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    City Lights Books
    by zChris
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    FAO Schwartz toy store...
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    the Boutiques of Cow Hollow

    by gkitzmil Updated Oct 5, 2003

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    CO HOLLOW

    Favorite thing: What a name... but don't let the name fool you. This wonderful area is full of boutiques, shops, coffee houses, and a nice little pizza place that I came to like (forget the name, though --just wander).

    Fondest memory: Wandering and enjoying the cool weather and sunshine.

    Head to Fillmore and Union and wander around

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    Shopping !!

    by neopetsfan Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    My mother having fun shopping.. lol

    Favorite thing: One of my favorite shoppingcenters is Nordstrom. Located on the border of the Union Square neighborhood at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets, across from the Powell Street cable car turnaround, the Centre is a vertical nine-level collection of merchandise unlike any other in S.F. with Nordstrom on the top five floors,and 90 other top retailers on the remaining four levels.My mother had a great day, she loves shopping!You can see her wave on the stairs.

    In this shoppingcenter all levels are connected by spiral escalators.

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  • Bookstores

    by zChris Updated Jun 17, 2003

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    City Lights Books

    Favorite thing: Not Borders in Union Square or Barnes and Noble at Fisherman's Wharf, a real bookstore. While San Francisco is not known as a literary city of the likes of New York, Boston, or the great European centres, it has had its fair share of litarary notables, including Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recently, in the 1950s, San Francisco played host to the 'beat' movement, which stressed counterculture. Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac have since become San Francisco's literary stars. Another famous beat-era poet was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who still operates the famous City Lights Booksellers and Publishers on Columbus Avenue in North Beach (pictured). City Lights, next to the equally famous beat-era Caf? Vesuvio, was home to alternative poetry readings and rantings. Unfortunately, its location in now-trendy North Beach makes it fall prey to tourists who have little appreciation for the character of the store or its history. The store, with its narrow and now packed and crowded aisles, is now not so much a place for quiet contemplation as for brisk consumerism. However, Ferlinghetti still, thankfully, hosts poetry readings here. Although City Lights, undoubtedly the city's most well-known bookstore, has lost some of its lustre, San Francisco is chock-full of other stores, each one seemingly more radical than the other. Some of the highlights include A Different Light, on Castro Street, which sells exclusively gay and lesbian litrature, Modern Times, in the Mission District, which is known for its communist affiliations, and the Bound Together Anarchist Book Cooperative on Haight Street which rather exemplifies the nature of its neighbourhood. Apart from these stores, which have achieved semi-fame, there are many bookshops in the Mission (seemingly every block has one), Noe Valley, and the Haight. Downtown seems to have many small and hidden bookshops as well.

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    Relive childhood...

    by Cabana_Boy Updated Nov 19, 2002

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    FAO Schwartz toy store...

    Favorite thing: As I said on my "intro" page, I really think the Christmas Season is perhaps the best time to visit San Francisco. Head down to the area around Union Square, all the shops and streets are decorated and there lots of people hustling about. It gives you that great feeling of being in the middle of a fast-paced, big city world...

    Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories of being in San Francisco during Christmas was going to FAO Schwarz toy store. It made me feel like a little kid again.

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  • San Francisco is wonderful all...

    by KenicKie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: San Francisco is wonderful all over. it is the home of Levi jeans, Gap Clothing, and neaby is the home of the Jelly belly beans!!!! There isnt one single thing that i dislike about san francisco because it is just perfect!

    Fondest memory: i loved chinatown!!!!!!!!!! we walked around the quaint little shops and it was amazin all the quality souvinirs and things u cud buy there, for so cheap!!!! we went to one of the restaurants and the food was brilliant!

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    go SHOPPING at Union...

    by Krystynn Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go SHOPPING at Union Square - the shopping hub in the city!

    Every major haute couture, jewelry and department store has a presence here... including Neiman-Marcus (my fave!), Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and Nordstrom (another fave of mine).

    You must also go shopping down at Fisherman's Wharf and up at Market Street.

    Oh, and who can forget the beautiful Embarcadero Center and Ghirardelli Square too?!

    Fondest memory: Stopping by the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store (at Stockton Street) made me feel as if I were a little girl again! The toys found at this 3-storey building is unbelievable!!!! Some of the stuff animals are at least 6ft tall, I reckon. Awesome. Man, the prices here also go along with the size of the toys. I can't even afford to buy a doll (to add in to my current ever-increaasing doll collection) from this place.

    Yeah, this place is certainly no Toys 'R' Us but it's still worth checking out.

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    There are such wonderful...

    by Krisanne Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: There are such wonderful things to see in San Francisco - the Golden Gate bridge, Alcatraz and the Pier. There is also great shopping and lots of buskers lining the sidewalks. Terrific restaurants and eateries and we sampled a lot of them! We loved seeing Maceys all decorated for Christmas. Travelling around the city was easy as you can buy a pass thet allows you to use all the facilities, such as, the buses, trams and trains.

    Fondest memory: San Frqncisco was the highlight of our trip to the west coast of America and we have lots of wonderful memories, such as having dinner at Cliff House overlooking the ocean as the sun was setting. We travelled there from the city by bus and then walked up to the restaurant.

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    Jewelry in S.F..

    by neopetsfan Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    Just a picture of my and my dad in front of C.T..

    Favorite thing: If you're searching for some fine jewelry you should go and visit Tung Lee in China Town. Great jewelry for a nice price and lovely salespersons!!

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    Go shopping in and around...

    by jrs1234 Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go shopping in and around Union Square. I think my favourite store was the FAO Schwarz toy shop (I was looking for toys for my nephews, honest!). Lots of fun!

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    go to the Embarcadero Center,...

    by Hawk269 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: go to the Embarcadero Center, if you like shopping. Don't forget to check out the water sculpture in the back - which Bono (of U2) vandalized in the 80's.

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