‘Tis the season for loving, giving and, of course, shopping! Christmas season is the best time of the year not only because everyone’s ready to kick back and start their holiday vacation, it’s also the best time to do shopping sprees. Whether you’re trying to finish ticking off your long list of holiday presents for your family and friends or just plain splurging on yourself, San Francisco is home to a handful of shopper-friendly neighborhoods and commercial districts brimming with high-end boutiques, trend-conscious local shops, unique vintage stores and everything else in-between. Here is a list of the best places to drop by during your Holiday shopping here in the city:
1. Union Square
Without a doubt, Union square is the heart of the city’s glamorous shopping mecca. Prominent department stores such as Macy’s, Barney’s and Neiman Marcus are a staple to experienced shoppers here in San Francisco. There are also promising newcomers to the shopping industry such as the John Varvatos, Fresh, Inc. and Uniqlo if you want a fresh and unique shopping experience. Lastly, you can’t miss out the premier luxury boutiques (Prada, Burberry, and Dior) and massive shopping experiences like theLevis flagship store, Britex and Gump’s.
Once you’ve rounded up Union Square, delight yourself with the ultimate style collection in Westfield San Francisco Centre, the West Coast flagship Bloomingdale’s, the second largest Nordstrom in the United States, and 200 more different shops and restaurants.
Feeling worn out from all the shopping? Relax in San Francisco’s largest day spa, Burke Williams. Comfy slippers, cucumber slices, plush robes, fresh lemon water and deep soaking tubs, Burke Williams is an experience that offers you the finest in ambiance, service and amenities,
2. Hayes Valley
Discover an eclectic mix of boutiques, high-end restaurants, and hip stores on Hayes Street and browse through well-curated shops that reward bold tastes. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the man of your life, check out the different menswear options such as Welcome Stranger, Azalea and Aether.
Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals and hip, artistic spirit, the Mission District is the best place to cater to your unconventional whims. Enjoy a colorful stretch of blocks with offbeat boutiques and funky ethnic clothing and furniture stores.
Hungry from wandering around? Taste the unique taquerias and fresh produce stands found on every corner of the street.
Feel feel pampered in Fillmore, the home of a great concentration of spas than just about anywhere else in San Francisco. Major health and beauty chains like Jurlique, L’Occitane, Nars and Kiehl’s stand here, and for apparel, Betsey Johnson and Marc by Marc Jacobs along with a dozen other boutiques preside here.
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Enter the Dragon Gates for access to a more-bustling world of shopping in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Weave through the busy streets for carved Buddhas, paper parasols and regal mahogany furniture, perfect for exotic gifts or indulgent tourist fodder. Expect for a gastronomic adventure and be surprised with the different apothecaries that abound this side of San Francisco.