Union Square, San Francisco
Union Square is a great place to shop. You can find designer clothes, great cosmetics (Sephora has a huge store here), kid stuff (Sanrio), etc. I find that anytime I go to SF I end up shopping Union Square. It's easy to walk around, but difficult to park if you are driving in.
What to buy: Great cosmetics at Sephora, Hello Kitty stuff at Sanrio, Kenneth Cole always has some great clothing (though expensive). I like to look!
What to pay: Depends on the shop. Sephora has some good deals. Kenneth Cole doesn't.
The most popular shopping area in San Francisco is Union Square. Many major department stores and national and international chains have stores in this area, so if shopping is your goal, you'll have an endless supply of stores.
Near Union Square, you'll find Macy's, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Nike, Levi's, Banana Republic, Gap, Coach, Nordstroms, Disney, Tiffany's, Hermes, Gump's, Chanel, Cartier, Urban Outfitters, J.Crew, etc. This is such a popular spot for shopping that it continues to attract residents from the suburbs. The stores are so much more concentrated and better here than anywhere else in the Bay Area.
A shopper's paradise of designer boutiques and large department stores, is bounded by Stockton, Powell, Post and Geary streets. Located around the square are Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz, Tiffany, Niketown, Gucci and many more. Also located nearby (closer to Market Street) are Planet Hollywood, Virgin Megastore and the San Francisco Shopping Center.
I suppose most people visiting San Francisco want to do a bit of shopping, well that is most people except for me!!!!! I just loathe shopping. Cant think of anything more boring. But as I was with 'two men' (my husband and our son who was 11 at the time there was no avoiding it.
Union Square has lots of shops including a Saks (as you see in the photo) and a large Nike store which thrilled our son.
What to buy: There were also lots of places selling jeans and both bought some, as they were about 1/2 the price than we pay in England.
Around the famous place you can find many little shops and big department stores like MACY'S. Take your time to walk around and see all the great things to buy!
A very special shop is the big Levi's Factory. Youcan buy anykind of jeans just at the place where they were born!
What to buy: everything
What to pay: rather expensive, but the whole city is!!!
Just across from Union Square, here is one of many stores where you can buy the latest in fashion designer clothes.
Levi's is where you buy typical American Jeans.
What to buy: Jeans.
What to pay: Bring a credit card.
Armani, Chanel,... unless you have a good credit card, believe me, you don't wish to enter one of these shops ;-)