Shopping in San Francisco can be inspiring and enchanting. The city boasts a certain charm that is unlike anywhere else, and the eclecticism is unmatched in any other city. There is no shortage of fantastic retail locations, from classic and traditional to quirky, chic, and funky-retro. The San Francisco shopping scene offers something for everyone: regardless of taste, genre, budget, and personal style.
Union Square in downtown San Francisco can be considered the epicenter of San Francisco shopping. Located just north of the Financial District, the actual “square” is a 2.5-acre public plaza, set between Geary, Powell, Post, and Stockton streets. Surrounding the square are several blocks of shops, hotels, restaurants, and theaters. This shopping area is bustling with activity, amidst the many upscale boutiques, art galleries, and café’s.
Stores to visit: Tiffany & Co., Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gumps (San Francisco landmark)
This elegant and picturesque street in Presidio Heights boasts a myriad of antique stores, interior design storefronts, and wonderful gift galleries. Walking through the neighborhood reveals some of San Francisco’s finest architectural features, coupled with some of the best views of San Francisco Bay.
Stores to visit: Sue Fisher King, Hudson Grace, Water Lilies, Poetica, and many more!
Chestnut Street is a spirited and lively street, featuring a selection of home stores, clothing boutiques, fun restaurants, and inviting bars and café’s.
Stores to visit: Brandy Melville, Williams Sonoma, Rabat, Papyrus
Not to be confused with Union Square, the shopping district of Union Street runs along about six blocks, from Steiner Street to Gough Street. The street is lined with Victorian architecture amidst dozens of restaurants, café’s, art galleries, and small, trendy boutiques.
Stores to visit: Canyon Beachwear, Mimi’s, Ambiance, Samsara, Porto, and much more!
Just up the hill from Union Street, Fillmore Street is another treasure of San Francisco’s shopping destinations. Up and down both sides of Fillmore Street are unique and beautiful home stores, clothing retailers, and many trendy restaurants.
Stores to visit: Nest, Flicka, Jonathan Adler, Jigsaw, Zinc Details, Margaret O’Leary