Explore San Francisco | San Francisco Ferry Building

Since I live so close to the city, I would love to start a series where I explore San Francisco and share my favorite places. 

Explore San Francisco - San Francisco Ferry Building

It’s kind of ridiculous that we live so close to this amazing city, and we hardly ever go!

But now that I have an excuse to go more often, my photo shoot days with Julia O Test, I thought why not have some fun!

With each location we use for my blog photos, I will also share some of the best places to eat and visit.

The first place I wanted to share is the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Farmer’s Market

The farmer’s market is open three days a week, with the busiest day being Saturday.

  • Tuesday 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday 10am – 2pm
  • Saturday 8am – 2pm

The market is widely known for their diverse products and prepared foods. During the week, it’s a great place to grab lunch like tacos, sandwiches, or wood-fired pizzas.

Inside the marketplace, there is a variety of merchants that have permanent locations.

Cowgirl Creamery

When my friends and I went up to Marshall over the summer, we made it a point to also stop by Cowgirl Creamery. Their Mt. Tam Triple Cream Brie is literally made out of cheese heaven. It’s one of their most popular cheese for a reason.

If you wanted an easier location to get your cheese fix, my suggestion would be to avoid the drive up the coast and instead make a stop by the ferry building.

Hog Island Oyster Company

This place is perfect for relaxing with friends. While looking over the bay, you can sip champagne and eat the freshest oysters. 

Hog Island Oyster Company was the main reason why Ernie and I took a road trip to Marshall last summer. That was such a mistake. We didn’t leave early enough and got stuck in the WORST TRAFFIC EVER.

You should have seen Ernie’s face when I told him there was a closer location in SF.

If you want to read about that road trip, click here.

Humphry Slocombe

At trip the Ferry Building is completely worth it, just to stop by Humphry Slocombe. They have the craziest list of ice cream flavors, but each one is more tasty than the last.

Some of their most popular flavors include secret breakfast, brown butter, and Elvis.

That day, I had my eye on the guava sorbet. 

As a blogger, I felt like it was my duty to take Instagram worthy photos with the Bay Bridge behind me. Well let me tell you…don’t ever go behind the Ferry Building with an ice cream cone.

This was the only shot that Julia was able to get of me, before chaos happened.

While walking towards the back of the building, I was attacked by a seagull.

You may think I am kidding, but Julia was there to confirm this story.

This GIGANTIC seagull jumped into the air, flew past Julia’s head, and smacked me in the face with his foot.

Yes, I was slapped by a seagull.

Stunned, I looked over at Julia. I said, “I think this seagull wants my cone”.

Sure enough, he jumped in the air again at me to try to grab the cone.

Little know fact, I have a minor phobia of birds.

I gave up. I was a little scared of getting bitch slapped by a bird again, so I threw my ice cream cone at him. 

In a bird line up, it was the guy on the right. He was a mean one and he was out to get my $5 ice cream. Lesson learned.

But, as a pro, I don’t let a seagull fight get me down. Back to more exploring.

^^ This photo would have been epic with an ice cream cone in hand.

Heath Ceramics

Julia actually introduced me to this company while at our photo shoot. Heath Ceramics is one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries. 

You can really see the craftsmanship in the ceramics. I love that each item looks like a piece of art.

Alright friends, I hope this gives you a push to visit the San Francisco Ferry Building. There are so many treasures inside!

You can find out more information here:

SF Ferry Building
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

All photos are from Julia O Test Photography

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  1. Katie wrote:

    I Bloody hate seagulls with a passion! What a horrible situation to be in!

    Cowgirl Creamery sounds like a dream and all your photos are gorgeous. Maybe we will need to think about going to San Fran after all!

    Katie xx


    Posted 2.14.17 Reply
    • Lauren wrote:

      LOL, I am now scarred for life now. Overtime I am outside eating food, I have my guard up incase a bird wants my lunch!

      If you come out to SF, let me know if you need any recommendations!

      Posted 2.14.17 Reply