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San Francisco Travel Guide

Shopping in San Francisco

San Francisco offer a diverse and eclectic shopping experience, with varied shopping centres, charming boutiques, second-hand stores and wonderful malls spread throughout the neighbourhoods of the city. San Francisco is a dream destination for the shopaholics.

San Francisco shopping centres

Union Square in the north-eastern part of the City, is the busiest shopping district, particularly in December; and is home to major department stores such as Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Levi's, Gump's, Nordstrom and more. Nearby are located trendy, upscale boutique stores such as Gucci, Chanel, Versace, Tiffany, Armani, Prada, and the like. Fillmore Street, to the west of Nob Hill, between Sutter and Jackson, has also high-priced boutiques and house-wares stores.

The Embarcadero Center, located in the Financial District, is a commercial complex of eight buildings packed with retail brands, value stores and restaurants; it is also home to upscale retailers such as Ann Taylor and Pottery Barn. The Jackson Square Historic District offers antique stores.

Fisherman's Wharf offers characteristic touristy souvenir shops and four major retail complexes: Ghirardelli Square; the Cannery, the Anchorage and Pier 39 (perhaps the San Francisco's most popular Bay Attraction).

Chinatown offers 24 blocks of odd shops selling all types of fascinating Asian products. The Castro is another good shopping destination; there are a lot of men's clothing and gay-theme items, as well as chic house-ware stuff.

San Francisco street fairs are a great way to find local crafts and art. SoMa offers a variety of bargain outlets and second-hands shops, you can pick up a discount-shopping-guide at most important hotels. San Francisco's Mission District offers goods from throughout Latin America, bargain hunters would also enjoy shopping here.

Haight Street, where the hippie movement reached a crescendo in the 1960s, has an eclectic selection of stores where you will find funky fashions; vintage clothing; music; folk art; and re-sale shops.

Hayes Valley is a good bet for funky local art galleries and stylish clothing boutiques and studios; it's definitely the most interesting new shopping area in town.

San Francisco is also widely known as a bookstore lover's paradise, the city is also home to a number of amazing Music Stores, the world-renowned Amoeba Records; the nation's largest independent record store; is located in the Haight.

North Beach has European-style boutiques; there are also made-in-San Francisco boutique designer shops. Mission Street shops specialize in funky ethnic apparel, accessories, and furnishings.

Top purchases in the city include wine from Napa Valley, t-shirts, postcards of Alcatraz, and miniature reproductions of the Golden Gate Bridge. Standard shopping hours are Monday Saturday 10:00am 06:00pm and most are open at least some hours on Sunday.

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