Pier 39, San Francisco
I know is tourist and prices here are far expensive compared to outside this area. But the buildings are just great, the way they had brought the old style. I just love it.
Ok there is more than shops, also restaurants, ice cream shops, etc….
"Lend me your ear"
I had been told I had to visit this shop by a friend (Gillybob) who knew my passion for the unique! I'm so glad I took her recommendation and visited Harry Mason!
Whilst browsing in this shop, a VERY helpful assistant came to show me the range of earrings Harry Mason offer.
You are able to try the earrings on that you like (they are all cleaned and sterilized before and after they are put into your ear), have a look in mirros and decide whether that particular design is for you, or whether you'd like to try another design.
You are asked by the assistant "Lend me your ear" so they can put the earring in for you.
The shop has large glass display areas so it is easy to see the merchandise.
I didn't feel pressured to by anything and was left to look in my own time before I asked for the help that had been offered.
What to buy: The earrings!
Have a look at the pictures at the top of this page and see some of the designs from my own collection!
They have gold and silver designs.
I have since bought from Harry Mason over their internet site.
Easy to do; quick distribution; most credit cards accepted; leflet of special offers.
People always ask me how I get them into my ears!
What to pay: It can be expensive. You can spend from $20 to $100.
These designs are so amazing and unique, if you love earring like I do - it's well worth the money! :)
Pier 39 is the heart of the tourist and entertainment district on the San Francisco Bay. It offers 110 shops which cater virtually every whim one can imagine. There are also numerous resturants with a view and entertainment venues. This is also the place to get your tickets for harbour cruises, ferries across the bay, and trips to Alcratraz Island. It's touristy for sure, but then we are tourists after all. No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a stroll around Pier 39.
What to buy: Cheap trinkets to fine gifts and everything in between.
What to pay: With so many shops in the area, prices can be very competitive.
Chocolate Heaven is one of the many shops located at Pier 39. My wife and I both enjoy a good piece of chocolate and decided to check this place out. The majority of the items are packaged as "souvenirs" of SF with Trolly shapes, Gold Gate Bridge pictures on boxes and that sort. Being that it is SF, it is Ghirardelli territory, so there were lots of Ghirardelli chocolates. Neither of us likes Ghirardelli chocolate and couldn't find any chocolate that peaked our interest or our tastebuds so we moved on.
The famous Pier 39 offers a lot of tourist attractions. You can find there the Under Water World Aquarium, a wax-museum and a lot of nice little shops.
I liked best the NFL/NBA/MLB-shop that sells sports goods and fan-articles.
There a´ra also great pubs to have a drink in.
But pay attention to the prices: it can be very expensive!!!
What to buy: everything: from art to souvenirs
What to pay: some of the shops can be very expensive
This just one of those typical stores you will only find in San Francisco. It houses the most memorable souvenirs which celebrate the beauty and magic of San Francisco ever since the cable is driving its way in an around the beautiful city.
It has (related to the cable car):
* Photo frames;
* Plush bears;
All you want!!!
Pier 39 is a cluster of 110 stores and restaurants on a pier into the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Island can be easily seen from there.
What to buy: Nearly everything is available, but I bought postcards and cookies from a kiosks that sold just that and I visited a shop that specialised in clothing with logos of professional sports teams.
What to pay: High rents and taxes necessitate higher prices, but bargains can be found.
There is a huge variety of shops at the pier - not too tacky either! some excellent craft shops as well as a football shop that Chic could not tear himself away from!
What to buy: Russian dolls
What to pay: reasonable amounts!
Ghirardelli for better gifts.
Wharf & pier 39 for tourist tat.
We all do it. I bought a cable car.
This shop is great for souvenir shopping. Its supposed to be the largest retail store of San Francisco gifts, memorabilia and souvenirs. They are right on Pier 39 on the left.
Santa's Workshop is open all year round and is fully of lights and tinsel and all kinds of ornaments and decorations you can think of. Its a great place to escape into for a little while.
Hard Rock Cafe also sells lots of memorabilia. Such as tee shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, caps, golf balls, beach towels, teddy bear's jewelry, all with their famous logo.