Ghirardelli Square, in partnership with Lagunitas, has been transformed into a pop-up beer garden for summer 2016. The tourist-heavy Fisherman's Wharf destination is strictly serving up Lagunitas brews and hosting live music sessions. Thankfully outside food is welcome, so you can bring in that hot fudge sundae you've been thinking about.
Coming off a fresh remodel designed by the same SF-based team behind the Apple retail stores, the classic Ghirardelli Chocolate store has been renamed the Ghirardelli Chocolate Experience. It’s an open-concept design where patrons can see employees making chocolate bars and roasting nuts behind a round blue-tiled counter, as well as fudge sauce and waffle cones by hand in the ice cream sundae section of the store. The addition of huge windows along the original exposed brick gives the sundae side a ton of daylight and a view of Alcatraz, for an odd, yet somehow still appealing, ice cream-prison pairing. The Original Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop and Ghirardelli On-The-Go will also undergo remodels, to be completed by 2024.