Shopping Centers / Malls, San Francisco
The Embarcadero Center is a mixed office and shopping center built in the early 1970s as part of an "urban renewal" program for the Embarcadero area of downtown San Francisco. It is between the Financial District and the Ferry Building. Because of its location, it tends to be rather empty and closed up after 5 pm and on weekends, since the area is primarily the financial and business district of San Francisco and the whole Financial District, though alive with activity during the week days, shuts down after hours. However, it is a convenient location for shopping, or eating a snack at a coffee house, etc., if you are in the location. This is especially true if you are staying at the Hyatt Regency, which adjoins the centre, or taking a ferry.
In addition, it is an interesting and, to me, very attractive complex of buildings, a nice example of good brutalist architecture, like some other nearby buildings. It has many interesting and dramatic visuals.
People may also remember this from the 1979 film Time After Time. It was through this here that Malcolm McDowell chased David Warner. People may also recognise this from the film The Conversation, with Gene Hackman, for it is the setting for the office of the character played by Robert Duvall and his assistant, played by a young Harrison Ford. In both films, the distinctive brutalist modernist architecture and tile floor with its circular pattern are clearly visible.
The Shops at Tanforan is actually far from the Downtown area and is located in the City of San Bruno in San Mateo County but if you want to shop like what a local bay area native does, without the crowds and this Mall is your best bet. Although I prefer to Shop at the Huge Serramonte Mall in Daly City/Colma border (near the I-280 South freeway entrance), the there is no BART access to the Serramonte Mall but the good news is that here in Tanforan Mall, there is a BART Station just a 5 minute walk from the mall so that you can just hop on the Bart and drop by here to shop. The Tanforan mall was formerly a horse racetrack and became a shopping mall in 1971 and underwent renovation and re opened in 2005. The Huge mall is like a typical Suburban Mall without the crowds and unlike my favorite Union Square and Embarcadero Areas, it is not congested here and the best part is that parking is free.
What to buy: This huge suburban mall has big name retailers like Sears, Target, and JCPenney, as well as a Century Theatres. There are many shops inside like victoria secret, old navy, hollister and more They also have a big food court with my favorite Panda Express, Sorabol and Jollibee as tenants and don't forget the huge Hooters at the Second Floor.
if you want to buy off season designer stuff like shoes or bags or clothes, there is a Marshall's Store at the Strip Mall called San Bruno Town Center located across the street from the Tanforan Mall.
Mon-Sat 10 am - 9 pm
Sun 11 am - 7 pm
What to pay: not a dent on your wallet. More discounts if you cross the street and shop at Marshall's at the nearby Strip Mall of San Bruno Town Center
The Westfield is a huge mall right in the heart of the city. The mall is a large structure with a domed ceiling. Inside there are plenty of stores to suite any taste and buget. The malls also has some incredible food options in their food court to grab a bite after some serious shopping.
Whenever my wife and I are in SF; we stop here for some retail therapy. Some of our favorite stores are here: Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Tourneau, Bose, Tommy Bahama, Michael Kors, J. Crew, Sanrio, White House Black Market and Victoria's Secret. Our last trip to SF in February, we enjoyed a nice day of shopping as well as some snacking in the food court.
What to buy: Anything you could possibly want or need.
MyWife is a huge devotee to Michael Kors and loves his handbags. The shop in the Westfield Mall is one of her favorites when we are here in SF. During a recent MR to SF we stopped in to see if they had a bag that my wife had wanted. Upon entering we were greeted by a sales associate "L.A" who my wife loved instantly. At this point I became the background as the two of them flitted around the store trying on bag after bag and enjoying themselves. It was rather comical to watch the two of them desribing bags as "delicious" and "yummy" as I sat back taking it all in. After about 45 minutes of their perusing the store and having a grand time with each other; my wife decided on her bag of choice.
She chose the Edie Large Shoulder tote in Vanilla. L.A. was as thrilled with her choice as she was as I headed to the register to pay for the bag. After exchanging cards and several hugs(my wife & LA); my wife ans I left with her new "baby" as she calls her bag. that afternoon my wife recieved a voicemail from LA professing how much he "Looooves her and misses her"...too funny.
What to buy: Our most recent purchase was the Edie Large Shoulder Tote in Vanilla. The bag was $540 with tax.
The mall is situated in the heart of the city just two blocks from Union Square and is open from Monday till Saturday from 10:00 am till 8:30 pm (on Sunday it's open from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm). Keep in mind that the working hours of the Department stores Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's have different working time than the centre itself. This west coast flagship of Bloomingdale’s and the second-largest Nordstrom in the United States hosts more than 170 boutigues including the designer brands Michael Kors, Herve Leger, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, etc. You can spend great time also in the numerous restaurants (LarkCreekSteak and Pan-Asian Straits to name a few) and watch some of the latest movies at Century San Francisco Centre 9 at Westfield San Francisco Centre.
What to buy: Check the first Edition by Banana Republic that is providing limited-edition accessories.
