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The Ferry Building has filled their back plaza with socially distanced, umbrella-covered tables - but if it’s more of a take-off-your-shoes-and-chill-on-a-blanket kind of day, stop by and pick up some picnic essentials on your way to the patch of grass of your choosing. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices in there, a baguette from Acme is the ideal base for a generous slab of Cowgirl Creamery’s soft, buttery Mt. Tam cheese, topped off with salami from Golden Gate Meat Co.
Last year, the Ferry Building debuted expanded outdoor seating, which made it easy to grab food from places like Acme, Cowgirl Creamery, Daily Driver, and other great spots and enjoy it all in the back plaza under shaded umbrellas. Since the city reinstated outdoor dining, those outdoor seating areas have returned. There are also two tented dining areas on the Embarcadero side of the Ferry Building, too. The dining areas are open daily from 10am-5pm (note that restaurants with dedicated patio seating stay open later).
You’re new to the city, so one thing you’re probably going to do is check out the shops and eateries at the Ferry Building. Which is always a good call, since you can also get your hands on some really great food: crackly fresh baguettes from Acme Bread, briny, slurpable oysters and clam chowder from Hog Island Oyster Co., or a pint of matchadoodle or Secret Breakfast ice cream from Humphry Slocombe. Take your treasures and enjoy them on a bench along the Embarcadero while you gaze out at the bay.