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San Francisco Shopping Guide

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 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.

Top Places to Shop in San Francisco
50 reviews
This luxurious department store carries high-end designer clothing, accessories and gifts for the entire family.
Ghirardelli Square
3,509 reviews
A group of renovated factory buildings filled with shops, restaurants and galleries.
Macy’s Union Square
96 reviews
Located in the heart of Union Square, this downtown flagship offers seven floors of fashion, jewelry, and homewares. Stop by Boudin Bakery Cafe for lunch, and stay for in-store events including fashion shows and cooking demonstrations.
Great Mall
441 reviews
Great Mall, the largest indoor outlet and value shopping destination in Northern California, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 200 outlet and value stores ranging from jewelry to women's apparel to sporting goods. Great Mall is home to Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Coach Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, H&M, Forever 21, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Gap and Michael Kors.. Shoppers can dine at great restaurants including Dave & Buster’s, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant and Outback Steakhouse, or catch a movie at Century Theatres 20. Great Mall serves the nearby communities of Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara and Fremont. Great Mall is located conveniently off the intersection of I-880 and Great Mall Expressway as well as the intersection of I-680 and Montague Expressway. So from the entire team here at Great Mall, we hope that you visit us soon! Looking for the tickets to concerts, sporting games or shows? Simon Guest Services is a Ticketmaster outlet too! Visit our booth located at Entrance 2 Court and we'll help you get the best seats available. Great Mall Means More! More stores. More brands. More savings. More Fun.
Japan Center
145 reviews
Explore Japanese culture in the city's famed neighborhood. Japan Center's authentic architecture, shops, and food-plus the presence of the Peace Pagoda-make it one of Japantown's prized landmarks.
Napa Premium Outlets
154 reviews
Napa Premium Outlets features an impressive collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. You're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the Bay area.
Ferry Building Marketplace
7,353 reviews
A city landmark transformed into a gourmet food emporium and farmers market.
Gilroy Premium Outlets
461 reviews
South of Silicon Valley, this outlet boasts the largest collection of discount designer brands in Northern California. After you shop, check out the locally loved Garlic Shoppe or nearby wineries.
Union Square
2,122 reviews
A shopper's paradise, this bustling square near the theater district has everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses. After a $25-million facelift in 2002, the cosmopolitan hub boasts a huge amphitheater, granite pedestals on which street entertainers perform and a tree and flower-lined environment in which to enjoy an espresso or an elegant meal.
Saks Fifth Avenue
56 reviews
Saks carries a range of iconic designer brands-from Dior to David Yurman. Before you enter, stop to admire the geometric architecture and sumptuous window displays the upscale retailer is known for.
96 reviews
This famous upscale department store is especially known for its high-quality service.
Stanford Shopping Center
873 reviews
Welcome to Stanford Shopping Center, Northern California's premier open-air shopping and dining destination with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 world-class specialty stores, ranging from luxury brands to local favorites. Enjoy an extraordinary mix of restaurants and cafes from Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Max's Opera Café and The Melt, to Yucca de Lac and so many more. Shop the European Street Market for the freshest California produce and gourmet specialty foods. Breathtaking gardens, sculptures and fountains accent the garden environment that people come from all over the world to see. Stanford Shopping Center truly is a one of a kind experience. Whatever the season, it's always magically in bloom! Experience the garden of everything. Stanford Shopping Center. Stanford Shopping Center is located between El Camino Real and Sand Hill Rd. The Center situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley adjacent to the world renowned Stanford University Campus. Stanford Shopping Center serves the nearby affluent communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, and Atherton.
Westfield San Francisco Centre
650 reviews
Westfield San Francisco Centre is an upscale, urban Shopping mall located in San Francisco, California, managed by the Westfield Group and co-owned by Westfield and Forest City Enterprises.
Paragon Outlets Livermore Valley
14 reviews
The bungalow-style architecture and mountain views make this outlet mall a beautiful place to shop. Also beautiful are the discounted designer finds at stores like the Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue outlets.
San Francisco Premium Outlets
588 reviews
Find impressive savings at 130 stores, including Armani, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's Outlet, Burberry, Cole Haan, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Kate Spade New York, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
Vacaville Premium Outlets
316 reviews
Vacaville Premium Outlets is more than just an impressive collection of the finest brands, it is one of the area's largest shopping destinations. Include a shopping stop during your next trip to the area. Located 45 miles east of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Sacramento, you're sure to find impressive savings of 25% to 65% all year round. Local Shop & Stay packages are available.
25 reviews
Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store offering the latest fashions for Women, Men, Children and the Home. A 140-year history of fashion, innovation, dynamic shopping environments, special events, and the iconic Little Brown Bag make Bloomingdale's like no other store in the world. Shop top designer names at Bloomingdale’s West Coast flagship store — the second largest in the country. Stop by the first floor Visitors Center for special offers, services and amenities.
City Lights Booksellers
1,010 reviews
Famous bookstore founded and still owned by Beat Generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

