San Francisco Vacation: Ghirardelli

The Ghirardelli Square is another tourist attraction located at the far eastern side of the Fishermans Wharf. We were only interested in visiting the Gihrardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. Suanne and I had fond memories of eating Ghirardelli’s icre-cream sundaes here in freezing temperatures. Back then, we had icre-cream only when the weather is hot — not so these days.


We got free chocolates by just walking into Ghirardelli … and it is not just any cheap types but the real stuff from the popular inventory.


The place was busy when we got there. The was a queue that goes right out of the door. We had no idea of what we wanted to order and the menu were not much of a help because everything looked so good.

We placed our order at the counter, paid for them and then given a number.


We had to find a table ourselves. It’s a bit chaotic actually. The tables were arranged so tightly to each other that moving around is difficult. And because there are so many people, we had to quickly grab a table once one comes free … even before they clean the sticky chocolates and ice-cream from the tables.


We ordered two ice-cream sundaes. And boy, they looked every bit decadent as it looked on their menu.


The Butterscotch Fudge Sundae is our favourite. It has a scoop of premium butter pecan ice cream smoothered with butterscotch sauce and almond nuggets. And then there is the hot fudge sauce and topped with whipped cream and almonds. So rich … so sweet … we had to wash this down with water!


Their classical sundae is simply called the World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae. It’s simple concoction of vanilla ice cream and lots of hot fudge sauce … and again topped with whipped cream and chopped almonds. They are so unbelievably rich … absolutely heavenly.


They do make the chocolates on site too. We did not spend time reading over the entire process as we had to head back to catch the train back to the hotel.


If you are in the Fishermans Wharf and even if you don’t buy any chocolates, you MUST come here and try their sundaes. I am quite sure this will leave a lasting memory on you.

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  1. Mansi

    I’m so enjoying reading this SF series:) And I love Giradelli!!Great pics…I just linked to you on my blog!!


  2. gigi

    I’m drooling just looking at your pictures! I remember when there used to be a Ghiradelli’s on Robson St in Vancouver…I was so sad when it closed down!

  3. Chubbypanda

    My favorite for a while was a sundae with blueberries and cheesecake chunks. I wonder if they still have it.

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