One of the most picturesque cities on the globe, San Francisco is the quintessential melting pot – a paradise for foodies, hippies, architecture enthusiasts, history and culture seekers and serious shoppers. Amidst the untouched beauty, vibrant sights and constant bursts of energy, the hilly metropolis is home to a melancholy of homebred fashion labels, old world bookstores and chic furniture shops.
Embark on a journey with us and travel through our top San Francisco shopping spots – the high fashion boutiques and luxe home décor stores in Noe Valley and Pacific Heights, the chic clothing stores in Hayes Valley and The Mission, and the best of the old and new at North Beach and Jackson Square – beat that Union Square!
It’s impossible to cover the entirety of San Francisco – trust us, even the locals are amazed by its diverse spread – but we’re taken up the challenge to bring you the nooks and crannies of shopping precincts in San Francisco for a refreshing and diverse shopping experience unlike any other. Buckle up Travelshopas! You’re in for the time of your life.
A neighbourhood where art and commerce enthusiasts flock, Hayes Valley boasts an enticing shopping escapade, straying away from ordinary chain stores and cookie-cutter styles. Instead, you get the most eccentric art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques, upscale vintage shops and high-end home & décor shops. The vivid window displays along Octavia Boulevard and Hayes Street are definite feasts to your eyes.
The most historic neighbourhood in San Francisco, Jackson, or rather Jackson Square is San Francisco’s design district – home to award-winning restaurants, sleek art galleries and an elite range of men and women’s fashion boutiques – all of which are tucked inside historic brick buildings. Take advantage of its prime spot and head over to Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District for a complete tourist experience.
Dubbed as one of the cities most family-friendly neighbourhoods, Noe Valley is where you’d most likely settle down with the kids. Clusters of families are seen taking their dogs out for a walk, mums parading around with strollers, kids playing at the park – a common sight in this charming district. After having gone through a successful gentrification, Noe Valley is now filled with hip restaurants and boutiques. The bulk of your shopping – that includes furniture shops, fashion boutiques, and bookstores are congregated on 24th Street, between Guerrero and Diamond Street. Take in the rich Victorian and Edwardian houses along the steep street and finally, steal some views of the lovely neighbourhood at the foot of Twin Peaks.
Situated next to Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach is San Francisco’s little Italy – full of Italian old world charm and Italian restaurants. After stuffing yourselves at the countless bakeries, coffeehouses and Italian delis, tour some unique European-inspired boutiques, vintage bookstores and antique stores along Grant Avenue. History buffs, you’re in for a treat!
Perched above some of San Francisco’s steepest hills, Pacific Heights offers scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Shopping opportunities are aplenty, with of bulk of them congregated at the frisky Fillmore Street. Exuding a charming persona with a touch of class, this luxe stretch is a delightful mishmash. You’ll discover trendy and high fashion boutiques from budding designers. On the other end of the spectrum, you have quaint one-off shops, ranging from ritzy home interior boutiques to speciality beauty stores. End the day at with a cuppa as you people-watch by the bay.
The Mission is also known as the hipster hood of San Francisco. Located down south, the neighbourhood manifests a balance of rich history – homes San Francisco’s oldest building, Mission Dolores – but also has that cutting-edge. Perfect for the young and young at heart. Shopping in The Mission is quite the experience, with off-the-wall boutiques, thrifts shops carrying funky ethnic fashion, florist shops and furniture. Walls and fences of The Mission are adorned with grandiose murals inspired by traditional Mexican paintings. So be sure to keep your cameras handy!