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Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace

Chocolate Shop, Ice Cream Shop, and Candy Store
San Francisco
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  • SFist
    SFistFebruary 27, 2015
    There's a rich history behind this company, founded in 1852 by Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli. To this day they still produce some of the best chocolate in the world. Try anything! Read more
  • Eduardo V.
    Eduardo VieroDecember 28, 2014
    It's hard to say what's best here since basically everything is good here. I'm more inclined to prefer dark chocolate, but you can choose anyone and won't be disappointed. The factory inside is A+!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMay 20, 2013
    Everything is great here but people should compliment more on the knowledgeable staff because they know everything about where they work and that's a rare trait. Free samples when you walk in too!
  • NeMeSiS
    NeMeSiSApril 18, 2015
    Love the ice cream selection. Tend to be crowded over weekend, so u want to avoid this, come later in the evening. Take a stroll ard the premise Abd enjoy your ice cream!
  • Lesly T.
    Lesly TanApril 28, 2012
    A brand of chocolate with it's own ice cream parlor? Believe it! Their employees also give out free chocolate to every customer who enters their chocolate shop area (which I abused a few times haha).
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimcoxAugust 21, 2013
    Free samples of chocolate when you go in! And when I tried to leave I was given another one! This place is bigger and better for sundaes, but to buy chocolate go to its sister shop across the square.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkDecember 4, 2013
    Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! If you're in San Francisco, it would be illegal not to stop in and get your sugar on. The workers are friendly and you feel like a kid in a candy store...
  • Ami B.
    Ami BatmanOctober 11, 2011
    When they give you the sample and you want to share it with a friend, don't split it in half. It's likely full of caramel and you're going to get your fingers sticky!
  • N ~.
    N ~January 25
    Love the chocolate and the ice cream. They have great deals after holiday season. Gifts options are good. Try their hot chocolate mix it is great.
  • VickyisaStar L.
    VickyisaStar LAUJune 1, 2011
    Go In summer at night take your butterscotch hot fudge sundae outside and enjoy the great ambience of Ghirardelli Square - quite romantic with the lights at night
  • Christine B.
    Christine BJuly 12, 2012
    Yes, it's touristy and overcrowded, but watching the chocolate made the old fashioned way and having a sundae with the dark chocolate fudge is totally worth it
  • Drew K.
    Drew KaplanSeptember 18, 2011
    The Intense Dark Sundaes have A LOT of ice cream and hot fudge: it's best to share one with a friend rather than trying to eat it all on your own....
  • Natalie M.
    Natalie MJune 19, 2015
    To avoid the long line at the original choc factory, head to the back to the marketplace to still get your chocolate fix but without as long as a wait!
  • Sıla
    SılaMay 31, 2015
    Best Chocolate Shop in SF. I love Sea Salt and Caramel ones. Try the big box of minis, taste each one and choose your best.
  • Abood A.
    Abood AbussaudApril 8, 2015
    Everything is great in here.. HUGE portions though.. You get to see the making of their chocolate beside getting a free sample!
  • Celine P.
    The shop near the entrance sells ice cream and chocolate in large containers, but you can buy individual squares at the Marketplace.
  • Tomi A.
    Tomi AjayiDecember 22, 2014
    Go see the chocolate making process, buy some freshly made chocolate or if nothing else, try the free samples given at the door
  • Lee S.
    Lee SimcoxAugust 21, 2013
    This store has the widest range of chocolates and gifts, but is really tiny and cramped. For sundaes go to the Marketplace across the square (its bigger).
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RipleySeptember 2, 2012
    This cafe is chaos. Seat yourself, if you don't mind stalking those trying to eat their sundaes. Waiters have to wander around looking for table numbers, hope this sundae is worth the 40 min wait!
  • Akshay D.
    Akshay DaveAugust 12, 2013
    The new place is bigger than its older cousin. You have ample of place to sit and relax..no big queues.. love it !
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 15, 2015
    You can find Ghirardelli Chocolate anywhere around SF but just check out the beautiful view of the wharf from this place
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 13, 2014
    Pretty much a tourist trap but fun nonetheless. Check out the chocolate fountain/tempering machine in the back of the main room
  • Krista V.
    Krista VogelSeptember 1, 2014
    Free samples! They have special San Francisco flavors here, too, and the sundaes they serve are huge.
