San Francisco Shopping

With its grand department stores and funky secondhand boutiques, San Francisco summons a full range of shopping experiences. From the anarchist bookstore to the mouthwatering specialty-food purveyors at the gleaming Ferry Building, the local shopping opportunities reflect the city's various personalities. Visitors with limited time often focus their energies on the high-density Union Square

area, where several major department stores tower over big-name boutiques. But if you're keen to find unique local shops, consider moving beyond the square's radius.

Each neighborhood has its own distinctive finds, whether it's 1960s housewares, cheeky stationery, or vintage Levi's. If shopping in San Francisco has a downside, it's that real bargains can be few and far between. Sure, neighborhoods such as the Lower Haight and the Mission have thrift shops and other inexpensive stores, but you won't find many discount outlets in the city, where rents are sky-high and space is at a premium.

Seasonal sales, usually in late January and late July or August, are good opportunities for finding deep discounts on clothing. The San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner advertise sales. For smaller shops, check the free SF Weekly, which can be found on street corners every Wednesday. Sample sales are usually held by individual manufacturers, so check your favorite company's website before visiting.

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Tenderloin 2

Mission District 30

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Bernal Heights 1

Dogpatch 1

Potrero Hill 7

Pacific Heights and Japantown 23

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Japantown 5

Pacific Heights 14

Western Addition 1

The Haight, the Castro, and Noe Valley 18

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Castro 3

Haight 7

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Marina 3

North Beach 12

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Embarcadero 7

Financial District 2

Fisherman's Wharf 2

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Clothing 44

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Flowers 1

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Music Stores 6

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The friendly staff can help guys and gals sort through the jeans selection, one of the hippest in the city (check out the Dope &...

Aria Antiques

  • Art Galleries

Get a gift for your favorite globe-trotter at this oasis for the unordinary. You'll find maps, boxes, vases, and vintage furniture, as...

Biordi Art Imports

  • Household Items/Furniture

Hand-painted Italian pottery, mainly imported from Tuscany and Umbria, has been shipped worldwide by this family-run business since 1946.

City Lights Bookstore

  • Books/Stationery

The city's most famous bookstore is where the Beat movement of the 1950s was born. Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac hung out in the basement,...

Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company

  • Food/Candy

Forget those fancy flavored coffees if you're ordering from this emporium, open since 1935 and one of the best-loved coffee stores in...

Lola of North Beach

  • Books/Stationery

A section of this intimate North Beach store is devoted to the various stages of a relationship: friendship, I like you, I love you,...

Molinari Delicatessen

  • Food/Candy

This store has been making its own salami, sausages, and cold cuts since 1896. Other homemade specialties include meat and cheese ravioli,...

San Francisco Rock Posters and Collectibles

  • Music Stores

The huge selection of rock-and-roll memorabilia, including posters, handbills, and original art, takes you back to the 1960s. Also available...

Schein & Schein

  • Art Galleries

This tiny spot sells antique maps and engraved prints, many with a local focus, from inexpensive prints to genuine collectors' pieces.

Victoria Pastry Co.

  • Food/Candy

In business since the early 1900s and a throwback to the North Beach of old, this bakery has display cases full of Italian pastries,...

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