Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Fisherman's Wharf
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 (Photograph: Alyssa Pereira)
Photograph: Alyssa PereiraGhirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
 (Photograph: Alyssa Pereira)
Photograph: Alyssa PereiraGhirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop

Dating back to 1864, Ghirardelli Square is the former factory of Domingo Ghirardelli, San Francisco's original chocolatier. The factory was long ago converted into a high-end shopping and dining complex, but the original chocolate manufactory and soda fountain is still the spot to pick up one-pound chocolate bars and indulge in enormous ice-cream sundaes and banana splits. If you're brave, team up and try the Earthquake: eight scoops of ice cream, eight toppings, fresh bananas, whipped cream, chopped almonds, semi-sweet chocolate chips and cherries in a trough-size bowl; or the more modest Ghirardelli Square—a classic sundae made with scoops of vanilla ice cream covered in hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped almonds and a cherry. Don't miss the demonstration production center at the back of the room where luscious melted chocolate sloshes around in big vats.


Venue name: Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
Address: 900 North Point St
San Francisco

Cross street: at corner of Beach and Larkin Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 9am–11pm; Fri, Sat 9am–midnight
Transport: Bus 2, 4, 8, 18, 19, 24, 27, 30, 38, 44, 47, 54, 56, 58, 72, 74, 76, 91
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