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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SoMa and Civic Center 43

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Hayes Valley 18

SoMa 21

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

Noe Valley 8

The Marina and the Presidio 14

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Cow Hollow 11

Marina 3

North Beach 12

On the Waterfront 11

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Embarcadero 7

Financial District 2

Fisherman's Wharf 2

Nob Hill and Russian Hill 4

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Nob Hill 1

Western Shoreline 4

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Sunset District 4

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Clothing 44

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Department Stores 7

Flowers 1

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Gifts/ Souvenirs 17

Household Items/ Furniture 20

Jewelry/ Accessories 11

Music Stores 6

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Perfume/ Cosmetics 7

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Sporting Goods 5

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Alexander Book Co.

  • Books/Stationery

The three floors here are stocked with literature, poetry, and children's books, with a focus on hard-to-find works by men and women...

Antonio's Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This SoMa maze of museum-quality English and French antiques and objets d'art might include an 18th-century French harp or delicate tortoise...

Arthaus

  • Art Galleries

This one-story gallery south of Market provides an intimate space for both local and New York artists to display their contemporary work.

Blue Bottle Coffee

  • Food/Candy

The revered microroaster's practitioners brew their sacred beans in a $20,000 siphon bar from Japan with halogen-lighted glass globes...

Bluxome Street Winery

  • Wine/Spirits

Wine shops exist all over the city, but this is the only winery within city limits. Grapes are brought in from Russian River Valley,...

Chronicle Books

  • Books/Stationery

This local beacon of publishing produces inventively designed fiction, cookbooks, art books, and other titles, as well as diaries, planners...

City Beer

  • Wine/Spirits

More than 450 beers (many refrigerated) are for sale here, and with six on tap that you can imbibe while you shop. You'll get 10% off...

Crown Point Press

  • Art Galleries

What started as a print workshop in 1962 now includes studios as well as a large, airy gallery where etchings, intaglio prints, engravings,...

Grand Central Station Antiques

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This large, three-story space stocks mostly 19th- and early-20th-century European and American storage pieces—armoires, highboys, buffets,...

Guitar Solo

  • Music Stores

This shop stocks high-quality acoustic guitars, CDs, and 12,000 titles of sheet music—and has its own record label to boot. The handmade...

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