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Stores and Shopping in San Francisco

There’s no shortage of shopping in downtown Union Square. Adjacent to Market and Powell Streets, Hotel Abri offers easy access to your favorite department stores and designer shops, including Bloomingdale’s, Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. 

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Union Square Shopping 

Post St and Stockton St

 Encircled by Macy’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus stores along with colorful flower stands and street performers,  lone Corinthian column surrounded by newly installed palm trees marks San Francisco’s Mecca for shopaholics.

Surrounding streets feature luxury boutiques such as Coach, Bulgari, Cartier, Thomas Pink, Louis Vuitton, MaxMara, Emporio Armani, Diesel, Prada, Celine, Escada, Gucci, Guess, Hermes, Agnes B., Betsey Johnson and Wilkes Bashford.

Ferry Building Marketplace

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

Located on The Embarcadero, the historic San Francisco Ferry Building has been a terminal for the various ferries that travel across the San Francisco Bay since 1898. After an extensive four-year restoration this landmark building re-opened in 2003, with ferry terminals operating to and from, Larkspur, Sausalito, Vallejo, and Alameda and boasting a world-class public food market, The Ferry Building Marketplace.

Organized along a dramatic indoor street, the Navan, The Ferry Building Marketplace is home to an array of unique gourmet shops/tasting rooms and artisanal bakeries, which bring together the food traditions of the Bay Area. Notable local makers and merchants include Acme Bread Company, Dandelion Chocolate, Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop, Urban Remedy and Four Point Beer Company.

The market place also hosts a farmers market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. It is renowned throughout the country as one of the top farmer's markets to visit. On any day, especially Saturdays, some of San Francisco’s best-known chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market. The Thursday market features an array of artisan street food: wood-fired pizza, grilled meats, sandwiches, and tacos, while the Saturday market, larger in size thus held both in front of the Ferry Building and on the rear plaza overlooking the Bay, also includes local restaurants serving a variety of hot, delicious meals.

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Ghirardelli Square

900 North Point St Ste F301, San Francisco

In the heart of San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf, shops and restaurants fill this 3-level landmark former chocolate factory near Fisherman's Wharf.

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Pier 39

Fisherman's Warf Shopping

Market St and Park St

Although Fisherman’s Wharf is known as a tourist district, it offers great shopping options for visitors and locals alike. Pier 39 houses touristy shops, like the Alcatraz Gift Shop, the Aquarium of the Bay Gift Shop, the Hard Rock Cafe Gift Shop, the Cable Car Store and Only in San Francisco. Some of the less touristy options at Pier 39 include Build-A-Bear, Sunglass Hut & Na Hoku. Nearby, Ghiradelli Square is home Ghirardelli Chocolate Marketplace, ElizabethW and The Cheese School of San Francisco. 

Westfield San Francisco Centre

865 Market St, San Francisco

For San Francisco visitors and tourists, the opulent Westfield San Francisco Centre mall and its surrounding downtown San Francisco shopping environs (Union Square is just a few blocks away) epitomize the San Francisco shopping experience.

The Westfield Centre is home to some of the world’s largest American chains, including Bloomingdales, a five-story Nordstrom’s, a two-level J.Crew and including high-end retailers like Kate Spade, Tiffany& Co., Coach, and Burberry.

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Neiman Marcus

150 Stockton St, San Francisco

Need a wardrobe revamp? Shop till you drop in luxury style at renowned specialty store Neiman Marcus. 

Set beneath a landmark stained-glass dome and overlooking the city's Union Square, this luxury store includes five floors of designer goods and unmatched superior customer service. Book a private stylist or have a personal shopper curate looks to fit your style.

Shopping work-up your appetite? Posh nosh. Enjoy quick creative salads and sandwiches at The FreshMarket® San Francisco. Located inside Neiman Marcus, this bright and modern café, it is the perfect stop for the shopper on-the-go.

