a flipino international megabrand of casual wear and then some, similar to a marks & spencer kind of store but way way less on price but not in quality and now here in the USA. The mercandise is similar to Gap here in the US. Bench was started by a filipino taipan named Ben Chan in the 1980's. this brand is now more famous than other filipino brands like penshoppe, colezziones and is the first filipino brand to be marketed here in the United States (it has branches in China, Dubai, Quatar, Hongkong).
What to buy: a lot, you can buy the iconic Polo Shirts with map of the Philippine Islands (you must wear one if your are a filipino-american) that costs $ 16 a piece and the sizes are filipino size. you can also buy assorted shirts, girl items like bags, kits, shoes and other stuffs. the store is a piece of nostalgia in the middle of the filipino area os serramonte in Daly City.
What to pay: again $ 16 for a polo shirt, $ 12 for a t-shirt, $ 20 for a ladies bag and a lot more.
sometimes cheaper than costco. Target Greatland is a Large chain of hypermarkets nationwide (hypermarkets are like membership clubs, offering whosesale prices especially when buying in bulk but has no annual membership dues). Target Greatland originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1902 and expanded. Target Greatland carry a larger selection of general merchandise than a basic Target store; however, though they carry more groceries than a typical Target store, they do not have a full-line of groceries like meat, bakery, deli, produce and dairy (which Costco has). Super Target Stores have those products though but there is none near here.
After shopping, you can eat at the in house KFC Store or at Round Table Pizza nearby or just buy beer at Bevmo.
What to buy: a lot, cheap especially if you woud buy the frozen hickory chicken wings and tequila chicken wings which are my favorites at $ 6.99 a pound. DVD's at $ 9.50 to 12 and the large bags of Hershey's Mini Chocolates at $ 7.50 a big pack. How about Napa Wines at $ 20 and Cheaper California Wines (not from Napa Valley) starting at $ 6 (my favorite is the pink cavernet sauvignon). It hass less foodstuffs than costco but have more dry goods stuff like clothes, perfumes, shoes, etc. And you don't need to pay $ 35 for annual memdership dues.
Sometime if you will see that the stuff is sold out, you can just go to their other Branch at Serramonte Mall, which is just 3/4 mile away at I-280.
What to pay: depends on what you buy but is generally cheap
this area is a small mini strip mall filled with small stalls and ethnic convenience stores. Now my favorite place is the St. Francis Liquors and Deli and because they sell way cheaper liquors than Bevmo (although obviously less selections than Bevmo since it's just a small stall). Why a six pack of Buds if cheaper by 15-20% here and also they got my favorite San Miguel Beer from the Philippines again cheaper by 10% than bevmo. Sometimes I also buy lottery tickets and Cigarettes here. They also have a deli shop but I usually buy the beers and the Liqours like Patron Tequila (More Premium than Jose Cuervo, its $ 40 a bottle!) or Hennesy.
What to buy: Beers, Wines and Spirits, Liquor, Cigarettes and Cigars, Deli Stuff and Lotto!
What to pay: way less then Bevmo and a Little Less than Target Greatland or Costco.
Not A Typical Crowded Macy's! since this is located far from downtown San Francisco in Serramonte Center but off course it has less merchandise than the Flagship Store in Union Square in Downtown San Francisco but have the advantage of free parking! (remember parking is atrocious in Downtown San Francisco)
opens: Monday to Wednesday - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday to Saturday - 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday - 11:00am to 6:00pm
What to buy: A Lot Specially if Macy's always mails you coupons like 20% off merchandises or $ 20 off on other purchases or get a 3 day 11% off coupons on any items except perfumes. The best would availing a Macy's Card so you would have a 15% discount and being included in the mailing list for specials and sales at preferential rates. Macy's is a shoppers haven. Where else can you get everything you need under one roof!
