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Best Place to Sit and Do Nothing San Francisco 2003 - Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point (at Polk)

OK, so maybe you're with someone who wants to shop, or you're not above a little shopping yourself. Or maybe you just want to sip a latte and be entertained by the passing parade of humanity (including droves of tourists) that finds its way to the one-time headquarters of Domingo Ghirardelli's chocolate empire (lest we forget, the famous chocolate is made across the bay in San Leandro). Whether you're just gazing at your navel, or the bay below, you'll find the square's breezy plazas (including our favorite, the one with the mermaid fountain designed by Ruth Asawa) ideal.

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