Whether it’s for a black tie gala or just a brunch in the Marina outfit, San Francisco offers so many options to everyone, locals and visitors alike. Here’s a list of the top 5 areas to shop in San Francisco and what for.
1 Union Square
The ultimate shopping destination, Union Square houses not only the holy trinty of Saks, Barneys and Neimans, but also has all the finest designer stores like Hermes, Chanel, Cartier and Graff. However it also has high street brands like Zara, BCBG and the Westfield Mall is anchored by Bloomingdale's and Nordstroms. From childrenswear at Janie and Jack inside the Westfield Mall to fine silverware at Christofle, these 6 square blocks in the heart of San Francisco is a consumer's paradise. The best part is there's always something festive going on inside the actual Union Square, so give your credit card a 15 minute rest and go skating or have a coffee in the sun.
2 Around Hayes Street in Hayes Valley
For those in search of something edgier, funkier and contemporary, head over to Hayes Valley where Acrimony curates the cooler than school brands like minimarket, Kai-akkmann and Rodebjer and Azalea stocks the best selection of must-have denim brands like Nudie or hipster/prepster classics like A.P.C. and Acne. Inside on Gough is a wonderful decor store that everyone dreams of having their apartment done up as. There's also Nida which carries Isabel Marant's must have effortlessly chic pieces. Treat yourself to some macarons as well from Chantel Guillon while you're there.
3 Union and Chestnut Street in Marina
Perfect for the perennial prepsters and greek life grads who are found boisterously bonding over brunch, there's a Ralph Lauren Rubgy, The Blue Jeans Bars, Jack's, LF store, Ambiance and Lululemon to cater to their very dressing needs. Thrown in between are unqiue stores like Uko who caters to off-beat dressers in their 40s who like Japanese street style or Porto, an Italian emporium. With its singles-to-couples kind of atmosphere, Marina of course has lots of bridal friendly shops like Bella Bridesmaids and Jinza. But the biggest shopping ploy here is boozy Sunday shopping with all its wonderful restaurants and bloody mary's that can cause great consternation later when mixed with credit cards and a cute top.
SoMais the best area for interior decor. From modern design name plates like Bo Concept, Roche Bobois, Room and Board, to great local Italian distributors like Limn, Jesse SF and KD, this is the area to hit up when you move or redecorate. H.D. Buttercup, a L.A. based furniture store, recently opened up shop here in SOMA SF as well and it has great unique pieces like bowler hat lights as seen in Gossip Girl. Since everything is pretty spaced out, it's best to drive around the area to shop and stop off at 25 Lusk for a cocktail if you get tired.
5 Filmore in Pacific Heights
To get your Dries Van Noten or Alexander McQueen fix, head over to the Fillmore shopping stretch where there's the high end shopping emporiums of Cielo and Curve. There's also Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexis Bittar, Shu Uemera and Design Within Reach for your shiny, sparkly needs. Classics like Black Fleece and Jigsaw round out the street. Fuel up at SPQR (our March Madness Restaurant Winner!) after a long day of conspicuous consumption.