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Shopping Guide for San Francisco

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From the luxe designer stores of Union Square to the funky vintage shops of the Haight—and everything else in between—San Francisco has something to offer every kind of shopper.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Union Square

Shopping Malls,

Westfield San Francisco Centre

Shopping Malls,

Ferry Building Marketplace

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,

Hayes Valley

Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Marina District

Neighborhoods

Haight-Ashbury

Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Chinatown

Neighborhoods

City Lights Booksellers

Gift & Specialty Shops, Historic Sites,

Fillmore Street

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Antiques By The Bay

Antique Stores

Rachel H's City Tips

  • Tipping 15-20% is customary and appreciated for good service.
  • There is a 10-cent surcharge on all plastic shopping bags. Bring your own reusable bags to avoid the fee (and do your part for the environment!).
  • Consider buying a CityPASS for up to 7 days of unlimited transportation on the rail systems, buses, trolleys, and cable cars—plus admission to select museums.
  • Individual bus and Muni tickets are available, but be sure to carry exact fare, as you can't receive change on the bus.
  • Board buses at the front and exit from the middle, and let people off of the trains before you get on.
  • Be mindful of "The Tenderloin" neighborhood, several blocks west of Union Square. It can be a bit shady, especially at night.
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    Union Square
    Shopping Malls,
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    Rachel H Says:

    Union Square is San Francisco’s quintessential shopping destination, where you’ll find all the name brands and luxury stores—everything from clothes and cosmetics to sports apparel or home décor. The square is ringed by big-name department stores (including Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s, and Neiman Marcus), with the adjacent blocks housing designer brands such as Coach, Bulgari, Cartier, Diesel, and the list continues... San Francisco's own Levi's as a massive flagship store here, and you can find bargain fashion at H&M, get inspired about home decorating at Crate & Barrel, or stock up on beauty essentials at Sephora. Colorful flower stands and street performers add to the square's ambiance.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Choose from tons of restaurants and cafes around Union Square to fuel up for all that shopping.
    • During the holiday season, Union Square is especially festive, with its enormous tree as well as an ice skating rink!
    • Perched on the sixth floor of Macy's, the Burger Bar is a fun, casual spot where you can build your own burgers and then enjoy them with a side of Union Square views.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    • Something for everyone 06/19/2018
    • The Hub of San Francisco 06/19/2018
    • Union Square
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
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    Westfield San Francisco Centre
    Shopping Malls,
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    Rachel H Says:

    For some serious retail therapy, you can hit all your favorite stores in one fell swoop at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Located a few blocks from Union Square, this impressive shopping mall is anchored by a massive four-story Nordstrom and an equally large Bloomingdale’s, plus Century Theatres and Bristol Farms gourmet grocery store. The wide range of high-end and casual stores includes Zara, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Rolex, Foot Locker, and many, many more.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Don't miss the extensive food court.
    • The mall connects directly to the Powell Street transit station via an underground entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #98 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Various visits to excellent mall 06/13/2018
    • Regular mall 05/20/2018
    • Westfield San Francisco Centre
    Address:
    865 Market St
    San Francisco, CA 94103-1900
    Phone:
    +1 415-512-6776
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 am - 8:30 pm
    Other:
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    Ferry Building Marketplace
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
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    Rachel H Says:

    The Ferry Building Marketplace is heaven for foodies, locals and visitors alike, especially on farmers market days (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays). The indoor food hall is brimming with restaurants, and family-owned stores, offering up delicious local and regional specialties. You can browse loads of food vendors and shop for organic produce, colorful flower bouquets, fresh fish, artisanal breads, and specialty items like jams, olive oils, and chocolates.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring sturdy reusable bags for all your purchased goodies.
    • For the ultimate experience, visit during the Saturday farmers market, and get a made-to-order lunch to enjoy on the outdoor patio overlooking the Bay Bridge.
    • In addition to food shops, the Ferry Building is also home to an adorable book shop, Book Passage, locally made Heath Ceramics, and Sur la Table (aka "kitchen gadget heaven").
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good place to eat and shop 06/20/2018
    • Made out to be more than it is 06/20/2018
    • Ferry Building Marketplace
    Address:
    1 Ferry Building
    The Embarcadero at Market Street
    San Francisco, CA 94111-4209
    Phone:
    +1 415-693-0996
    Other:
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    Hayes Valley
    Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
    Rachel H Says:

    Hayes Valley's chic boutiques are the under-the-radar trendsetters of San Francisco fashion. There’s a French flair to this cozy, unpretentious community, so if you're in the mood for some macarons or a café au lait break during your shopping spree, this is your place. The fashion hotspots center around Octavia Boulevard and Hayes Street, with a variety of clothing boutiques, lots of shoe stores, and some upscale vintage shops peppered all around.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Get your (artisanal) caffeine fix at Ritual Coffee Roasters or Blue Bottle Coffee.
    • Especially appealing shops are Azalea, Rand + Statler, Dish, Welcome Stranger, Zeni Wear, and Revolver.
    • I love Marine Layer's ultra-soft t-shirts (they are made in San Francisco — a rarity) and the local, handmade finds at Lavish, a cute stationary store.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #152 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    • Love this area 06/03/2018
    • Put it on your list 04/27/2018
    • Hayes Valley
    Address:
    Hayes Street
    San Francisco, CA
    Phone:
    +1 415-431-5551
    Other:
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    Marina District
    Neighborhoods
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    Rachel H Says:

    Named for its Bayside location, the trendy Marina District is known for chic boutiques, luxury spas and salons, and happening nightlife. The area caters to a younger, livelier crowd, with trendy stores like Brandy Melville, American Apparel, and Lululemon Athletica. Shop down Chestnut Street and Union Street, where you'll find Apple, Fleet Feet Sports, Benefit Cosmetics, Pottery Barn, and more. You’ll share the sidewalks with cheery joggers, dog walkers, and fitness hounds toting their yoga mats and fresh-pressed juices.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tacolicious, Blue Barn Gourmet, The Tipsy Pig, and lots of other restaurants have great sidewalk patios where you can enjoy the (usually) sunny weather.
    • Street parking can be difficult, so take a taxi or bus to the area. Start on Union Street and then work your way over to Chestnut, which is closer to the water.
    • Recognizable by a black-and-white awning, Ambiance on Union Street is a local favorite with a great range of designer labels and unique, affordable duds—plus awesome accessories!
    • With stellar views and (often) sunshine, the Marina Green is a nice place to rest your feet after a long day of shopping.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    • Expansive Area for Fitness 01/07/2018
    • One of the prettiest neighborhood 01/03/2018
    • Marina District
    Address:
    Chestnut St
    San Francisco, CA
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    Haight-Ashbury
    Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Rachel H Says:

    The epicenter of the 1960s' hippie movement, Haight Street is San Francisco’s most eclectic and perennially busy shopping stretch. The vibe here is fun, funky, and friendly. Mixed in with remnants of the counterculture era—think psychedelic murals, smoke shops, tattoo and piercing salons, and street performers (plus the occasional panhandler)—you'll find ultra-cool vintage shops, trendy consignment stores, indie bookshops, quirky costume stores, and jewelry and incense stands. Amoeba Records music store is one of the biggest tourist draws, and cafes along the way are great for people-watching.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Weekends bring the biggest crowds, so plan your visit for a weekday to take advantage of more elbow room.
    • Haight runs into Golden Gate Park, so you can start on Lower Haight, and explore the park, or spend the morning in the park (sans shopping bags) and then work down Haight.
    • Citrus Club, on Upper Haight, is a yummy noodle shop to fuel your shopping, or you can enjoy tapas at Cha Cha Cha.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #110 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Colourful, but aimed at tourists 06/17/2018
    • Historical but touristy 05/31/2018
    • Haight-Ashbury
    Address:
    Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Phone:
    +1 415-391-2000
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighborhoods
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    Rachel H Says:

    There’s no better place to pick up souvenirs, exotic gifts, and trinkets than in San Francisco's Chinatown—the oldest Chinatown in North America and home to the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enter through the Dragon Gates and spend an afternoon wandering down the lantern-strung streets, lined with ornate lampposts and pagoda roofs. You can hone your bargaining skills with local vendors selling everything you can imagine, from herbal teas to silk robes to regal antique furniture. And, of course, you'll find some of the most authentic (and cheapest) Chinese food around.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit on weekdays to avoid the big tourist crowds (although it will almost always be crowded here).
    • Check opening times; many shops don't open until 10am and close in the early evening.
    • Bring cash.
    • Venture down the side alleys, where you'll find hidden local treasures like the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    • This is my honest opinion 06/21/2018
    • Tea for two 06/20/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    Grant Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Phone:
    +1 888-212-3203
    Other:
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    City Lights Booksellers
    Gift & Specialty Shops, Historic Sites,
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    Rachel H Says:

    City Lights is one of the greatest independent bookstores in the country, and certainly San Francisco’s most famous. A crown jewel of the North Beach neighborhood, this store spawned out of the Beat Generation—a free-spirited, anti-establishment cultural and literary movement of the 1950s (think Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road')—and its publishing arm is famed for a free-speech win after Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl' was published. Today, the intimate three-level store offers classic, new-release, and hard-to-find books in just about any genre you can think up.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open until 12am, the shop is perfect for late-night book browsing.
    • Don't miss the atmospheric Beat poetry nook on the top level.
    • After perusing the stacks, head to Caffe Trieste. A former Beat haunt, the neighborhood mainstay is a great place to sip cappuccino (or Chianti) and converse with the regulars.
    • For more on the Beats, check out the small Beat Museum down the street.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 310 Shopping in San Francisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great old style bookstore 06/20/2018
    • Great selection, welcomes browsers 06/20/2018
    • City Lights Booksellers
    Address:
    261 Columbus Ave
    North Beach
    San Francisco, CA 94133-4586
    Phone:
    +1 415-362-8193
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 12:00 am
    Other:
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    Fillmore Street
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Rachel H Says:

    Posh Fillmore Street is the main shopping drag of the tony Pacific Heights neighborhood, and it's here that you'll find all things luxe—from interior design stores and art galleries to perfumeries and jewelers, with some hip restaurants thrown in. Charming, simple, and sophisticated, Fillmore Street caters to high-end shoppers. Get your glamor goods at Kiehl’s or L’Occitane; pick up the latest trends at Eileen Fisher, Betsey Johnson, or Marc by Marc Jacobs; and plot a little redecorating at Zinc Details, Design Within Reach, and other top-of-the-line stores.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Summertime shoppers: Look out for the annual Fillmore Jazz Festival, which overtakes Fillmore Street for several days in July.
    • Even if these shops are not in your budget, it's worth visiting the area for the people watching alone. Find a table on the sidewalk, sip a coffee, and enjoy the show!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #128 of 585 things to do in San Francisco
    • Cool and upmarket 05/12/2018
    • san francisco 03/26/2018
    • Fillmore Street
    Address:
    Between Jackson and Eddy Street
    Pacific Heights
    San Francisco, CA
    Other:
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    Antiques By The Bay
    Antique Stores
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    Rachel H Says:

    Although not in San Francisco proper, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is well worth the short drive or ferry ride across San Francisco Bay. One of the biggest and most impressive outdoor markets I've seen, this baby's got more than 800 booths selling vintage and antique art, home decorations, furniture, clothing, collectibles, and more. You are guaranteed to walk away with a treasure (or two, or three), and even if you don't, it's still a fantastic way to spend a Sunday—especially with the San Francisco skyline twinkling at you from across the water.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The flea market takes place the first Sunday of every month.
    • Arrive early for the best pickings.
    • Grab lunch at one of the many amazing food trucks.
    • All items sold here are 20 years or older.
    • It's a wise idea to bring along plenty of cash.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 35 things to do in Alameda
    • Wonderful flea market! 09/07/2016
    • antique sale 2.0 02/08/2016
    • Antiques By The Bay
    Address:
    2900 Navy Way
    Alameda, CA
    Phone:
    +1 510-522-7500
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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