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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Another Time

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Specializing in beautifully restored furniture from the 1930s through the 1960s, this store sells Heywood Wakefield tambour buffets,...

Antonio's Antiques

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

Grand Central Station Antiques

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

Hunt Antiques

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Full of fine 17th- to 19th-century period English furniture, porcelains, Staffordshire pottery, paintings, and grandfather clocks, this...

Interior Visions

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The welcoming proprietor is happy to tell you about her collection of mostly 19th- and early-20th-century pieces. Among the treasures...

Forgotten Shanghai

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The Asian antiques for sale here are both beautiful and practical, with camphor-wood trunks and beautifully aged leather boxes among...

The Touch

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If you've been searching hard for a 1920s double shelf or a Danish teak table, this could be the place you find it. Owner David Chen...


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This eclectic but well-conceived community-operated space is part art gallery, part furniture store, part antiques showroom, and even...


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