What are the best markets in San Francisco?

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Well in the East Bay, we also have a place called Market Hall. It's over in Rockridge, which is just sort of in the Berkeley area. Oliveto's is there — the restaurant that Paul Bertolli made so famous. It's a great pasta shop, cheese shop, wine shop and the specialty stuff. They just have a lot of fun stuff. There's a little bakery, too. I like that one.

Kimberley Lovato

To Market! To Market!  It's a popular thing to do in San Francisco, and with good reason! Local produce, farm fresh meat, and a lively communal atmosphere are just a few. Drop in and see for yourself.


The Ferry Plaza Market celebrates 20 years this May and is run by CUESA – Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. The Market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from 8am- 2pm,  the weekend edition being much larger and more lively. The market is a top destination for visitors and locals.

The Heart of the City Farmers' Market is held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and begins at 7am. This farmer-run non-profit farmers market is located in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza and was created over thirty years ago to bring affordably priced produce from small local farms to the heart of the city.  

The Alemany Farmers Market (100 Alemany Blvd.) is the oldest in the Bay Area, started in the 1940s by long time resident and John Brucato. It offers some of the lowest farmers' market prices in the Bay Area as well as specialty items specific to Asian cuisine. From 6am to 3pm Saturdays.

The Noe Valley Farmers' Market (24th Street between Vicksburg and Sanchez) is held every Saturday, year round, and is run by members of the community to support the farmers, merchants and neighbors. A real sense of community is pervasive.

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