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Rental one of our bikes and venture of on a DIY Tour/Picnic at the Ferry Building San Francisco.  

Exploring San Francisco by bike is one of the best ways of discovering the city like a local. Even though all of our tour guides are locals and can lead you around the city, sometimes you just want to choose-your-own-adventure. That’s why we like to share DIY San Francisco Tours, as well as offer our 24-hour bike rentals to tourists.

One area that we recommend tourist visit is the Ferry Building San Francisco. This SF famous building is home to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market – a California certified farmers market operated by the nonprofit Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. It is filled with local artisans and delicious local favorite food and it is a great spot to explore with our rental bikes. 

Skip searching for restaurants near the Ferry Building and do yourself a favor and make time to for a DIY Ferry Building food tour on your next visit to San Francisco. Having a food tour in the Ferry Building will allow you to get a sample of the delicious local Bay Area cuisine.

Follow this DIY Tour and have your self a wonderful Ferry Building picnic.

DIY San Francisco Ferry Building Food Tour

Sourdough From Acme Bread

Ferry building sf - Fresh sourdough bread from Acme Bread

Enjoy fresh bread from Acme, a classic Ferry Building bakery.

Start your ferry building tour with a stop at Acme Bread Company. This Ferry Building bakery has been served at some of our favorite restaurants around town since 1983. At the Ferry Building, you can taste Acme Bread fresh from the oven. 

Acme might not have invented sourdough bread, but their sourdough is one of the most talked about bread in the city. 

You can grab a fresh baguette here or have them make a sandwich with it.

Cheese From Cowgirl Creamery 

Ferry building food tour - Cheese from Cowgirl Creamery

Add some of the best cheese in the Bay Area made by Cowgirl Creamery to you Ferry Building food tour.

Next, on your ferry building tour, stop for something creamy. Enjoy one of the best local cheese companies in the Bay Area, Cowgirl Creamery. Their Mt. Tam cheese is a staple for many SF locals and is used in the Muir Woods Cafe‘s famous Marin Melt Grilled Cheese. This creamy, spreadable cheese is perfect for a picnic and is a must sample on every San Francisco Ferry Building tour. 

Jam From Frog Hollow Farm

Ferry building san francisco - Frog Hollow Farm Jam

Another classic Ferry Building SF item is Frog Hollow Farm’s tasty jams.

The next item we recommend you grab on your Ferry Building farmers market tour is some farm-to-ferry jams and marmalade made by Frog Hollow Farm. These jams come from their 143-acre farm about an hour outside of San Francisco. These local farmers have been making organic products since 1989.  

Rotisserie Chicken From Golden Gate Meat Company 

Ferry building farmers market-  Chicken from Golden Gate Meat Company

Get your protein by indulging in this delicious Ferry Building San Francisco chicken.

While you explore the Ferry Building SF make sure to stop at the Golden Gate Meat Company for some hot, fresh, and organic rotisserie chicken. This company has been one of San Francisco’s favorite butchers since 1977. The hot sandwiches from their deli are also delicious. 

Dessert From Miette Patiesserie

cakes and desserts from the ferry building San Francisco

Pick up some sweet treats on your DIY San Francisco food tour

Don’t forget to pick up some sweet treats. Pick up some of our favorite desserts from one of Conde Nast’s top pastry shops in the world, San Francisco’s very own Miette Patiesserie.

If you need a little more dessert on your DIY San Francisco Tour, you can also hop over to Dandelion Chocolate. They have flights of dessert so that you can sample a little bit of everything. 

The Perfect Picnic Location

Enjoy a ferry building tour and then ride to Alamo Square and the painted ladies

Enjoy your picnic at Alamo Square.

After packing your picnic, you can hit the streets of San Francisco to find the perfect park to enjoy it. We think the Painted Ladies aka the Full House house at Alamo Square makes for the ideal backdrop to enjoy your DIY Ferry Building San Francisco picnic.

We’ve mapped out our favorite route from our Dylan’s Tours bike shop to the Ferry Building and up to Alamo Square so you can enjoy the fantastic views of the downtown skyline as you indulge in all of the tasty food you picked up from the Ferry Building.

DIY San Francisco Bike tour, picnic and a couple at the golden gate bridge

Pair your bike rental with a DIY tour of the Ferry Building in San Francisco for a fun adventure.

Ferry Building San Francisco Infomation

Ferry Building Hours: 

Monday-Friday 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday 8 am – 6 pm

Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Farms Market Hours: 

Tuesday, 10 am – 2 pm (year round)

Thursday, 10 am – 2 pm (year round)

Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm (year round)


Within a couple of blocks, there are a few affordable options for parking near the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building also offers valet parking Monday thru Friday from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Attendants are at the north side curb by Gott’s.

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