This San Francisco landmark features some of Fisherman's Wharf's best shopping and attractions. Ride the carousel, people-watch, or take in the view 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 op session. Pier 39 is a magnet for locals and tourists for many reasons, including their nearly year-round calendar of special attractions for the whole family like the Tulipmania tulip festival held in late February on both levels of Pier 39 or the Holiday Tree Lighting in November.
Here book-lovers will find the romantic notion of shelves stacked up to the ceiling with books, so heavy they threaten to give way. The fading smell of bookbinding glue conjures images of ancient libraries. You could spend hours wandering the aisles like that kid in The Neverending Story. If you do not find what you are looking for, which is nearly impossible since Moe's has just about everything ever printed, you are sure to find something to appease you. For those looking for antique or rare books, check out the huge collection on the fourth floor.
Dr. Comics & Mr. Games has been delighting kids and adults since 1988. Fans of comic books delight in the huge, organized selection of comics, ranging from classics to new and everything in between. The manga section gets particular rave reviews. In addition to the comics, they also have a selection of puzzles and games.
Oakland is all about its Farmer's Markets, and the Sunday Temescal Farmer's Market is certainly no exception. This market is a bit smaller than many of the other Oakland Farmer's Markets, although many regular shoppers see that as a good thing. Come to get the best pick of the best seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with high quality meats, baked goods, plants, flowers and prepared foods like tamales or wood-fired pizza.
This independent bookstore, which has been around since the 1970s, has expanded considerably. Even though the shelves stretch from floor to ceiling, there is an open and airy feel to the place. Although originally a used-only store, it stocks many bestsellers and current releases. The genre section is impressive, and includes sci-fi and fantasy, art, cinema, metaphysics and a good section for children. The magazine rack is also well stocked with glossies, literary journals and local papers.
If you like wine tasting but want to try something new, head over to Takara Sake USA near the Fourth Street Shopping District. Don't be fooled by Takara's looks, although the outside appears quite industrial, the tasting room is pleasant, airy, and elegant. Try a flight of sake and learn about the brewing and production of this flavorful, Japanese brew by peering through a factory window, viewing an informative movie, or exploring Takara's very own sake museum exhibiting antique sake-making tools. Don't like sake? Lucky for you, Takara also sells plum wines, shochu, cooking sake, malt beverages, Japanese vodka, and of course, souvenirs.
Heart of The City is an independent, farmer-owned, non-profit farmers market that is set up within the United Nations Plaza every Wednesday and Sunday. The market offers a selection of fresh produce from small, local, family-owned farms including fruits, vegetables, flowers, dairy products, jams & jellies, honey, baked goods, and much more. Unlike other farmers markets, Heart of The City seeks to cater to low-income families by providing produce that is not only affordable, but of exceptional quality, without short-changing the participating farmers.
For over 25 years the San Francisco Herb Co. has provided the city with an wide selection of herbs, spices, essential oils, potpourris, dehydrated vegetables, nuts, and seeds. But their specialty is herbs and spices, and you'll find the highest quality here at reasonable prices. The customer service is superb! They are committed at making sure you get what you want in spices. You can either peruse the flagship store or their catalog to fill you need of spice and everything nice.
At Costco, virtually everything is available in vast quantities under one roof. This warehouse style wholesale store is a great place for buying in bulk. Under one roof you'll find everything from household appliances, toiletries, furniture, clothing, sports goods and much more. Besides this there is a deli, fresh produce, bakery and butchers section here as well. Besides being a retail store, Costco also has a variety of services on offer including a Photo Center, Pharmacy, Ophthalmologist, Tire service and Hearing aids. If you get exhausted from all that shopping, which you probably will, you can head to the food court for refreshments. For details on membership and special offers, visit the website.
Sports Basement, with five outlets all throughout the Bay Area is exceedingly popular with athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. These stores offer a plethora of sports and outdoor gear from top quality brands. Located on Bryant Street, one of Sports Basement's Mission District stores, caters to diverse outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding, biking and camping, to name a few, along with sports such as soccer, tennis and lots more. The prices are fair and comparable, while the staff is courteous, helpful and quite knowledgeable. Along with these amazing products on retail as well as rent, the stores also provides professional services for bikes and biking equipment, snowboard and ski gear, and lots more.
Ever since its opening in 1951, this shop has been building one of San Francisco's largest collection of 78-inch vinyl, not to mention a respectable stock of new and used CDs, LPs, 45s and tapes. Though the selection is as eclectic as any in the city, the store specializes in early country, bluegrass, rockabilly and jazz. Finally, if you do not find what you want in the racks, Jack's can locate it for you in a matter of days.
Furniture with flair is on display at this mod store in SoMa. Those with exclusive tastes for their interiors can come in for a consultation, while others may just pick up a piece of stunning furniture or a few accessories to spruce up their dwelling. Design with Maloos features exclusive furnishings for every nook and cranny of your home, even places you didn't think of! So, stock up on the green stuff and head over, even if you intend to window shop. Who knows, you might bring home a surprise!