Shops of all kinds, places to drink and eat, from cafe mocha to fine dining, wading in the bay, picnicking on the grass or sand, listening to the sounds of local musicians, all this is offered at the Ferrylanding Market Place.
This is a rather touristy place I admit. Get off the Ferry and you're smack dab in the clutches of this trap!
However, is it a trap? Are you stuck here with nothing but cheap souvenirs and expensive restaurants? No!
Stuck here? Not really. Rent a bike and ride the full width and length of the Island to see anything you'd like. It won't take long to get around.
Cheap souvenirs? Well, maybe a few, but also there are specialty shops that offer things not found in the discount stores or department type stores. A collection of English and Scottish items can be found in one shop as well as samples of genuine American-Indian music and art in another shop. Some interesting art galleries are located here too.
Expensive restaurants? Well, yes, a few. However they are worth the expenditure IMO. Keep in mind that there are other choices that won't deplet the pocket-book. You could even walk across the street to the grocery store and pick up something for a nice picnic, walk back and sit on the grass or sand to enjoy the sun, ocean breeze and the activity on the Bay.
Go to a pier on Coronado Island - Ferrylanding dock built specifically to accommodate the loading and unloading of ferry passengers.
Admire the most beautiful view of San Diego.
The area around Ferrylanding dock is a lovely, clean, relaxing - just beautiful area.
What to do there? Eat in a few restaurants around, lie or sit on a grass and admire the beautiful skyline, Pacific bay, watch people etc.
From Linda (lmkluque):
Ferrylanding is the name of the area around the Ferrylanding Dock. Besides that which you mentioned, there are also stores in this area. These stores are mainly for tourists, and it is possible to rent bikes here also.
Thank you Linda!
Coronado doesn’t waste any time trying to relieve tourists of their dollars: day-trippers to the “island” walk off the ferry and almost directly into this cluster of shops and restaurants. I took a gander through here one morning after taking pictures of the bay from the beach, and found it to be largely geared to overpriced tchotchkes and sportswear with a couple of galleries thrown in for good measure. The central courtyard might be a good place for a cup of coffee and morning read of the paper - as I saw several locals doing - or ice cream while waiting for your boat back to the city. Restaurants ranged from a Burger King to a fancy, linen-tablecloth outfit bookending a pizzeria, BBQ joint and a couple of other middle-range options.
Of interest to more active visitors are a couple of bike/surrey/kayak rental shops for a pedal around town or a paddle in San Diego Bay. But like anything else on this end of Coronado, the star of the show is the panorama of the city skyline from any venue which provides it. No view? Get your dinner to go and nab a spot in Centennial Park for a picnic.
Handicap and stroller friendly; public restrooms on site; live music (see website)
~FERRY LANDING MARKET PLACE~
A place to go shopping in the small cute stores that
Also a nice little boardwalk with beautiful views of San Diego and Coronado bridge, especially at night.
Many restaurants nearby....
You can also take a Water Taxi over to the mainland- San Diego.
A bayfront specialty center of fine dining, specialty shops, art galleries, eateries and bike rentals. Located across San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego, Ferry Landing Marketplace is accessible by ferry and is set less than one mile from the picturesque Coronado Bridge. Enjoy a waterfront park, fishing pier, sandy beach, bayfront bike path and a family amusement center. Special events throughout the year include a Jazz Festival in June, Santa's arrival by ferry in December and an authentic Farmer's Market every Tuesday from 2:30 6:00 p.m.
We often go bike riding in Coronado. We like to ride bikes from the Hotel Del Coronado to the Ferry Landing, because there's a really nice bike path that goes along the bay and under the Coronado bridge. Then we get a huge pizza at the Ferry Landing and have a picnic, then ride our bikes back.
The Ferry Landing Market Place is located at the East Side of Coronado, Facing the Panoramic Skyline of San Diego and this Strip Mall has more then 20 shops, restaurants and bars and even a fresh organic market where you can shop, dine and have a drinks and buy fresh organic produce and even take a ferry to and from San Diego if you feel like it as the ferries shuttle to and from Coronado to San Diego and vice versa Every 30 minutes from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday and costs $ 4.25 one way and $ 8.50 round trip.
the shops here are open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm during fall and winter and up to 10:00 pm during summer and spring and the restaurants and bar closes much later.
according to their website:
Whether you come by car, boat or aboard the San Diego Bay Ferry, Coronado Ferry Landing is the perfect place for your day trip! Located in the City of Coronado, you'll discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and casual eateries surrounded by swaying palms, waterfalls and Coronado's best skyline view of downtown San Diego.
Stroll through more than twenty eclectic shops including imports, memorabilia, seashells, men’s sportswear, fine art, women’s clothing and shoes, stationery and many other gift ideas! There is something for everyone and every budget and every occasion.
Enjoy exquisite fine dining at one of our three premier waterfront restaurants. Romantic, birthday, anniversary or business celebrations have never been more special. Savor seafood at newly remodeled Peohe's. Or enjoy Candelas on the Bay’s exquisite French/Mexican fusion cuisine or indulge a night out on the town and experience the tastes of Italy at fabulous Il Fornaio!