Ghirardelli Square is a historic San Francisco destination, offering shopping San Francisco style, waterfront dining near Fisherman's Wharf, art galleries, family events, walking tours and more. Find out why Ghirardelli one of San Francisco locals' favorite fun things to do in San Francisco and why San Francisco visitors love Ghirardelli Square! As the first successful mixed-use redevelopment project in the country, Ghirardelli Square has been a San Francisco landmark for more than 30 years. It officially opened as a multi-level restaurant and retail destination on November 29, 1964. Filled with history of the Ghirardelli chocolate family dating back to the mid-1800s, Ghirardelli Square was the original site of the family's chocolate, cocoa, mustard and box factories as well as home to many of its employees. Its concept and design pioneered a restoration movement around the country and served as a model for Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Harbor Place in Baltimore. Today, Ghirardelli Square is a popular destination for visitors and Bay Area residents who want a unique shopping and dining experience. Always striving to stay ahead of trends, Ghirardelli Square continues to update its merchant mix with new, one-of-a-kind shops and culinary experts from around the world.