Night Photography Online Class September 12 to 16 - Sign Up Now

SF Art Market

Home | Location and Attractions | Getting To The Market | San Francisco Travel Guides

Like on Facebook | Follow on Twitter

Welcome to San Francisco!

At the foot of Market Street, across from the San Francisco Ferry Building, in the middle of Justin Herman Plaza, is the SF Art Market. It's a diverse group of local artists and craft makers selling amazing products and gifts each day.

It's also the best place to start the day when you visit San Francisco. Enjoy beautiful Justin Herman Plaza and make it your base camp as you explore The City.

Our Location and Surrounding Attractions

The SF Art Market is located at Justin Herman Plaza, at Market St and Steuart St, in San Francisco. We are situated between the beginning of Market Street and the historic Ferry Building across the Embarcadero. The Embarcadero Center is right next door and we're just a short walk or streetcar ride from Fisherman's Wharf.

Many visitors start their day at the SF Art Market with a bit of shopping and lunch at the Embarcadero Center or the San Francisco Ferry Building. Then a walk to the Wharf with a stop at the Exploratorium. Finally a ride on the Cable Cars to Union Square and a streetcar ride back to the SF Art Market!

Embarcadero Center

Just steps from the SF Art Market you'll find the Embarcadero Center. Consisting of four skyscrapers, a multi-level mall and the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it's a great place for shopping and dining.

One of our favorite lunch destinations is right on the ground floor just steps from the SF Art Market. It's the world famous Boudin sourdough bread company with sandwiches, cookies, clam chowder bread bowls and amazing salads (you've probably heard of it!).

San Francisco Ferry Building

Across the street is the Ferry Building. It's a beautiful historic structure that has been transformed into an artisan food market celebrating locally produced products.

You'll find wonderful produce, sweets, a Peet's Coffee, Stonehouse olive oil and artisan treats at the Ferry Building. There are also several excellent restaurants including Gott's, Market Bar and the the famous Slanted Door Vietnamese restaurant that's the talk of the town.

Don't worry, there's a Starbucks Coffee just past the North door of the Ferry Building, too.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays the Ferry Building hosts the best Farmers Markets in Northern California. It's not to be missed.

The Exploratorium

Another world famous attraction -- located between the Ferry Building and Fisherman's Wharf -- is the Exploratorium. This is the premiere science and exploration museum for kids and adults, too.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular destinations in San Francisco! It's just up the Embarcadero from the SF Art Market and the Ferry Building. In fact it's just a 20 minute walk or a quick streetcar ride.

If you'd like to take the streetcar you may board from the platform right between the SF Art Market and the Ferry Building. Hold on to the ticket since it's good for 90 minutes (it's also how you show fare inspectors that you've paid!).

Attractions at Fisherman's Wharf include Pier 39, The Bay Aquarium, Aquatic Park, Fort Mason and the starting points of the Mason and Hyde Cable Car lines.

You can even take a tour of the Wharf on a Segway! The Segway tour tickets are available online.

If you're planning now for a future trip there's also the San Francisco CityPASS which includes tickets to the Aquarium, a Bay Cruise, more attractions and unlimited Cable Car rides.

Cable Cars and Streetcars

Start or finish off your day with a ride on the famous San Francisco Cable Cars and the historic Streetcars.

Today there are three Cable Car lines, but in the past there were dozens of lines that served the entire city.

Of course you can grab up some fun Cable Car models and souvenirs, too.

When you ride the Cable Cars we recommend a day pass so you can ride all of the SF Muni lines without paying extra for Cable Car transfers. A day pass is about $18 for unlimited rides versus $14 for a roundtrip Cable Car ride. Or buy the San Francisco CityPASS ahead of time for unlimited Cable Car rides and attractions.

Union Square

Union Square is a high-end shopping district about a mile from the SF Art Market. It's a pleasant 20 minute walk up Market St, or take the streetcar or Muni subway (Powell St Station).

You'll find retailers like Apple, Sephora, Nordstrom and DSW at Union Square.

You'll also find hotels, theaters and restaurants (there's even a Cheesecake Factory).

Getting To The SF Art Market

You may reach the SF Art Market via San Francisco Muni, BART or Ferry.

We are one block East of the Embarcadero Muni/BART subway station which is served by Muni lines J, K, L, M, N and T and all BART lines that run through San Francisco.

On the street level Muni lines 2, 6, 14, 21 and 31 provide direct service -- look for buses with "Ferry Plaza" as their destination. The historic F line streetcars and the recently opened historic E line streetcars stop on the Embarcadero at our market. The California Street Cable Car line stops one block away.

Ferry service arrives at the Ferry Building across the Embarcadero from our market. Ferries run from Sausalito, Larkspur, Oakland, Alameda and Vallejo. Ferry boats have a long and proud history on San Francisco Bay and today's ferries offer breathtaking views and water access right from the Ferry Building at the SF Art Market location.

Drivers will find parking at several garages within a four block radius from our market.

If you're planning ahead for your SF trip, we like this super handy laminated map to bring along. It's always good to have a real map just in case your phone data doesn't work right or your battery runs out.

Featured Vendors

Teahouse Glass

Beautiful one of a kind handmade glass. Jewelry: necklaces, bracelets and more. Born for color.

Swirl of Color

Swirl of Color - Bohemian Jewelry and Gifts. Located in San Francisco. Shop online now, designs are in-stock and ship in 1 business day.

