April 29, 2007

Best Shopping in San Francisco

By Verdict Staff

UNION SQUARE

San Francisco is renowned for its pioneering and trendsetting attitude, so it’s no surprise to find that the city is one of America’s premier shopping destinations.

From big brands to contemporary boutiques, San Francisco is the perfect place to take your credit card out for a stroll. The different districts all play host to varying styles of shops, so there’s something for every elite traveler, and with the cable cars, it’s easy to hop from place to another.

UNION SQUARE

While many locals consider Union Square a tourist trap, there can be no doubting the quality of the shops on offer.

Six major department stores reside in the square: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus, as well as upscale boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Cartier. Packed out with restaurants and bars to recuperate in after a hard day’s plastic flashing, Union Square is close to many of San Francisco’s top hotels.

UNION STREET

Not to be confused with Union Square, Union Street is a long shopping road running across the city.

The street has a Victorian charm that many will find delightful, and it’s well worth setting aside half a day to window shop. Union Street has all the top brands that you’d expect to see, plus a number of trendy boutiques.

FILLMORE STREET

Filled with one-of-a-kind stores and unusual boutiques, Fillmore Street is where San Franciscans go to find high quality clothing that will set them apart from the mainstream.

Best of all, the street is completely unpretentious; the shops are super-trendy but they make no attempt at being snobbish. For a relaxed and comfortable shopping experience, Fillmore Street is the place to go.

HAYES VALLEY

Shoppers head to Hayes Valley for the sheer diversity of shops in the area; you can pick up some interesting and unusual items – even a leather buffalo chair.

Once an area avoided by respectable citizens, the former low-life district underwent a transformation in the 1990s and has emerged as one of the premier shopping destinations in the city.

SACRAMENTO STREET

A pleasure to walk around, Sacramento Street is also one of the classiest shopping areas in San Francisco.

Full of upscale one-of-a-kind boutiques selling everything from clothing to antiques, the street is the place to go to spend a pleasant afternoon’s shopping, and the chance to take in some of the finest views in San Francisco.

GUMP’S

Union Square is also home to Gump’s, one of the most famous shops in the city, which features up-market designers and a wide range of home décor furnishing, gifts, jewelry and much more.

The 19th century store has become a San Francisco institution and is a great place to pick up gifts and wedding presents. An elegant shopping experience that few shops can rival, Gump’s is open every day of the week.

+1 415 982 1616

135 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108

www.gumps.com

FASHION AND ACCESSORIES

BULGARI Phone: +1 415 399 9141 Address: 237 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.bulgari.com
BURBERRY Phone: +1 415 392 2200 Address: 225 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.burberry.com
CHANEL Phone: +1 415 981 1550 Address: 156 Geary Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.chanel.com
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN BARNEY’S NEW YORK Address: 77 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco 94108 Phone: +1 415 268 3500
NEIMAN MARCUS Phone: +1 415 362 3900 Address: 150 Stockton Street
NORDSTROM Phone: +1 415 243 8500 Address: 865 Market Street SAKS
FIFTH AVENUE Phone: +1 415 986 4300 Address: 384 Post Street
WILKES BASHFORD Phone: +1 415 986 4380 Address: 375 Sutter Street Website: www.christianlouboutin.com
DONNA KARAN NEIMAN MARCUS Phone: +1 415 362 3900 Address: 150 Stockton St.
B. NORDSTROM Phone: +1 415 243 8500 Address: San Francisco Center, 865 Market Street
C. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Phone: +1 415 986 4300 Address: 384 Post Street Website: www.donnakaran.com
GIORGIO ARMANI Phone: +1 415 434 2500 Address: 278 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.giorgioarmani.com
GIVENCHY BARNEY’S NEW YORK Phone: +1 415 268 3500 Address: 77 O’Farrell Street Website: www.givenchy.fr
 
GUCCI Phone: +1 415 392 2808 Address: 240 Stockton Street, One Union Square Building, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.gucci.com
HERMÈS Phone: +1 415 391 7200 Address: 125 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.hermes.com
ISSEY MIYAKE C. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Phone: +1 415 986 4300 Address: 384 Post Street,San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.isseymiyake.com
JIMMY CHOO BLOOMINGDALE’S Phone: +1 415 957 0649 Address: 845 Market Street, San Francisco, 94103 Website: www.jimmychoo.com
MICHAEL KORS BLOOMINGDALE’S Phone: +1 415 957 0649 Address: 845 Market Street, San Francisco, 94103 Website: www.jimmychoo.com
LOUIS VUITTON Phone: +1 415 391 6200 Address: 233 Geary Street, Union Square Website: www.louisvuitton.com
MANOLO BLAHNIK BARNEY’S NEW YORK Phone: +1 415 268 3500 Address: 77 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.manoloblahnik.com
MARC JACOBS Phone: +1 415 362 6500 Address: 125 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.marcjacobs.com
MARINA MORRISON Phone: +1 415 984 9360 Address: 30 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.marinamorrison.com
OSCAR DE LA RENTA NEIMAN MARCUS Phone: +1 415 362 3900 Address: 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 94108 C.
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Phone: +1 415 986 4300 Address: 384 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.oscardelarenta.com
POLO RALPH LAUREN Phone: +1 415 788 7656 Address: 90 Post Street, Crocker Galleria Website: www.ralphlauren.com
PRADA Phone: +1 415 848 1900 Address: 201 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.prada.com
 
RALPH LAUREN Phone: +1 415 440 6536 Address: 2040 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, 94115 Website: www.ralphlauren.com
RUGBY Phone: +1 415 771 8714 Address: 2071 Union Street, San Francisco, 94123 Website: www.rugby.com
 ZEGNA NEIMAN MARCUS Phone: +1 415 362 3900 Address: 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.zegna.com
 
 

JEWELRY AND WATCHES

 
BAUME Phone: +1 415 771 9055 Address: 325 Mason Street, San Francisco, 94102 Website: www.baume-et-mercier.com
CARTIER ELAN OPTICAL Phone: +1 415 626 8301 Address: 888 Brannan Street, Suite 194, Jewelry Mart, San Francisco, 94103
BOUTIQUE CARTIER Phone: +1 415 397 3180 Address: 250 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.cartier.com
CHOPARD NEIMAN MARCUS Phone: +1 415 362 3900 Address: 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.chopard.com
DE BEERS Phone: +1 415 391 1400 Address: 185 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.debeers.com
JADE GALORE Phone: +1 415 702 9388 Address: Stonestown Galleria, 3251 20th Avenue Website: www.jadegalore.com
MONTBLANC BOUTIQUE Phone: +1 415 403 4000 Address: 120 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.montblanc.com
SHAPUR Phone: +1 415 392 6660 Address: 272 Post Street, San Francisco, 94108 Website: www.chopard.com
SHREVE & CO Phone: +1 415 421 2600 Address: 200 Post Street, San Francisco, 94109 Website: www.shreve.com
TIFFANY & CO Phone: +1 425 781 7000 Address: 350 Post Street on Union Square Website: www.tiffany.com
TOURNEAU Phone: +1 415 979 0498 Address: 845 Market Street, Space 129 Website: www.tourneau.com