Ghirardelli Square: A San Francisco Legacy

Originally the home of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Ghirardelli Square was transformed into a bustling retail and dining complex in the 1960s to prevent its demolition. This clever adaptation, which turned the old chocolate factory into a hub for shoppers and food enthusiasts, marked Ghirardelli Square as the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country.

Ghirardelli Square continues to enchant visitors with its unique charm and serves as a poignant reminder of San Francisco’s spirited dedication to preserving its cultural landmarks for future generations to enjoy

Its rich history began with Domenico “Domingo” Ghirardelli, an Italian confectioner who established his chocolate enterprise in the heart of San Francisco. When the chocolate manufacturing moved to another location in San Leandro, a group of visionary San Franciscans reimagined the space, which officially reopened on November 29, 1964.

The famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace has unique shops and artisanal eateries, the square is a vibrant destination for locals and tourists alike.

You can still get chocolates from Ghirardelli here! Ghirardelli Square is at around Fort Mason, next to Fisherman’s Wharf.