  • Ondrej
    OndrejMay 10, 2015
    I waited for my hot chocolate longer that I would like to and it wasn't even crowded. At least it tasted delicious. Worth visiting only if you are there the first time.
  • Abhishek
    AbhishekSeptember 1, 2014
    If you love chocolate and ice creams, and are in SFO, you should make sure that you pay them a visit! You will not regret!
  • Kristin R.
    Kristin Reichardt RummellSeptember 5, 2011
    The drinking chocolate with caramel and sea salt plus a shot of espresso is a true vacation indulgence! Yum!!
  • SFist
    SFistMay 6, 2015
    Yes, you've had their squares everywhere, but Ghirardelli still represents some of the finest in chocolate-making around the world, so be thankful they're ours.
  • Casandra S.
    Cool place, but don't order a milkshake. Our group got 3 different kinds and they were all ~okay~ But the sundaes looked good!
  • Fawzi A.
    Fawzi AlkadiAugust 18, 2015
    The menu has an espresso sunday or something. Can't remember the name, but it was unbelievably good.
  • NorthBeach U.
    NorthBeach UDecember 18, 2013
    The pumpkin spice chocolates are fantastic! Tip: take an Uber in North Beach for FREE (up to $20) anytime between now until Friday 12/20/13 using the promo code NorthBeachSF. (Excludes TAXI). #NBSF
  • Helpinghandva
    HelpinghandvaNovember 2, 2011
    Every chocolate lover has to stop here at least once. And get a cookie.. you will be happy you did.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WillenOctober 5, 2013
    Pick up the paper menu in the front, scan in the code from the back of it with your smart phone, & show the cashier to get 10% off orders
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsSeptember 23, 2013
    Try the Caramel Sundae - #kvpinmybelly : Sweet #TGIF treat with my hubby. Also, another reason why I need to go to boot camp!!! #feeldaburn
  • Rafunzel F.
    Rafunzel FoltzJuly 8, 2013
    Try the golden gate. Ghirardelli version of a banana split with vanilla/pineapple, strawberry and chocolate.
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LocknerNovember 4, 2015
    Always a great place to visit. The ice cream never fails to make me happy and end many a visit to the city.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 28, 2013
    Mmmm CHOCOLATE♥ yum!! Believe me If you have a sweet tooth, this is heaven. super fun place :)
  • Edgar L.
    Edgar L.July 9, 2013
    Sit closer to the front or downstairs if you can...or else you may get your ice cream late and a bit melted =(
  • Kirk W.
    Kirk WonFebruary 7, 2010
    The drinking chocolate is worth it. Nice and rich compared to just hot chocolate. And it comes with biscotti.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PolstonJuly 3, 2015
    Ice cream sundaes. They r huge. We went a couple of days and had different ones.Sal were good choices.
  • Jesus D.
    Jesus DominguezAugust 24, 2013
    Be sure to know what to order even if there's a long line, it does goes very fast... your order not so much
  • Alp T.
    Alp TurgutDecember 15, 2013
    If you choose chocolate chips ice cream with milk hot fudge, you won't be disappointed.
  • Rafunzel F.
    Rafunzel FoltzJuly 8, 2013
    The treasure island is basically a warm brownie and vanilla goodness.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SiJuly 5, 2010
    Try the Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa. I've never had it before...so it made for a very unique drink.
  • Anje L.
    Anje LitleJune 14, 2014
    Hot Cocoa is wonderful! A must try......even thought you may have to stand in line forever!
  • Di
    DiFebruary 13, 2012
    Its packed for a reason; the sundae is delicious, so be open to sitting with strangers!
  • FreezeCrowd
    FreezeCrowdNovember 14, 2011
    The Presidio Passion is a delicious treat to try. If you parked, you can get a voucher.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FiskSeptember 21, 2014
    Find seating outside the front door where round wooden tables are on brick patio. Inside is too hot and stuffy.
  • Binky B.
    Binky BearMay 28, 2013
    Be careful not to leave personal items on the table... It gets messy! :)
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    Ghiradelli Square hosts a huge Chocolate Festival every September. Learn how to make chocolate or join a sundae-eating contest!Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more
  • Cale J.
    Cale JrAugust 21, 2014
    Sundaes are good but the ratio of ice cream to fudge/sauce is off, ends up as soup with giant blobs at the bottom in like 2 seconds
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