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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Aria Antiques

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


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

Catharine Clark Gallery

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Although nationally known artists—like Masami Teraoka and Andy Diaz Hope—display their sculptures, paintings, photographs, and installation...

Crown Point Press

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

Fraenkel Gallery

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This renowned gallery represents museum-caliber photographers or their estates, including Nicholas Nixon, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach,...

Hackett-Mill Gallery

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This gallery prides itself on its friendly staffers who will educate you about the art or leave you alone, whichever you prefer. Some...

Hang Art

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A spirit of fun imbues this inviting space that showcases emerging artists. Prices range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand,...

Hespe Gallery

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Priced between $3,000 and $50,000, the paintings and sculptures here by midcareer artists, many of them Californians, are primarily representational...

John Berggruen Gallery

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Twentieth-century American and European paintings are displayed throughout three airy floors. Some recent exhibitions have included the...

John Pence Gallery

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The 8,000-square-foot facility, San Francisco's largest gallery, exhibits drawings, paintings, and sculpture. Many of the works are by...


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