Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ghirardelli Square

First stop on the trip was to Ghirardelli Square! Totally unplanned, we just happened to walk by and I said you can't refuse me a trip there! In San Francisco's normal nature, it was cloudy...this picture would be amazing if it was sunny!  But who doesn't love a little Ghirardelli?

From Wikipedia:

Ghirardelli Square is a landmark with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San FranciscoCalifornia. A portion of the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Pioneer Woolen Mills and D. Ghirardelli Company. Ghirardelli Square once featured over 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Some of the original shops and restaurants still occupy the square. 
Ghirardelli Square is undergoing an extensive renovation. Many of the specialty shops have closed or moved to other locations (inside or outside the square). In the main plaza there are new shops and restaurants.  
In 1893, Domingo Ghirardelli purchased the entire city block in order to make it into the headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. In the early 1960s, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company was bought by the Golden Grain Macaroni Company which moved the headquarters off-site to San Leandro and put the square up for sale.

Anyways, it was fun to walk around the area and eat CHOCOLATE!!!!! I got a scoop of chocolate ice cream and two free squares!  The area hosts a lot of events, including wine tastings, chocolate festivals, and more!
Just one shelf in one out of three stores!

Mmmmm...this is my scoop of heaven!

Me in front of one of the stores

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