San Francisco Ferry Building

Marla Bakery is one of the new tenants in the arcade section of the Ferry Building.

It’s been awhile since I’ve wandered the San Francisco Ferry Building, so I was surprised to find some new offerings along the front arcade in a row of outdoor kiosks.

The five purveyors apparently popped up over the last three months and include Dandelion Chocolate, Blue Bottle, Marla Bakery, Fort Point Beer Co., and SOW Juice. Blue Bottle actually has a larger store inside the Ferry Building in the main concourse, but they always have such a long line that the Ferry Building probably wanted to spread out the crowds.

I was especially excited to see Marla Bakery, a restaurant/bakery in San Francisco’s outer Richmond neighborhood. The Ferry Building is closer for me to get to, so I was able to try its baked goods, such as its version of the en vogue kouign amann. Marla’s version looks similar to ones made in the Bay Area but is more dense and cake-like in the center and then airy and croissant-like on top. (I’ve read that this style is actually more like the traditional French presentation than the general croissant-like versions popular here.) It was a nice balance of sticky caramelized sweetness at top and bottom.

Pastries are also served up at Dandelion along with its chocolates, and there’s consistently a line at that booth. I’m curious about the idea of Fort Point Beer Co., which seemed quiet the few times I’ve walked by. Maybe when the weather is nicer it’ll seem more like the mini beer garden that it’s trying to achieve.

For now, it’s nice seeing the additional offerings — and outdoor seating — that’s been added to the northend arcade. It’s a pleasant escape from the bustling crowds inside.

Even outside there's a line for the Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk.

Even outside there’s a line for the Blue Bottle Coffee kiosk.

Blue Bottle window

Blue Bottle window

Fort Point Beer Co. is a small San Francisco brew.

Fort Point Beer Co. is a small San Francisco brew.

Beer can art is the mini "beer garden" section of Fort Point.

Beer can art in the mini “beer garden” section of Fort Point.

Dandelion Chocolate is the first kiosk in the new arcade section.

Dandelion Chocolate is the first kiosk in the new arcade section.

Marla Bakery window

Marla Bakery window

Close up of some of the pastries for sale at Marla Bakery.

Close up of some of the pastries for sale at Marla Bakery.

Enjoying a kouign amann in Marla Bakery's seating area.

Enjoying a kouign amann in Marla Bakery’s seating area.

 

4 Responses to Coffee, Juice, Beer, Chocolates + Baked Goods Offered in the Ferry Building’s New Arcade Row

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    So glad to see Marla Bakery there. I can’t wait to try its kouign-amann. You know how crazed I am lately about that specialty pastry. 😉

  2. Thuy says:

    You HAVE to try Blue Bottle’s waffle. Worth every minute when I wait in that line.