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Travel to San Francisco: San Francisco Shopping

Great Places for San Francisco Shopping

50 Post St., San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 415/393-1505

Shopping Center / Mall, Shopping Neighborhood
Financial District

At Post and Kearny streets, the Crocker Galleria is a complex of 40 or so mostly upscale shops and restaurants housed beneath a glass dome. The rooftop garden has a view of the hectic streets and sidewalks below.

between Laguna and Fillmore Sts. and Geary Blvd. and Post St., San Francisco, CA, USA

Shopping Center / Mall, Shopping Neighborhood

Unlike the other ethnic enclaves of Chinatown, North Beach, and the Mission, the 5-acre Japan Center is under one roof. The three-block complex includes an 800-car public garage and three shops-filled buildings. Especially worthwhile are the Kintetsu and Kinokuniya buildings, where shops and showrooms sell electronics, tapes and records, jewelry, antique kimonos, tansu chests, paintings, colorful glazed dinnerware and teapots, and more. Home to more than 40 unique stores selling everything from rice paper to imported video games to handmade furniture.

3927 24th St., San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 415/648-2414

Household Items / Furniture, Shopping Neighborhood
Noe Valley

At Panetti's you'll find offbeat novelty items, whimsical picture frames, journals, and more.

865 Market St., San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 415/495-5656

Shopping Center / Mall, Shopping Neighborhood
Union Square

The San Francisco Shopping Centre, across from the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets, is distinguished by spiral escalators that wind up through the sunlit atrium. A nine-level shopping center joined together by America's only curved escalator, it's full of boutiques, chain stores and five stories of Nordstrom (the world's largest). Inside are more than 35 retailers. Godiva Chocolatier (415/543-8910) displays its decadent treats, like toffee carré bonbons and gift boxes of chocolate truffles, on two floors.

Shopping Neighborhood
Pacific Heights

A local favorite is the Sue Fisher King Company, whose quality home accessories fit right into this upscale neighborhood.

549 Castro St., San Francisco, CA, USA
Phone: 415/252-9430

Household Items / Furniture, Shopping Neighborhood

Under One Roof donates the profits from its home and garden items, gourmet foods, bath products, books, frames, and cards to Northern California AIDS organizations.

Pier 39
The most-visited part of San Francisco caters to tourists, with sweatshirts, umbrellas, cable car-shaped toilet paper holders and other essentials within easy reach of the crab stands and ferries

Valencia Street
In the heart of the Mission District, Valencia Street teems with vintage furniture shops, thrift stores, and Mexican folk art shops.

San Francisco Shopping Districts

Haight Street shopping dist.

Although a Gap looms over the corner of Haight and Ashbury, a non-conformist vibe still lurks in the many small stores selling alternative clothes, shoes and accessories. Bargain hunters will find heaps of great vintage clothes. Prices vary, so it's wise to comparison-shop.

Best San Francsico shopping: Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic
(Haight/Western Add.)

Public Transportation
Buses: 6, 7, 66, 71

Union Square shopping dist.

Union Square is the shopping hub in the City. Every major haute couture, jewelry and department store has a presence here, including Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Nordstrom.

Best San Francisco shopping: Within Powell, Market, Kearny and Sutter streets
(Union Sq./Fin. Dist.)

Public Transportation
Buses: 22, 30, 41, 45
Muni Metro: J, K, L, M and N
Cable Cars: Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason Lines
BART: Powell Street station

Castro Street shopping dist.

The heart of gay life in the City, the Castro is a mecca for quirky, creative housewares and novelty gifts. Gorgeous Italian teapots, handmade cards, phallic keychains, gourmet foods and leather pants all lie within an easy stroll of one another.

Best San Francisco shopping: Castro Street between Market and 19th streets, 18th Street at Castro
(Castro/Noe Valley)

Public Transportation
Buses: 24, 33, 35, 37
Muni Metro: F

Fillmore Street shopping dist.
(Pacific Heights/Marina)

Fillmore, between Jackson and Bush streets, is chic boutiques, handmade gifts and elegant housewares. Not a place for bargain hunting, although there are a few vintage clothing stores.

Best San Francisco shopping: Fillmore Street between Washington and Bush streets
For more on Fillmore Street 's sights, shopping and restaurants, see our Pacific Heights neighborhood guide .

Public Transportation
Bus: 22

Chestnut Street shopping dist.

Nestled away from its chi-chi neighbor, Union Street, Chestnut Street retains its local flavor with an abundance of unique shops, grocers and florists. A favorite of Marina residents.
(Pacific Heights / Marina)

Best San Francisco shopping: Chestnut between Fillmore and Divisadero

Public Transportation
Buses: 3, 30X

San Francisco hotels

The Argent Hotel San Francisco Argonaut Hotel Chancellor Hotel on Union Square Comfort Suites San Francisco Airport Commodore Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel Hotel Cosmo, A Kimpton Boutique Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Fishermans Wharf Dakota Hotel Hotel Diva Embassy Hotel