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#1 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Lots of books to browse at this hangout of Allen Ginsberg Jack Kerouak and .On Columbus Ave on the edge of Chinatown near Grant Ave,it has easy access to the Embarcadero as well.Great selection of books, I always...
One of the truly great bookstores in San Francisco (and maybe the entire country) - great selection of books including many unique ones - Harkens back to the Beat Generation of the 1950s and early 1960s
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#2 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Amoeba is a unique record store that is popular among many local and touring musicians as well as tourists passing through the Bay Area, and for good reason.
My husband happily spent a good 40 minutes browsing through LPs but, happily, there are benches to sit on and I was glad to sit and wait after walking miles.
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#3 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
There are many excellent restaurants with both indoor and outdoor dining areas, specialty shops ranging from pottery and candles to wine, organic produce, baked goods, coffee shops, book shops, gourmet ice cream s...
Great atmosphere Really delicious food shops There is also a gluten free bakery - Mariposa - they have the best gluten free pasteries, I've ever tried!! On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday there is Farmers Market ju...
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#4 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
True, the Ferry building has excellent shops, restaurants, and a wine merchant; on market day, the building expands with farmers, pop-up restaurants and an energy of delicious excitement.
Beautiful flowers, wonderful smelling food stands , interesting people watching and of course the regular shop inside ...... it’s a do.
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#6 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
From the parking outside the delicious smell of bread already arrouses your mouth The Sourdough is excellent Nice shop ground flour Restaurant first flour Excellent food great service
There is a shop to buy Boudin souvenirs and breads as well as a bakery where you can watch bread made as you eat your sourdough bowl.
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#7 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
The product inventory is amazing an the people are great also the shop is amazing place to have a great time
Best shop in the bay
#8 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Our small family took a food tour of Chinatown and North Beach, a tea tasting at Vital Tea Leaf was part of the tour, and it was one of my favorite parts of the entire experience.
We were there for almost an hour, with no pressure to buy or leave - just a desire to provide an amazing educational experience on tea.
#9 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Stopped in to warm up with a hot chocolate with whip cream and a delicious brownie!! Yum!!! Of course I had to take some for the road also Great for gifts.
Similarly the chocolate ice cream “ Ghirardelli World Famous Hot Sundae Fudge” is great crowds puller There are over 40 shops ( from Jewelry to Gifts to Apparel and Accessories ) & restaurants ( from the Vietnames...
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#10 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Down a back alley between Stockton St. and Grant Avenue, this small shop/factory is worth the search to sample some delicious fortune cookies (in three flavors), buy a bag of your favorite type, and to have some c...
With a typical overcast cloudy day with a hint a drizzle now and then in San Francisco, it was a great day to visit the fortune cookie factory with my grandson.
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#11 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Westfield San Francisco in Market Street offers a wide range of great shops with big brand names such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales etc and most of the co-tenders you expect in big centres such as Footlocker and has...
Would recommend to end your walk around here.. take an easy walk inside the clean and attractive mall and have some quick quality food at the dining facilities.. Just make sure to reach early for parking places or...
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#12 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
... may it continue to provide its appreciative audience with fine chocolate, must-have-them cards, great magazines, delightful surprises and, most importantly, a truly personal shopping experience for years to come!
The delicious aroma of excellent chocolate wafts out onto the sidewalk, and leads into a wonderful shop choco-bloc with national and international magazines, hilarious cards and, did I say it - chocolate.
#13 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Everything we bought was great and most vendors offers samples.
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#14 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
#15 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Today, this one-block plaza and surrounding area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and beauty salons in the United States, making Union Square a...
Awesome place or rather shopping Paradise for people's, full of all brand outlets and departmental store like Macy's, Eatery outlet also Lots to choose from or go to pier 39 from there to relax.
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#16 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
The mall has everything from bookstores, restaurants, a movie theater, ice cream shops, crepe places, bakeries, craft stores, and stores with traditional Japanese goods.
It has everything Japanese you could imagine: supermarket, restaurants, a little arcade, manga and book store, specialty stores, etc.
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#17 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
If you love reading and have the opportunity to be in San Francisco - get to this bookstore!
An absolute must for shopping in SF.
#18 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
We have shopped at Macy’s many time while visiting the US and this Macy’s is probably second to the main one in NY for us.
Great Shopping... Go to the Clearance Section and get GREAT bargains
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#19 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
There are many unique local vendors and artists offering art, flea market items and various trinkets and treasures.
The vendors range from traditional Farmers Market crafts and foods to flea market style treasure hunt booths.
#20 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Undeterred by all this, I popped in for a spot of shopping, also mesmerised by the great architecture of this place.
In an era of chain retailers offering mass merchandise, it is great to be able to shop clothing that is exceptional in its quality.
#21 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
This sweet shop was a stop on food tour of China Town and North Beach, and we were there to try the famous seven-layer fudge, which proved to be worthy of its billing.
You can taste test fudge for free, and you also get free kettle corn when you make a purchase.
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#22 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
Very harmonious architecture style throughout, office buildings, shopping, hotel, restaurants & the movies, a lot of everything, with some great views of the Bay.
It was fun strolling around the multi high rise blocks with a plethora of retail available.
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#23 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
I love green tea, and this was probably the most specialized and cared for tea shop I've ever seen outside Japan.
This is my third tea ceremony and I am learning how to brew my tea.
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#25 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
I remember my parents taking me to Gumps when I was very young, and was always fascinated by the jade collection and all the beautiful pieces of jewelry.
#26 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
very clean and tidy shop, offering cool delicious sweets and chocolate.
We had so much fun reminiscing here seeing our childhood faves.
#27 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
I was recently in San Francisco and naturally, being a quilter and hand and machine embroiderer, as well as a life long sewer, I immediately look up fabric stores in every new city I visit.
#28 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
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#30 of 380 Shopping in San Francisco
The staff were very friendly and let us know about how the line generally looks in the morning and recommended what time to come to the store for to ensure we were able to receive one with a $15 purchase.
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