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
Victoria's Secret was started in San Francisco, California in 1977 by Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus Roy Raymond, who felt embarrassed trying to purchase lingerie for his wife in very public and awkward department store environment. He opened the first store at Stanford Shopping Center.The stores were meant to create a comfortable environment for men, wood paneled walls, Victorian details, and helpful sales staff. Instead of racks of bras and panties in every size, there were single styles, paired together, and mounted on the wall in frames. Men could browse for styles and then sales staff would help estimate the appropriate size, pulling from inventory in the back. In 1982, after 5 years of operations, Roy Raymond sold the company to The Limited.
Victoria's secret is a specialty retailer of women's intimate apparel and men's perfumes. It has about 1,000 Victoria's Secret lingerie stores and 100 stand-alone Victoria's Secret Beauty Stores in the US, mostly mall-based. It sells bras, panties, hosiery, beauty products, sleepwear, and more. Victoria's Secret mails more than 400 million of its catalogs per year
What to buy: I bought a bunch of Very Sexy For Him 1 and 2 Eau de Cologne 3.4 ounces spray for 55.95 and bought some body sprays for sale for my friends 6 for $30.00 and since my purchases amounted to $170, they gave me 2 pairs fo Victoria's Secret Mini Foot Scrub Set for Free!
What to pay: about $ 45 for a 1.7 ounce male perfume and 55 for 3.4 ounce For Him Cologne. About $ 65 for a 4.2 ounce female perfume, I dont really know the prices for the lingeries and Brassieres since i did not look at them since I am a Straight Guy!
Off Course I'm of Asian Ancestry , particularly Filipino that's why I will promote these markets!
The Manila Oriental Market showcases Filipino and Pan Asian fresh and frozen food selections and assorted mechandise imported around asia like spring rolls from vietnam or philippines or singapore or thailand. Sweet chili sauce from vietnam or thailand, lee kum kee oyster sauce from singapore, Frozen Milk Fish (Bangus) from the philippines and a lot more and they also sell my favorite San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen!
What to buy: if you feel on having an asian fix, you can get frozen, pre-mixed asian food ready to cook or try finding comfort food from your native asian country like dried carabao mangoes from the philippines or just buying ingredients for your asian cooking, this is the place to be since prices are cheap, however it is a 20 minute drive from downtown via I-280 South.
What to pay: $ 2.50 per bottle of San Miguel beer, $ 6 for a 200 gram pack of Dried Mangoes, Dungeness Crabs at $ 8 a pound, Frozen Milkfish (Bangus) at $ 8 a pack and a lot more.
Serramonte is a neighborhood on the border of Daly City and Colma in the suburbs south of San Francisco, California, USA, that is home to numerous shopping malls, strip malls, and big box retailers. The nexus of Serramonte is Serramonte Center, an expansive shopping mall near the intersection of State Route 1 and Interstate 280, in the triangle formed by Callan Boulevard, Serramonte Boulevard, and Junipero Serra Boulevard.
Serramonte Shopping Center is a premier shopping destination for San Francisco and the Peninsula conveniently located in Daly City off Hwy 280 and Serramonte Blvd just 12 minutes from SOMA via I-280. With the closest Target to the city, Macy's, Mervyn's, more than 120 shops and the new Barracuda Japanese Restaurant, there's truly something for everyone at Serramonte!
What to buy: The massive Serramonte Center contains more than 120 stores selling everything from jewelry to juice, making it a prime destination for Peninsula shoppers. Ample parking and an extended holiday schedule make this center particularly attractive to weekend perusers. The galleria houses Macy's and Mervyn's department stores as well as Foot Locker, Victoria's Secret, my favorite See's Candy, Hot Topic, Forever 21, Good Guys, Perfumania, Hot Dog on a Stick, and the Silver and Gold Connection and the famous philippine version of gap called "BENCH", Manila Bay Restaurant and other filipino outlets since this area is home to many filipinos.
Opens: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 11am-7pm
What to pay: cheap, but cheaper if you go to the premium factory outlet malls in petaluma in the north or gilroy in the south.