Shopping experiences can be diverse in San Francisco - there are charming localities with hip, trendy stores, high streets with large boutiques and of course department stores. Given San Francisco’s stature on the West Coast as a tourist and business hub, nearly every major department store brand in the country has a flagship store here. Many of these are located in Union Square which is the city’s largest shopping district. Providing luxe experience with a personal touch, the stores offer the latest from top end brands, a host of exclusive services, gourmet dining options plus a full calendar of special events from leading designers. Read on to find out the best department stores in San Francisco, California where you can indulge in retail therapy par excellence!
1. Neiman Marcus
Neiman Marcus’ San Francisco store is perhaps as well known for its gorgeous architecture and its restaurants, as for its range of luxury goods. Indeed, as you enter the store located at Stockton Street, you will be captivated by its gorgeous stained-glass skylight/ceiling. At the various departments, spread over four floors, you will find the latest products from top designer brands across clothing, accessories and home decors, plus services such as personal shoppers and alterations. Special events showcasing collections of celebrated designers and brands are also held regularly. Don’t miss out on lunch at their famed restaurant Rotunda, which offers an exclusive fine dining experience.
Neiman Marcus San Francisco
Address: 150 Stockton Street, San Francisco
Website: Neiman Marcus San Francisco
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 7pm; Thu: 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 7pm; Sun: 2pm - 6pm
Top retailer Macy’s is known for its extensive choice in clothing, shoes, accessories, houseware and even furniture. Its San Francisco outlet, spread over seven floors, is the second largest retail store in the country! Here it showcases collections from top brands, offers specialty concepts like STORY (curated collection from small business brands), and also hosts a regular calendar of fashion events. You can spend almost an entire day exploring the store! When in need of refreshments, step into one of the many restaurants you’ll find inside.
Macy's Union Square
Address: 170 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Website: Macy’s Union Square
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm
The nationwide luxury chain Nordstrom’s San Francisco Centre combines high-end shopping, exclusive facilities and fine dining under its roof. The store’s sophisticated decor, the highlight of which is its unique curved/spiral escalator, adds a classy ambiance to your shopping. Along with its extensive range of brands and products, you can avail of a host of services ranging from personal shoppers, spa facilities to jewelry engraving and brow styling. Also inside are two chic eateries - one a bistro and another a cafe - that you can duck into for a quick bite.
Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
Address: 865 Market Street, San Francisco
Website: Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8:30pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm
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4. Saks Fifth Avenue
Yet another must-visit for premium designer collections, Saks Fifth Avenue, of New York fame, has a store spread over five floors on Post Street. Floor after floor you will find the latest products showcased from top luxury brands. Also on offer are a range of special services that include complimentary beauty sessions, custom fittings and personalized advice from stylists.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Address: 384 Post Street, San Francisco
Website: Saks Fifth Avenue
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 7pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm
High-quality products at reasonable prices, that what Marshalls is known for, and their San Francisco store will not disappoint you. Spread over two floors, you will find an incredible range of affordable and designer brands. So be sure to browse awhile at Marshalls to snag some great deals!
Marshalls San Francisco
Address: 760 Market St, Phelan Building, San Francisco
Website: Marshalls San Francisco
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 9:30pm; Sun: 10am - 8pm
6. Barney's New York
This Manhattan landmark is no doubt the mecca for high-end shopping. With its exclusive atmosphere and top of the line brand collections, the San Francisco store lives up to its reputation. Uber posh New York restaurant Freds opened last year on its sixth floor, adding to its appeal. Like other upscale stores, Barney’s also hosts shows from top designers which you can check out while you’re there.
Barneys New York
Address: 77 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
Website: Barneys New York
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 7pm; Thu: 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 7pm
7. Ichiban Kan
Ichiban Kan will put you in Japanese retail heaven! Somewhat similar to the Dollar Store but for Japanese products, here you will find an incredible variety of inexpensive genuine products from Japan, ranging from stationery items to kitchen tools to quirky knick-knacks and even snacks, all authentic so you don’t need to worry about being ripped off. Enjoy wandering around and stumbling upon clever, cute stuff you didn’t know you needed!
Address: 22 Peace Plz, Ste 540, East Mall (Japantown) San Francisco
Website: Ichiban Kan
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)
Bloomingdale’s offers an extensive range of products that’s a wonderful mix of premium and budget brands. You’ll have an amazing gamut to choose from in all major categories including men and women clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, and home goods. Also available are a host of special services to make your shopping more personalized and convenient - stylists and personal shoppers, custom-made clothing, spa treatments, special-order bedding and even monogramming. A unique feature is its Visitors Center which offers helpful services like translators, a concierge service and a coat check.
Bloomingdale's San Francisco Centre
Address: 845 Market Street, San Francisco
Website: Bloomingdale’s San Francisco Centre
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8.30pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm
9. Alessi Store
Stroll into Alessi to feast your eyes on cool, stylish and whimsical products for the kitchen and the house. This Italian brand brings to you cutting-edge products that are not only functional and useful but also incredibly cute and charming. But beware, the price tag may be pricier than you’d imagine!
Address: 424 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (closed on Sun)
Find literally anything you need for yourself or your home at Target. This popular retail chain has four stores in San Francisco - each located in different areas of the city for easy accessibility. You may find some of them are smaller than the usual Target stores given their city location, nonetheless these stores are a great destination for all your basics.
San Francisco Central
Address: 789 Mission St, San Francisco
Website: San Francisco Central
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 7am - 10pm; Sat: 8am - 10pm
Shop till you drop in San Francisco, California
In addition to best department stores in San Francisco, California, check out areas such as Haight Street, Union Street, Filmore Street, and the Embarcadero District. Each of these areas offer a unique experience of their own, from vintage shopping to specialty cuisine shops, that shouldn’t be missed.
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