Pack a picnic with food from the Ferry Building Marketplace

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Buy everything you need for a picnic at the same place the ferry launches. The ferry building doubles as a gourmet marketplace and showcases the very best of California cuisine.

Pack some triple-cream Red Hawk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop, oysters from Hog Island Oyster Company, mushrooms from Far West Fungi and fruit from the year-round farmers market. Stop by the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant to round out your meal.

Work up a sweat climbing to the highest point on the island and eat lunch while gazing across the water at the city. On your way home, you can take the direct route via ferry, or opt for a cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun sets.

The hills, fog and salt air of San Francisco have a way of building your appetite, so it may be time to eat again as soon as you step off the boat. It's time to head across town and out toward Ocean Beach.