Again My favorite factory outlet ever is the Gilroy Premium Outlets but a close second will be here in Vacaville which has a slightly smaller store selection (145 in Gilroy and 120 in Vacaville and 55 in Petaluma) and all are owned by the Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Among it's premium tenants include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Jones New York, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Bass, Adidas, Banana Republic, Gap, Kenneth Cole and a way way lot more but less than Gilroy, for example, my favorite Cole Haan is not available at Vacaville. When travelling to Davis or Reno to visit friends and to gamble, I sometimes pass by Vacaville since it is just across from Interstate 80 east.
The only downside if youre a tourist in San Francisco is that it is way too far as you must rent a car or Get A BAY AREA Premium Shopping Tour via www.outlethop.com/ and their number is (415) 747-2229 Toll-Free: (888) 483-5566 and is also available for Petaluma and Gilroy outlet shopping tours, they carge a flat $ 75 for the outlets tour for any of the three.
What to buy: a lot! Vacaville Premium Outlets has everything for every budget hehehe an since I'm known as a splurge type of person, I will buy tommy hilfiger polo shirts at $ 39.99 buy one 50% off on next shirt and buy polo ralph lauren polo shirts, the new ones at $ 69,99 a piece and the classic polo shirts at $ 39.99 a piece then go to nautica to buy again polo shirts at $ 39.99 piece with again 50% off o the second piece plus the leather belts at $14.99 and the wallets at $ 19.99. if you are patient shopper like me, this is the place to go and you will spend the whole day o even two just to get around this huge complex.
Mondays - Saturdays
10 AM - 9 PM
10 AM - 6 PM
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!!!!!
Gilroy Premium outlets is the Largest Factory outlet stores around the bay area, the other outlets are in Petaluma north of the Golden Gate Bridge at 55 stores and at Vacaville along Interstate 80 east with 80 stores and Gilroy, which is 1 hour drive away via US 101 South with 145 stores! I love going to Gilroy and this is the best outlet store ever in terms of the number of shops and choices !!! Owned by the Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public U.S. real estate company. Among it's premium tenants include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Hugo Boss, J. Crew, Jones New York, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Bass, Cole Haan, DKNY, Adidas, Banana Republic, Gap, Kenneth Cole and a way way lot more!
The only downside if youre a tourist in San Francisco is that it is way too far as you must rent a car or Get A BAY AREA Premium Shopping Tour via www.outlethop.com/ and their number is (415) 747-2229 Toll-Free: (888) 483-5566 and is also available for Petaluma and Vacaville outlet shopping tours, they carge a flat $ 75 for the outlets tour for any of the three.
What to buy: Gilroy has everything for every budget hehehe an since I'm known as a splurge type of person, I will buy tommy hilfiger polo shirts at $ 39.99 buy one 50% off on next shirt and buy polo ralph lauren polo shirts, the new ones at $ 69,99 a piece and the classic polo shirts at $ 39.99 a piece then go to nautica to buy again polo shirts at $ 39.99 piece with again 50% off o the second piece. as for shoes, i love the adidas store where I buy rubber shoes for just $ 59.99 a pair or Nike at $ 64.99 a pair and for leather shoes, I love Cole Haans and the nike air bottoms there costs just $ 102 a pair with a 50% off and another 50 % off o the price.
if you are patient shopper like me, this is the place to go and you will spend the whole day o even two just to get around this huge complex.
Mondays - Saturdays
10 AM - 9 PM
10 AM - 6 PM
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!!!
Stonestown boasts more than 130 sought-after retailers such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma, Borders, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and a brand-new Apple Computer store. All in one convenient location, with acres of free parking. The anchors like Macy's and Nordstrom are two stories, but most in-line stores are one story. The hallways form a plus, with Macy's on the west side, and Nordstrom and Borders Books and Music on the east side. There are four wings, two on level one and two on level two. A food court is located on the second story area so please see my restaurant tips for additional pictures.
What to buy: Something for everyone! There's Macy's, Nordstrom's, J-Jill, Wet Seal, American Eagle, GAP, Claire's, Bath and Body Works, J-Crew, Abecrombie and Fitch, Border's bookstore, Chevy's, Olive Garden, Banana Republic, Aeropostale, Victorias Secret, Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Bebeand a ton of shoe stores.Stonestown is a little more upscale than my Favorite Serramonte mall
Opens: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm
What to pay: maxx out you credit card!
Discount shopping is easily done in San Francsico, and a short walk from Union Square to much cheaper designer items - if you want good deals on Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Nine West, Liz Claiborne and many sports brands of shoes, socks and caps, head to the following stores and get great discounts:
- Ross Dress for Less
- Burlington Coat Factory
All these stores get real designer clothes, end of season clothes, from major department stores - if you are a true bargain shopper, you will get to these stores and fill up your cart!!
What to buy: Ralph Lauren tops - $14.99 and $19.99
DKNY tops - $19.99
New Balance shoes at Marshalls - $34.99 (same price last year and this year!)
