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Shopping in San Francisco

Union Square is the heart of San Francisco's shopping scene, but for inexpensive gifts, Chinatown is best. For vintage fashion and rare CDs, Haight Street's La Rosa and Amoeba Records are the places to go. In North Beach it's about poetry from City Lights Books, while foodies love Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero. For indoor shopping, try Market Street's modern Westfield San Francisco Centre. Most stores are open daily 10am to 6pm.

Biordi Art Imports, San Francisco
City Lights Books, San Francisco
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City Lights Books

Beat generation bookstore

Founded in 1953, this literary landmark in North Beach is owned by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the renowned Beat Generation poet. Three-level City Lights Books carries a comprehensive collection of world literature, art and political paperbacks, as well as more mainstream books.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-12am

Address

261, Columbus Avenue, North Beach, San Francisco CA 94133

Telephone

+1 415 362 8193

Transport

Bus 12, 15, 30, 41, 45 or 83 to North Beach

Website

City Lights Books Website

Amoeba Records, San Francisco. Photo by Jade H
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Amoeba Records

New and used CDs

This cavernous Amoeba Records store on upper Haight Street houses one of the US's best selections of new and used records and CDs, including many independent labels. The heavily tattooed staff are happy to recommend some great music for you.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10.30am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm

Address

1855, Haight Street, San Francisco CA 94117

Telephone

+1 415 831 1200

Transport

Bus 6, 7 or 71 to Haight Street with Masonic Avenue

Website

Amoeba Records Website

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La Rosa

Vintage clothing store

Of the many vintage clothing shops along upper Haight Street, La Rosa offers the best selection of high-quality, upscale and dry-cleaned second-hand goods. Formal suits and dresses are its speciality, but you'll also find sport coats, slacks and shoes.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-7pm

Address

1711, Haight Street, San Francisco 94117

Telephone

+1 415 668 3744

Transport

Muni buses 6, 7, 33, 43, 71

Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco. Photo by John Martin
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Westfield San Francisco Centre

Spectacular downtown mall

The 139,355m² Westfield San Francisco Centre in the downtown area is one of the few vertical malls in the United States. A spectacular century-old three-story dome towers above more than 170 speciality stores and the Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's department stores.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 10am-8.30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Address

865, Market Street, San Francisco CA 94103

Telephone

+1 415 512 6776

Transport

BART to Powell Street Station and bus 5, 6, 7, 9, 21, 31 and 66 to 5th and Market Street

Website

Westfield San Francisco Centre Website

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Gimme Shoes

Stylish footwear

Gimme Shoes in Hayes Valley is the city's trendiest footwear emporium, selling the latest boots, heels, athletic shoes, loafers, sandals and accessories for both men and women. Brands range from Paul Smith and Puma to many lesser-known European designers.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 12pm-6pm

Address

416, Hayes Street, San Francisco CA 94102

Telephone

+1 415 864 0691

Transport

Powell/Hyde cable car or bus 21 to Hayes

Website

Gimme Shoes Website

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Ferry Building Marketplace

Artisan food shops

The Ferry Building Marketplace is a one-stop shop for some of the city's finest food products. Located within the beautifully renovated Ferry Building on the Embarcadero are numerous artisan shops selling chocolates, cheeses, teas, herbs, shellfish and much more.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm

Address

One Ferry Building, Market Street, Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111

Telephone

+1 415 693 0996

Transport

Bus 2, 7, 12, 14, 21, 66, 71m or BART/Muni F Line to Embarcadero

Website

Ferry Building Marketplace Website

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Zinc Details

Contemporary home accessories

This pricey contemporary furniture and home accessories shop in Pacific Heights is renowned for its collection of modern glass vases, pendant lights, and ceramics. Original designs from local craftspeople share floor space with international classics. It's great for gift shopping.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 12pm-6pm

Address

1905, Fillmore Street, San Francisco CA 94115

Telephone

+1 415 776 2100

Transport

Bus 1, 3 or 22 to Fillmore Street area (with Bush and Pine)

Website

Zinc Details Website

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The Chinatown Kite Shop

Kites of all kinds

The Chinatown Kite Shop's assortment of flying objects range from hand-painted Chinese paper kites and windsocks to wood-and-paper biplanes, pentagonal kites, stunt kites, and do-it-yourself kite kits. Everything sold here is great for souvenirs or decorations.



Opening Hours

Daily 10am-8.30pm

Address

717, Grant Avenue, San Francisco CA 94108

Telephone

+1 415 989 5182

Transport

Bus 1, 30 or 45 to Chinatown

Website

The Chinatown Kite Shop Website

Biordi Art Imports, San Francisco
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Biordi Art Imports

Italian ceramic store

For more than 60 years the owner of Biordi Art Imports has been importing decorative Italian Majolica-style ceramics to sell at his store in North Beach. These exquisite hand-painted collectibles range from coffee cups and vases to 12-piece dinner sets.



Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 11am-5pm; Sat 9.30am-5pm

Address

412, Columbus Avenue, San Francisco CA 94133

Telephone

+1 415 392 8096

Transport

Bus: 15, 30, 41, or 45 to North Beach

Website

Biordi Website

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