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Top 10 Shopping Districts of San Francisco

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.