San Francisco offers some of the most diverse shopping in the United States. One minute you’re walking down Market Street—home to high-end designers and big-chain retail stores—and the next you’re lost in a maze of local artisan boutiques or endless racks of vintage items spanning every era of the last century. Whether you’re looking for a memorable souvenir, designer duds, or a treasure just waiting to be found, San Francisco’s shopping districts have it all.Downtown
Downtown San Francisco encompasses two shopping hot spots: Union Square and Market Street. In Union Square, you’ll find a bustling scene with an energy that’s reminiscent of New York City. Don’t miss high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Neiman Marcus—even if it’s just to take in the window displays. On Market Street, you’ll find moderately priced big chain stores—plus fabulous finds in the upscale Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s department stores—in the Westfield San Francisco Centre mall. For a more elegant experience, stroll down Maiden Lane just off Union Square. Here you’ll find a refuge from the crowds as you wander among the twinkling streetlights and picturesque storefronts housing the highest of high-end designers.