Heath Ceramics

1 Ferry Building Shop #12, San Francisco

 Heath Ceramics, one of the few remaining mid-century American potteries, has been making tableware and tile for over a half-century. In 2003, husband and wife team, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased Sausalito-based Heath Ceramics with a mission to revitalize the company, by placing a strong emphasis on design, handcrafted techniques, and the reinvigoration of the company’s designer-maker legacy. Its dinnerware is used in the country’s top restaurants, such as Chez Panisse, Brasserie 44 at the Royalton Hotel, and The Slanted Door. Its tile graces renowned buildings, such as the Pasadena Norton Simon Museum, and the UC Berkeley East Asian Library, by architects Tod Williams + Billie Tsien.

An institution for upmarket handcrafted tile, tableware & housewares with midcentury-modern flair, the Heath pottery store inside the SF Ferry Building Marketplace features one-of-a-kind ceramic finds. 

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Embarcadero Center

Sacramento St to Clay St

Embarcadero is an underutilized shopping expanse, usually crowded with professionals who work in the nearby towers or locals who know this San Francisco mall is light on foot traffic but heavy on great stores and accessory shops. Embarcadero is a retail haven with brand names like Gap, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Express.

Even though the Embarcadero holds big names, this San Francisco shopping mall has unusual stores: the Discovery Channel Store for science lovers and the Giants Dugout for the sports enthusiast. The mall’s spacious outdoor and indoor design lends itself to a more comfortable and easy shopping experience.

The Embarcadero is contoured for the busy shopper with wide walkways and well-placed stairwells. During sunny days, the upstairs patio is perfect for patrons dining at Fuzio, a high-energy Italian restaurant or for coffee drinkers at Java City. The shopping mall is also home to the Embarcadero Theater, a movie house showing the brightest alternative and independent films by top directors.

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The Real Real

253 Post St, San Francisco

From women’s, men’s and kids’ fashion to fine jewelry, watches, fine art and home decor have a one-of-a-kind consignment shopping experience at The RealReal SF flagship store located on historic Maiden Lane.

Empowering consignors and buyers to extend the life cycle of luxury goods, shop top designers including Hermès, Cartier and Rolex at this unique retail location that has been carefully curated by The RealReal's 150+ in-house experts including gemologists, horologists and luxury brand authenticators. 

Located in the flagship store, CafeCafe serves San Francisco made Sightglass coffee and Mr. Holmes baked goods, alongside a variety of salads and snacks to go.

therealreal.com/sf

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Chinatown Shopping

Bush St and Grand Ave

Enter the Dragon Gates for access to another, redder and more-bustling world of shopping in San Francisco’s Chinatown, tucked loudly away between North Beach and Union Square shopping. Ornate lampposts, pagoda roofs and a Bank of America that could just as well be in Shanghai highlight San Francisco’s eclectic Chinatown.

At every turn, candles burn and vivid silks grace the jam-packed window fronts, where import vendors sell nearly everything, including (but by no means limited to) carved Buddhas, paper parasols and regal mahogany furniture, perfect for exotic gifts or indulgent tourist fodder. Apothecaries abound, selling delicate green teas, rose-scented black teas and a variety of other ailment-banishing brews by the ounce. For a sweet surprise, the fragrant Fortune Cookie Factory tucked away on Ross Alley is an exciting find. Chinese food is just as abundant: for some of the best in San Francisco, the inexpensive House of Nanking is just off Chinatown’s main drag a few blocks west on Kearny (at Jackson).

Kim + Ono 

729 Grant Ave, San Francisco

Specializing in silk and charmeuse botanical print kimonos, shop handcrafted kimonos in the heart of Chinatown at Kim + Ono.

With 30 years of family history handcrafting Kimonos in mind, including the launch of their family's first small boutique in Chinatown under the name Old Shanghai, the sister duo behind Kim + Ono has re-imagined the Kimono shopping experience for today's generation. Infusing a modern aesthetic, paired with timeless techniques, Kim + Ono craft beautiful & lightweight, everyday kimonos with elegance and function in mind that make for a sophisticated staple to any woman’s wardrobe.

 Each kimono features an original pattern, first sketched by hand, then saturated in rich watercolors using a traditional paintbrush. All kimonos draw inspiration from the various styles of traditional Chinese brushwork, capturing the aesthetics (artistic principles) of depth, contrast, space, and balance. Many of our robes feature romantic, tranquil scenes of birds and or flowers that bear significance. For example, the lotus flower symbolizes good luck and fortune, a sentiment Kim + Ono wishes to share with each customer that visits.

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