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San Francisco’s Best Shopping Precincts

The best thing about shopping in San Francisco is that there’s a little something for everyone. From vintage clothes to cult vinyl records, the latest leather shoes from Europe to hard-to-find jeans, San Francisco’s shopping destinations do not disappoint.

Take your time strolling along San Francisco’s best streets and discover offbeat boutiques nestled amongst world-class restaurants. Or if big names like Neiman Marcus and Saks are more your thing, head to one of the city’s shopping centres for some serious retail therapy.

With some of the best shopping precincts in the world, it’s time you got familiar with San Francisco’s neighbourhood charm.

​Union Square

​Also known as the shopping hub of San Francisco, Union Square is the home of retail giants like Saks, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. Peruse the surrounding streets and stumble across brands that read like a stocktake of Anna Wintour’s wardrobe, from Prada, Gucci and Hermès, to Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and Cartier.

Union Square, San Francisco

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​Chestnut Street

​Wander down to Chestnut Street and discover unique, quirky stores and some of San Francisco’s best hotels and restaurants. From fashion boutiques specialising in offbeat designs, to florists and grocers, this is one precinct you won’t want to miss. No visit is complete without a stop in at local lingerie brand Chadwicks of London: their French knickers and lacy camisoles give Victoria’s Secret a run for their money.

​Fillmore Street

​If you’re into home furnishings, beauty brands and vintage fashion, Fillmore Street is the place to be. This picturesque part of town is home to interior design stores like Zinc Details and Simon Pearce, as well as fashion designers like Betsy Johnson and Marc Jacobs.

Boutique on Fillmore Street, San Francisco

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​Haight Street

​This area was at the centre of the sixties psychedelic movement and still retains a distinct hippy flavour. A flower child vibe continues to live on in the many small fashion and accessory stores, catering to bargain lovers on the hunt for great vintage finds. With over 100,000 CDs, vinyl and cassettes at any given time, Amoeba Records and its 24,000 square feet of music are a musical drawcard.

Haight Street, San Francisco

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​The Mission

​If you’re after something a little out of the ordinary, then the Mission is your place. Here you’ll find vintage furniture, thrift stores and Mexican folk art stores as far as the eyes can see. From vintage hipster wear and unique fashion pieces to fringed hippy vests for your toddler, this is eclectic fashion at its best.

Typical Mission District architecture

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​Hayes Valley

​With art galleries, wine bars and unique boutiques, Hayes Valley is one neighbourhood where you should take your time. You’ll find fashion stores like Acrimony and Azalea that specialise in elusive international labels, European shoe stores catering to both men and women, and Residents Apparel Gallery (RAG) – a boutique that showcases the creations of local designers.

​Castro

​From leather pants to Italian teapots, the Castro shopping district is smack bang in the heart of San Francisco’s gay culture. The fashion-forward area is known for his quirky homewares and novelty gifts.

The Castro

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​Noe Valley

​This is the part of town that foodies flock to. Pop into 24th Street Cheese Company to taste test some of the world’s best cheeses or satisfy your craving for baked goodness at the Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Company. And if you’ve got room left over, no trip is complete without a visit to sample the local organic produce at the Farmers’ Markets.

Noe Valley Farmers' Market

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