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.
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