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Completed in 1898, the Ferry Building was, in its heyday, a travel hub serving as many as 50,000 people a day. After the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge opened in the late 1930s, however, cars quickly replaced ferries as the preferred mode of transport. It would take until 2003 for the building and its iconic clock tower be opened to the public once more, after a four-year renovation that reimagined its ground floor as an epicurean marketplace. Conveniently located at the foot of Market Street, this shrine to gourmet living features shops and restaurants and high-end take-out eateries run by popular local food vendors. Fresh-baked bread, exotic mushrooms, fancy chocolates, killer hamburgers, and the best Vietnamese fast food you’ll ever have—it’s all here. A thrice-weekly farmers’ market (Tues and Thurs 10am–2pm; Sat 8am–2pm) surrounding the building is one of the city’s best local scenes, where everyone from chefs to hungry diners converge to load up on fresh produce for the week, not to mention indulging in everything from Korean tacos to Arab street food to freshly made pies and pastries.