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Many globetrotters agree that there is nothing quite like the San Francisco shopping scene. With such a wide variety of shopping malls, centers and one-of-a-kind specialty shops, it´s no wonder the city has been frequently called “America´s Best Place to Shop”. There are so many different places to go that you´ll surely find something for everyone in the family.
Start your shopping spree at Haight Street, where psychedelia once reigned, with its genuine hippie feel. Although, nowadays you can also find modern stores including The Gap or Ben and Jerry’s, this shopping area offers its visitors a “funky” experience, with overcrowded bookstores, piercing salons and interesting clothes shops. It also has great restaurants and bars where you can enjoy some oldies while sipping on a glass of sangria.
If you’re a bit more “artsy”, then head on over to Hayes Valley, where you’ll find a lovely blend of shopping and art in an interesting San Francisco neighborhood. The streets are lined with boutiques, studios, art galleries and restaurants as well as wine bars and cafes. Hayes Valley is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind item that you’d never thought you’d see, from weird furniture to old-fashioned shoes. This shopping area is also very strict when it comes to preserving its uniqueness: No major store chains allowed!
For a more comfortable day of shopping, San Francisco’s Embarcadero Shopping area is your best choice. A haven for everything retail, Embarcadero blends the best national chain stores like Gap, Victoria’s Secret and Banana Republic with other unusual stores like the Discovery Channel Store. The spacious shopping area makes it easy for shoppers to stroll through Embarcadero the whole day. There’s also a great movie theatre and plenty of cafes, including Java City.
A totally different shopping experience is in store for visitors to San Francisco’s Chinatown. Once you walk under that amazing Dragon Gate, you’ll feel you’ve stepped into the Far East. Streets lined with Chinese paper lamps house everything from souvenir shops to apothecaries. And of course, there are plenty of restaurants for guests to enjoy while shopping in this exotic part of San Francisco.
On another side of town is the chic Chestnut Street Shopping area. With a neighborhood feel to it, this shopping center boasts some of the city’s loveliest and most sophisticated shops. You can find everything from major brand names like Gap, to amazing gift shops like Blue bird. Plus, delicious seafood dishes with the best California wines are found at restaurants like Cozmo’s. You won’t want to leave!
And last but definitely not least, San Francisco’s most luxurious shopping centers will render you speechless. Union Square Shopping and the Westfield San Francisco Center symbolize the true San Francisco shopping experience. Macy’s, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s, and Kenneth Cole are just some of the stores to be found at these mega-shopping centers. Plus, visitors can also enjoy boutiques like Bulgari, Cartier, Gucci, Armani and Prada. Both of these shopping centers will also tempt your palate with their delicious restaurants and cafes, making your shopping day one you’ll never forget.