Perfumes - Bvlgari for $29
Guess watches - $34.99
Guess bags - $24.99
Michael Kors tops and bags - around $30-$50
Pants for work - Ralph Lauren - $16.99 and $24.99
Shorts - Dockers - $14.99
What to pay: Under $30-$50 for most items - jeans, tops, shoes, bags. On discounted days you can pay $10 or $12 for red ticketed discount items. I bought brown stiped office work pants for $4.99 at Burlington Coat factory. At Marshalls, they get new deliveries on Thursdays and you can pick great items up for a bargain!
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 (already closed), 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" (already closed), 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.
The Crocker Galleria is a beautiful shopping center, modeled after Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. During the week, this center is bustling with daytime office workers from the surrounding high rises or the affluent who don't need to work. On Saturdays, this mall is generally quite and offers a nice respite from the energy of downtown. On Sundays, the center is closed. Crocker Galleria also features a spectacular glass pavilion soaring above three levels of specialty shops and services and a whole level of eateries serving a vast array of ethnic and specialty foods you so often find in the San Francisco culinary landscape.
Although the mall has a roof, it isn't fully enclosed. Wireless Internet access is available and free - so grab your computer, pick out some food or just a beverage and shop and work all in the same location.
What to buy: Crocker Galleria features some fine names in shopping, including Polo Ralph Lauren, the Ralph Lauren Home Store, Versace and Barcelino. So you can spend an arm and a leg here!
What to pay: Regular Hours
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Macy's has long stood as the pinnacle in department store shopping, and when visiting San Francisco you'll have the chance to take in the Macy's West experience at it's flagship store here in Union Square. This seven-story Macy's West Union Square features contemporary fashions for women, juniors, and children, plus jewelry, fragrances, cosmetics, and accessories. The sixth floor offers a "hospitality suite" where visitors can leave their coats and packages, grab a cup of coffee, or find out more about the city from the concierge. The top floors contain home furnishings, and the Cellar sells kitchenware and gourmet foods. Across the street, Macy's East has five floors of men's fashions. A good Way to unwind is to Hang around the Cheesecake Factory at the top.
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: Macy's is a shoppers haven. Where else can you get everything you need under one roof!
they also have a shoppers tour special priced at $ 59.00includes:
Fashion consultation with a Macy's Personal Shopper who will gather the latest fashions to compliment your lifestyle.
$25 Macy's Gift Card
$15 dining certificate for The Cheesecake Factory
Exclusive Savings Pass
Souvenir Macy's tote
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
The Westfield center opened in October 1988 as San Francisco Shopping Centre with approximately 500,000 square feet of space, the then-largest Nordstrom store (350,000 square feet) on the top several floors, the first spiral escalators in the United States, and connecting through to the adjoining Emporium-Capwell flagship store. The Nordstrom department store, known for its outstanding service and shoes, is the Bay Area flagship. It offers an extensive collection of designer clothing for men, women, and children.The new Bloomingdale's is the second largest in the chain and features an outstanding collection of designers and other luxuries
What to buy: Westfield San Francisco Center houses numerous high-end stores and provides enough reasons to walk from Union Square and spend your shopping time in comfort!
Hours: Mon-Thu 9:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Sun 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
What to pay: maxx out your credit card!
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets is a shopping center with your standard fare of factory stores. Unlike typical outlet centers, this one is shaped like a real mall; with the parking lot surrounding the buildings. It makes it convenient to park once and walk store to store. factory outlet stores found here at petaluma are like those also found at many other factory outlets centers. However, there is an Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach outlet, Mikasa, and Gap Outlet.
This is part of the Chelsea Premium Outlets centers which boasts 25 such venues across the United States. In Northern California alone, they have one in Gilroy, which is the largest!
What to buy: Many clothing and shoe outlets from Ann Taylor, Donna Karan, Jones New York, Brooks Brothers, Gap, Timberland, Bass, Saks Fifth Aveune, and more. Shop at home furnishings outlets like Mikasa, Villeroy & Boch, Linen Barn, Corning Revere and Le Gourmet Chef. Other outlets include Bose (electronics), Book Warehouse, K*B Toy Outlet, and Music For A Song at 40% to 80% off the tag prices in Regular Stores like Macy's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, etc. but a Caveat: many items (but NOT ALL!) are old stocks or last years fashion! so you should really take time to inspect and scrutinize each merchandise to separate the Grain from the Chaff!
What to pay: 40%-80% off the tag price in major shops!
Hours: Mondays - Thursdays 10 AM - 8 PM
Fridays and Saturdays 10 AM - 9 PM
Sundays 10 AM - 6 PM
OK for travelers outside the US, Bloomingdale's is an upscale, top class department stores.
In SF they are located at the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Center - at Market St & Powell.
This is a wonderful shopping center. They have got a huge Bloomindale's (good place to look for out-of-season designer clothing at marked down prices), food court at the basement with 10 or so different good take outs, and other brand name stores like Banana Republic, Guess, Kenneth Cole and Hugo Boss.
Even if you're not planning to spend any money; a good place to window shop :)