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The Locals' Guide to Spending the Summer in Ghirardelli Square

If you think Ghirardelli Square is just for out-of-town visitors, think again. Whether you go to sip Wattle Creek Winery's delicious chardonnay in the sun, or simply stop by to take in some live music outdoors, Ghirardelli Square is a well-kept secret spot where locals can have a total blast–especially in the summer months!

For a gorgeous day by the water, park yourself outdoors in the Square's courtyard–it's an amazing gathering spot and place to people watch while you enjoy all the shops and restaurants Ghirardelli is known for.

Click through the slideshow above to get a taste of how to indulge during a day and night on the Bay. Some of our picks include fuelling up with breakfast at local favorite, Lori's Diner, treating yourself to a world-famous sundae at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, feasting on a juicy burger from The Pub, or having an intimate, special dinner with your sweetheart at McCormick & Kuleto's.

Be sure to also go on a shopping spree for yourself at the hip Gigi + Rose, for your children at Lola of North Beach, or for your pup at Yap, USA. There is all this and more waiting for your at Ghirardelli Square!

900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA

Photos by Rob Prideaux