John Tunui

Watercolor artist and author John Tunui. Click to see his new novel, now available.

Dana Boyko Fused Glass Creations

For the past 13 years I have focused on the art of creating handcrafted glass nighlights and colorful jewelry designs combined with quality sterling silver. You may stop by my booth in San Francisco any Saturday weather permitting or you may visit my online Etsy boutique. If you have a special request please feel free to reach out!

Email: Phone: 415-215-7422.


We are ceramic artists. Our work is individually made out of clay then glazed and fired in our studio in Northern California.

We started our business in 1974 as San Francisco Street Artists. Soon after we got a license to sell in Berkeley on Telegraph Avenue. Over time we branched out to sell at Art Festivals and markets throughout California and beyond.

Jill Gustafson A Thousand Words Photography

Michael Addario Fine Art Photography

Originally from the east coast, I now make the San Francisco bay area my home. I use different mediums and techniques from Polaroids to Panoramic images. I do commercial and personal work both commission and non-commission, but I mainly enjoy when people buy my art to show and appreciate in their home or workplace.

Lucinda Page Designs

Lucinda Page, a Bay Area artist, has been producing jewelry for over 20 years. In her jewelry, Lucinda uses mixed metals of pewter, copper and bronze, and various textured, oxidized, lacquered, etched, and brushed finishes. She ornaments pieces with precious and semi-precious stones, glass nuggets, and pearls. She also makes earrings and pendants of cast pewter and 24 karat gold vermeil.

Her organic designs have a timeless, archetypal beauty. While wearing Lucinda’s jewelry, women feel special, confident, vibrant, spiritual, beautiful and luxurious. Women see her work as different and unique.

Lucinda has earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and pins to enhance any woman in any outfit. She sells her jewelry at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco on Saturdays.

The Wood Elfin's Workshop

I have been working with wood in one form or another for quite some time but discovered the lathe fairly recently and fell in love with what can be done with it. I have found the joy of creating beautiful bowls, peppermills and many more items.

Steampunk Garage

Where Hardware Meets Fashion. Unique handmade chainmaille jewelry designs by Jenifer Matinez and The Amazing Stan.

Studio Chiyori Art and Jewelry

Studio Chiyori represents the inspirational art work of artist Chiyori Filion and her amazing meditative abstract creations. The journey of discovery that we all share is captured in Chiyori’s art and shared with everyone through her studio store.

Chiyori’s jewelry represents an extension of her meditative work and captures the colors of the celestial wheel of life. If archeology is the door to our collective social past, then art is the window to our collective souls.

Diana Samuelson

Puppets crocheted with natural fibers, original designs. Phone: 415-305-1107.

I love turning trash into treasure. This line of jewelry is colorful, fun and good for the environment. If you are a Starbucks card collector this is the perfect way to wear your collection....and if you are not a collector you will be charmed by the colorful and whimsical images in this unique line of jewelry.

Jax Hatz

Jax put herself through art school in San Francisco where she learned about color and design, all the while designing and dreaming of hatz. She became a Visual Merchandiser (window trimmer) for the Emporium until its untimely demise in 1996, which left her career in limbo. This is where she likes to say that fate and destiny intervened. At a friend's urging and insistence that she should be selling her hatz and armed with the knowledge that enthusiasm and a creative spirit could probably make up for her lack of business acumen, she launched Jax Hatz.

Linda Pedersen


Great Coats

Greatcoats is a family business located in Berkeley, California. We've made the coats for twelve years and sell them through street fairs and art shows throughout the western United States. A fusion of fashion and function, the coats are lightweight, warm, washable and made to last.

Lee Wolfe

Graffiti Photos from around the world.

Katie Carrin

I have fond memories of beachcombing as a child with my grandfather who took me camping along the Northern California Coast. He would spend hours with me on the beach while I collected sea glass and sea shells.

Since then, I have traveled to many places around the world collecting sea glass for my jewelry designs. The most beautiful sea glass that I have found comes from a beach on the North Sea in England and is the focal point in my unique line of genuine sea glass, pearl and gemstone jewelry. I use a rainbow of sea glass colors in my necklace and earring designs including rare reds, oranges and multi-colored pieces. To see my beautiful creations, please visit my website.


Multifunctional, changeable, meditative, wire toy, jewelry holder and much more for you to create. "Open your eyes to the beauty of life" and play "MANDALA." Phone: 415-775-1797. Email:

Astrid and Christian

We have been involved in the Arts long before we moved to the Bay Area in the 80's. Our approaches have been non-traditional, our conception has become unique. Our goal is to give something different, special. A signature in itself.

We experimented with many mediums until we found what fit best to accomplish our creations. Copper, sterling silver, glass and stones are our basics, but our minds don't restrict to those materials. We start by cutting, twisting, torching and shaping all the components necessary. We then proceed with the soldering to obtain the final shape. Details prevail in our work, forms are important.

Thanks For Your Support! Share This Page Now!

Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Tumblr

Vendors are licensed by the San Francisco Arts Commission; contact them directly for vending requirements. This site is not affiliated with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the City and County of San Francisco or any other organizations. Vendors may be removed when inactive or at the discretion of the site owner. Site owner reserves the right to accept or reject any and all contributions and/or listings. All content is under copyright, all rights reserved.

SF Art Market is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sit es to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Privacy Policy Affliate Disclosure

[ 0- 9 9 ]