Ghirardelli SquareIn one form or another, Ghirardelli Square has been a functioning site of commerce for more than a century. Started by Italian chocolate maker Domenico "Domingo" Ghirardelli in 1849, Ghirardelli Square now occupies an entire city block with restaurants, shops, fine art works and its delicious chocolate festival each September. Visitors can sample chocolate bars at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop & Caffe, take a tour of the Square's historic buildings with tour guides garbed in authentic Victorian costumes or dine at newly opened Ana Mandara, a Vietnamese restaurant owned by actor Don Johnson.
Chocolate, Mustard and the Box FactoryDomingo Ghirardelli arrived in San Francisco much in the same fashion as other immigrants: looking for gold
Hours of Operation and LocationGhirardelli Square isn't short on cultural and community events. The summer season will get going with a bang on the Fourth of July with day-long activities and fireworks over the Bay. On September 9, the 5th Annual Chocolate Festival will again tempt the palette with just about anything made out of chocolate. Chocolate Victorian Houses. Chocolate cheesecake. Chocolate pasta desserts. Truffles,
Chocolate fun and Cool JazzGhirardelli Square occupies a full city block from Polk Street to Larkin Street, between North Point and Beach Street. Summer time hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. Shops close at 6 p.m. on Sundays. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Tour groups receive discount coupons, an allocated spot to unload buses and free lunch for bus drivers. Parking is also available at a 30-space garage near Larkin Street and Beach Street. Some restaurants and shops offer limited parking. For more information about the history, and of course the chocolate, of Ghirardelli Square, call 415-775-5500.
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