The hiking book: none
The distance: 3 miles
The CityGirls rating:

This one is really less of a hike and more of a “walk a bit, eat yummy things, walk back.” But it’s our favorite walk in the city and one of our favorite things to do, so we thought we’d share it with you.

The Embarcadero

Most Saturdays, we walk from home down the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building and its (overly posh, touristy, but still pretty awesome) farmers’ market.

There’s something special about walking down the southern part of the Embarcadero, with the Bay to one side, the bridge overhead, and all the old piers. We know the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty much the icon of San Francisco, but our bridge is the Bay Bridge. The western span is really quite pretty, and it ends very close to where we live.

We walk under it on our way to the Ferry Building, and it’s pretty impressive from up close. So many cars barreling along at high speed way over our heads. And the supports are just massive.

And did we mention how pretty it is on a sunny day? Yeah, that pretty.

The Ferry Building and its Farmers’ Market

It may be a bit touristy, but we love the Ferry Building. Lots of fun foods and pretty pottery and a place called Tasty Salted Pig Parts that serves, well, the name says it all.

The Ferry Building is AM’s happy place. She likes to walk over there in the afternoon during the week to sit and read and eat a macaroon (the French kind), some cheese (from Cowgirl Creamery) or some gelatto. In fact, AM has a gelatto guy that likes to give her a discount on her gelatto and suggest new flavor combinations.

On Saturdays, the Ferry Building plays host to a farmers’ market and huge crowds. It’s a really fun farmers’ market, with lots of prepared foods like olive oils, cheese and sauerkraut and lots of food cart sorts of stands with super yummy chilaquiles, smoked salmon sandwiches and roast chicken and potatoes.

We like to go most Saturdays to sample things and get brunch or lunch. Over the winter, we’ve been buying lots of oranges to bring home and make fresh-squeezed orange juice. And taste amazing sorbets. And buy bread from Acme Bread Co. And wish that the vegetables weren’t quite so overpriced. Ah well, this isn’t Madison (home of the best farmers’ market of all time). But it is a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.