Friday, August 29, 2008

Fisherman's Wharf's Chocolate Mecca

Ghirardelli Square at Fisherman's Wharf has been home turf for renowned chocolatier, Ghirardelli, since its founding, in 1852. The square is actually a collection of buildings that host numerous food and beverage venues, from the classic Lori's Diner to Cellar360, the ultimate wine retailer, and McCormick and Kuleto's, with its Crabcake Lounge overlooking San Francisco Bay. There are also cupcakes, an Irish pub and several other vendors. And, with the recent addition of Fairmont Heritage Place, the Square has added a luxury private residence club too.

But chocolate still rules at Ghirardelli Square. Of the more than four million people who visit each year many stop to indulge at Ghirardelli, where enormous palettes of new products fill the adjacent sidewalk each morning before most people have had a cup of coffee. Chocolate lovers, young and old, feast on signature squares of filled milk and dark chocolate, savor slices of decadent flourless mocha torte, or chase away a chill with rich hot chocolate - all where this sweet legend began.

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