Whether you're looking for unique little boutiques with hard-to-find fashions or huge department stores that carry all the essentials, you definitely won't go home empty handed.
Financial District / Union Square
This area is the most famous to do your shopping. It's where you'll find well-known department stores like Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom.
You'll also find a variety of shopping centers. Stroll through Rincon Center for an entire block of shops. Browse through Williams Sonoma for acres of house ware. Find upscale clothing at Thomas Pink or peruse the largest fabric store on the West Coast at Britex.
Make sure to make a stop in Embarcadero Center or the Ferry Building for other San Francisco
Haight Street is generally known for its bohemian atmosphere and hippie culture. You can find a variety of unique little stores as well as larger, more popular ones.
Check out Amoeba Music to find a huge music selection, with a large sample of Indie, or duck into the hole-in-the-wall record store F8 to find a tiny little music haven. Browse through Booksmith, an independent bookstore famous for its events program, or stop at the Life Shop for a Henna tattoo and spoil-yourself treats like scented oils, aromatherapy, candles and more.
You'll find five different shopping centers at Fisherman's Wharf. This includes Anchorage Shopping Center, where you'll find more than 30 specialty shops and restaurants, and North Point Shopping Center, which is less for tourist buys but great for basic needs.
Along the Wharf and the side streets, you'll also discover a plethora of souvenir, craft, jewelry, t-shirt and candy shops. It's here that you'll find the best San Francisco
gifts and souvenirs.
Other Shopping Areas
Some of the more hidden shopping areas are the surrounding neighborhoods, which are dotted with boutiques, cafes and nightlife. Discover these areas on Irving Street in the Sunset, Union Street in Cow Hollow, Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, 24th Street in Noe Valley, and Mission Street in the Mission District.
If you're looking for shopping centers, cruise into San Francisco
Shopping Center, featuring more than 65 leading retail stores like J. Crew and Abercrombie & Fitch, or go to Hillsdale Shopping Area, which has more than 130 big-name stores, including Nordstrom and Banana Republic.