SF Shopping Overview

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There is such an incredible variety of stuff to buy while shopping in San Francisco that it’s become one of the biggest reasons why millions of tourists flock to the city every year. At its heart is Union Square, a small square that is surrounded with shopping options, including high-end chains like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, major department stores, and dozens of fine art galleries and boutiques that keep the fashionistas burning out their Amex cards.

One of the biggest reasons vacationers come to San Francisco is to see Fisherman’s Wharf, whose twelve million annual visitors put it squarely on top of the heap when it comes to the city’s destinations. Encompassing a waterfront stretch barely a mile long, the area overflows with plenty of SF shopping opportunities, whether it’s for souvenirs, Ghirardelli chocolate, or fresh seafood.

A massive assortment of San Francisco shopping options await along the Mission and Valencia Street Corridor, full of music shops, upscale clothiers, art and design spots, and oddball boutiques. No other stretch of road in San Francisco evokes images of tie-dyes and 60s rock like Haight Street, even if the area has since developed into a diverse shopping and nightlife destination that caters to everyone from still-tripping neo-hippies to salon-centric style hounds.

Emporiums for libidinous shoppers are easy to find along the gay mecca of Castro Street, but the famous stretch is about much more than just ass-less pants and sex toys. Downtown, meanwhile, is home to the popular weekly Ferry Plaza Farmers Market that sets up out front of the historic Ferry Building and is the site of many retailers and upscale restaurants that are popular with trendy shoppers and foodies.

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