Celebrating Food & Community: 1987–2017
In 1987, Rockridge Market Hall debuted as the Bay Area’s first European-style food market. Envisioned and built by the Wilson siblings, Peter, Tony and Sara, Rockridge Market Hall is recognizable for its unique architectural design as well as the eight individual shops open to the sidewalk.
The bustling cornerstone of the Rockridge district, the vibrant mix of owner-operated merchants has remained constant with only a few changes in ownership. The epicurean offerings, in contrast, continuously evolve to reflect the changing tastes of customers and the dynamic culinary landscape of the last thirty years.
Individual Market Hall merchants include; The Flower & the B, Hapuku Fish Shop, Highwire Coffee Roasters, Market Hall Bakery, Market Hall Foods (formerly The Pasta Shop), Market Hall Produce, Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop, Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant, and Paul Marcus Wines.
Then and now
Oh, how things have changed! These thirty years have seen the proliferation of food trends, fads and, most importantly, increased quality and demand for sustainable and artisan foods. For example, one of the most popular cheeses in the late 80s was Cambozola. Fast forward and our top blue cheese sellers include St. Agur and Jasper Hill's Bayley Hazen Blue. Other changes such as farmers markets, locavorism, the kale craze, pop-ups, meal kits and online shopping enrich our lives, and satiate both our palates and our curiosity.
And yet, so many positive aspects remained strong over the years. Our merchants' commitment to personalized, friendly service and knowledgeable staff defines Rockridge Market Hall. We're proud to provide a gathering place for the neighborhood and to offer a locally-owned alternative to the weekly treks to the supermarket.
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Market Hall Celebrating 30 Years
As we look forward to many more years of serving our community, we want to thank you, our customers, for your continued patronage and support. Our merchants will be passing a nod to you throughout the year and bringing you special events and promotions.