Finest Open-Air Markets to Visit in San Francisco

Accommodations at The Jay, strategically positioned in positioned in the Embarcadero District and adjacent to Jackson Square, give you easy access to the city by the Bay’s top attractions. Those include a variety of delightful open-air markets selling everything from fresh farm produce to vintage treasures.

Here’s a look at several of the top open-air markets in San Francisco, yours to explore on a getaway at our boutique-luxe hotel in the heart of the Financial District.

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Only a few minutes away from The Jay, the year-round Ferry Plaza Farmers Market plays out three times a week at the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero and Market Street. Established 30 years ago, this market is run by Foodwise and operates from 10 AM to 2 PM in its smaller Tuesday and Thursday mode, and from 8 AM to 2 PM as the big Saturday market that draws more than 100 vendors.

A vast array of goods are available at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, from fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and seafood from regional producers to baked goods and prepared lunch and street-food eats. Current vendors here include, among many others:

  • Batter Bakery
  • Tomales Farmstead Creamery
  • Lucero Organic Farms
  • H&H Fresh Fish Co.
  • Chinchiolo Family Farms & Far West Cider Co.
  • McGinnis Ranch
  • Mill Valley Pasta Co.
  • Kashiwase Farms
  • Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co.

The Alemany Farmers Market & Alemany Flea Market

Among three open-air markets operated by the City of San Francisco, the Alemany Farmers Market at 100 Alemany Blvd. opened as the very first official farmers market in the Golden State way back in 1943. This “People’s Market,” as it’s often called, takes place from 7 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays.

The city also runs the Alemany Flea Market here on Sundays from 7 AM to 3 PM. Explore an enticing lineup of antiques, clothing, jewelry, furniture, collectibles, toys, music, and more!

The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market & Fulton Plaza Gift Gallery

Fulton Plaza hosts the year-round, independent, and farmer-operated Heart of the City Farmers’ Market on Sundays and Wednesdays from 7 AM to 4 PM. It’s been going strong since 1981.

On Thursdays and Fridays, meanwhile, you can find vintage goods, arts-and-crafts, garments, antiques, and other goods at the city-run Fulton Plaza Gift Gallery, underway 9 AM to 6 PM from March to October and from 9 AM to 5 PM November through April.

Take in San Francisco’s Open-Air Markets on a Getaway at The Jay

We’ve only highlighted some of the fine open-air markets San Francisco offers its residents and visitors alike. Shop for everything from organic vegetables and pastries to hard-to-find vinyls and heirloom furniture during your stay in the the Embarcadero District at The Jay!