IN VIDEOS
Exploring Ghiradelli Square in motion…
In addition to regular live entertainment, GHIRARDELLI SQUARE hosts several annual events including Uncorked, The Annual Chocolate Festival, San Francisco July 4th Celebration and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.