Ghirardelli Square is a historic San Francisco destination, offering shopping, art galleries, family events, walking tours and more. Steeped in the history of the Ghirardelli chocolate family, dating back to the mid-1800s, Ghirardelli Square was the original site of the family’s chocolate, cocoa, mustard, and box factories. Today, it is a popular destination for visitors and Bay Area residents who desire a unique shopping and dining experience. As one of the first successful mixed-use redevelopment projects in the United States, Ghirardelli Square has been a San Francisco landmark for more than 100 years and to ensure its preservation for future generations, the Square was granted National Historic Register status in 1982. Fairmont Heritage Place opened in 2008 and was Fairmont’s first urban private residence.