San Francisco Hotel near Ghirardelli Square
Just a two minute stroll from the doors of the Kimpton Alton, you'll find San Francisco's iconic Ghirardelli Square. It's home to crowd-pleasing soda fountains and massive ice cream sundaes – but you'll also find so much more than dessert. Established in the 1800s by the Ghirardelli family, the once (only a) chocolate factory turned square now houses a variety of boutique shops and restaurants. With its red-brick architecture, iconic sign, and views of the San Francisco Bay, Ghirardelli Square offers visitors a charming and energetic atmosphere that seamlessly combines history, shopping, and culinary delights.
Sweet Ghirardelli History
A piece of San Francisco history, Ghirardelli Square is considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country. Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory was started more than a century ago by Italian immigrant Domenico Ghirardelli, and it's the longest continuously running chocolatier in the country. Today's Ghirardelli Square is home to a lively mix of dining, boutique shops, arts experiences, and classic San Francisco views that honor its storied history.
Visiting Ghiradelli Square Today
Fuel up on modern Cantonese fare and dim sum at Palette Tea House or dig into craveworthy Detroit-style pizza at Square Pie Guys. Stop by Gigi + Rose, a whimsical Ghirardelli Square shop, to find the perfect gift. Visiting near a holiday or special occasion? Make sure to check current events to see which festivities beckon you to Ghirardelli Square. Your gateway to Fisherman's Wharf and beyond, Ghirardelli Square is the perfect celebratory stop after checking into the Kimpton Hotel Alton – or the sweetest top-off after a weekend in the city.