The chocolate lovers in your family will enjoy the soda fountain treats, shakes and sundaes, which are more than big enough to share. Otherwise, you'll find a small shopping area and a couple of restaurants.
Pros and ConsA trip to Ghirardelli could easily overload the kids' energy meter, but it's also a fun place for a sweet vacation treat. To bring the bouncing-off-the-walls level back down to normal, head for the park just down the hill or hike up Hyde to the top of Lombard Street and back down again.
If you aren't interested in the chocolate or the restaurants, there's not much here that you can't find somewhere else.
More about Ghirardelli SquareGo in depth about Ghirardelli Square and what's nearby.
See where it is on a map. It's the medium-blue balloon with a black dot.