Ferry Building Marketplace moet een San Francisco bezoeker gezien hebben. Dit multimiljoen dollar ontwikkelproject heeft een overvloed aan activiteiten voor de hele familie. Neem de rondleiding door de historische Ferry Building, struin door de antiekwinkels, geniet van het uitzicht op de baai en een kom vissoep bij Ferry Plaza Seafood, of koop biologische producten op de Farmer's Market. Geniet van de beelden en de geluiden van wat de Ferry Building tot een van de meest populaire bestemmingen maakt voor vermaak, eten en plezier.
This independent North Beach icon, founded by Beat writer-mentor Lawrence Ferlinghetti, goes beyond your average bookstore by shelving beat literature, anthologies, and fiction from Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and much more. Experience San Francisco through the words written by some of the area's most famous, and sometimes hard-to-find, writers. The store has its own publishing house, City Lights, which has enriched the San Francisco community since 1953 by promoting emerging writers with an edge.
Geen rijs naar San Fransisco voor een muziekliefhebber zou compleet zijn zonder een bezoek aan deze platenzaak met de afmetingen van een warenhuis. Vroeger was het een bowlingbaan, bij de ingang van het Golden Gate Park. The Upper Height winkel bruist met honderden bezoekers die door de enorme selectie van CD's, platen, tapes, video's en posters. De korting op gebruikte en yellow tag (uiterlijk beschadigd, maar functionaliteit gegarandeerd) artikelen zijn de beste van de stad, net als de selectie van obscure en labelonafhankelijke titels. Uiteindelijk zorgt het voor zijn eigen live muziek podium waar opkomend talent voor publiek speelt vijf of zes keer per week.
Een grote uitbreiding van een de grootste winkelcentra van Noord Amerika zorgt voor meer verdiepingen van de beste ontwerperboetieks, detailhandelsketens en twee van de belangrijkste warenhuizen, Norstrom en Bloomingdale's. Het centrum biedt nu 1,5 miljoen square feet van dinermogelijkheden, entertainment en kantoorruimte van het hoogste niveau. De adembenemende architectuur dateert uit 1896 en met moderne toevoegingen is er geen tekort aan natuurlijk zonlicht om je op je weg bij te schijnen. Laat de circulaire liften je lijden langs meer dan 150 winkels. The Center is uitgerust met een informatiebalie en een pinautomaat. Of creditcards geaccepteerd worden hangt af van de winkel en met een nieuwe gourmet supermarkt is dit echt een plek die zijn weerga niet kent.
This San Francisco landmark features some of Fisherman's Wharf's best shopping and attractions. Ride the carousel, people watch, or take in views of the bay. There are more than 25 one-of-a-kind gift stores that carry automobile, Hollywood, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia, as well as flags of the world, Russian dolls, collectible knives, hammocks, kites, and more. But that's not all. You will find over 30 more stores, including the famous Na Hoku to shop for clothing, jewelry and toys. It is a great place to pick up high-end San Francisco souvenirs. When you're done shopping and eating to your heart's content, visit the famous resident sea lions for a prime photo session. Pier 39 is a magnet for locals and tourists for many reasons, including their calendar of special attractions for the whole family like the Tulipmania tulip festival held in late February or the Holiday Tree Lighting in November.
Don't leave San Francisco without a stroll through this legendary square near Fisherman's Wharf, which is named after San Francisco's original chocolate-maker. There is a bakery and several restaurants and, of course, there's the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop where you can savor the deliciousness of the old-fashioned Ghirardelli sundae or buy some sweet goodies to bring back. Take some time and visit the art galleries, gift and specialty stores, and shoe and clothing shops.
The silver collection at this gallery includes everything from tiny mustard spoons to an English soup terrine, from ornate candelabras a la Beauty and the Beast, to stylish clean lines of a knife-rest, you will find the handiest little mealtime accessories to outshine any sunny day. The owner's personal favorite is a child's gold plated rattle, with a whistle at one end and a smooth pink stick of cool coral at the other for teething, it reputedly fends off colic at a reasonable price! Whether you want classic silverware or a South American Ybarra lion that pours tea from it's scratchy toothed silver spout, the selection here will truly dazzle you.
College Avenue stretches from deep within Berkeley to Oakland, and along this bustling boulevard numerous restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and much more are waiting for your enjoyment. Near the Rockridge end of the street you will find many eclectic restaurants serving an enormous variety of cuisines, as well as other small boutique shops selling anything from yoga mats to antique brass bedposts. Near the University, College Avenue takes on a funkier spirit, and incense shops allure you with their intriguing scents. Shopping is a major attraction of this East Bay hot spot, yet there are not many chain stores. Rather, locals prefer to support local businesses instead of national chains. However certain stores, such as Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and Hot Topic, can still be found conveniently nearby. Great for a Sunday walk where you can leisurely stroll down this beautiful avenue - stop and have a coffee at one of many cafes, or buy a unique present for a special someone!
Gospel Flat Farm is located about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) north of San Francisco. Offering a great insight into organic farming, the farm is a wonderful mix of numerous activities, educational elements, outdoor fun and of course organic produce shopping! The vast organic farm is covered with lush green vegetable fields, and if you're lucky you'll also be able to spot sunflowers in full bloom. On offer are farm-fresh veggies such as zucchini, pumpkins, carrots, pickled vegetables and lots more that are vibrant and incredible to taste. But meat-lovers needn't frown, since they also sell a fine quality of pork from their farm-raise pigs as well as dungeness crabs that they breed just a couple of miles from Gospel Flat Farm. They also have an in-house field baker who bakes a storm of awesome-smelling bread loaves on a wood-fired oven, that are a work of art in themselves. Apart from all the food fun, Gospel Flat Farm also hosts a fun range of activities, workshops and programs throughout the year. Group tours are available along with lunch options; check the website for more details.
Watch in awe as delicate, elegant and artistic pieces take shape from characterless blobs of molten glass at the Glass Hand Studio. This public access art studio often hosts open house events and glass-blowing demonstrations that are nothing short of mesmerizing. The studio itself is available on rent for use by artists who would like to work on projects of their own. Besides rental space and events, the Glass Hand Studio also offers custom glass blowing classes for individuals and groups of up to three participants, suitable for every skill level. The studio doubles up as an art gallery displaying hand made glass art for sale, and even accepts custom orders.
A riot of teacups dominates this quaint store packed to the proverbial rafters with antique porcelain. Teacups and saucers line window shelves and inside there are stacks of plates, serving platters and some silver service, as well as estate jewelry, crystal and entirely charming objects d'art. You will find Royal Doulton, Wedgewood and other well-known hallmarks too. There are also a few occasional tables (the perfect place to perch your purchase). This is a great place to complete a china set or start a mix-and-match collection of classics. The proprietor is as charming as his stock.
Looking for the perfect gift for your friend or loved one? Artisans of San Francisco is the premier store for the tourist or San Francisco native looking for a poster or print of the city. From scenes of Gold Rush days to scenic prints of the Golden Gate Bridge, this store has a print for almost every part of San Francisco's history. Prices of the products too are reasonable. In addition, the stores offers framing and mounting services.