1. Union Square – This area is known worldwide as a shopping mecca, right up there with New York and London. All the shops are there from the high end of Escada and Thomas Pink to the younger in-crowd at H&M and Zara.
2. SOMA – South of Market. Just across Market from theUnion Square area, but really a separate destination. There is the large mall, Westfield Mall, with Nordstrom as an anchor and the young European-minded Mango inside. Close-by is Bloomingdale’s, too.
3. Chinatown — Great bargains can be found at is locale, one of the biggest settlements of Chinese people outside of China. It’s fun to scout for bargains, especially knick-knacks and jewelry.
4. Fillmore Street – Quaint shopping area in Pacific Heights. Shop at the boutiques and grab a bite at one of the cafes. You can sit outside and watch the passersby.
5. Haight/Ashbury – Also known throughout the world as the hippie enclave in San Francisco. While the area has become more and more upscale in the forty-plus years since its hippie heyday, the people-watching is still lots of fun. Great consignment stores and record stores.
6. Japantown – Unusual but interesting Japanese markets and stores. There are bargains at the Japanese “dollar” stores as well as authentic Japanese noodle stands.
7. Mission at Valencia – This Hispanic neighborhood is home to the working class in San Francisco. Lots of markets and inexpensive stores. It’s fun to browse. Geared toward the younger crowd.
8. Sacramento Street – Charming shopping area filled with Victorian houses and boutiques. Old-fashioned hardware store and local boutiques. Great consignment stores for men’s and women’s clothing.
9. Union Street – Upscale area filled with boutiques, coffee stores and restaurants. Beautiful area but the shops can be expensive.
10. Fisherman’s Wharf – Last but not least, a tourist destination that has some bargains and lots of inexpensive San Francisco –themed gift items.
By Spenser C.