Located across from Union Square with its own fabulous view, this legendary store features some of the finest jewelry in the world. Here you will find two floors of breathtaking crystal, flatware, china, silver, and fine diamond, gold, platinum, and gemstone jewelry. Shop for engagement rings, anniversary presents or something special for a newborn baby. You will see why it is that anything you give wrapped in a robin's egg blue Tiffany's box is sure to be considered an heirloom that will be treasured for generations.
Located in a vintage Beaux Arts building dating from just after the 1906 earthquake and fire, Neiman Marcus is one of the city's most upscale department stores. You'll find all the big names in fashion: Chanel, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein, Salvatore Ferragano, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Giorgio Armani, TSE, Fendi, Gucci, Versace, Christian Dior, Donna Karen, and Yves Saint Laurent. It also features two eating establishments: The Rotunda and the Fresh Market Café.
Shopping here is rather like slipping through Lewis Carroll's looking glass. Dried flowers, French silk ribbons, antique figurines of saints, earrings, odd-shaped vases and an ever-changing selection of curios await you in a carefully arranged jumble. The net effect is rather surreal and, on the whole, pleasant. You will feel as if you have slipped out of the hurry-scurry 21st century and into a dreamy past of perfect gifts.
Bi-Rite Market, located in the Mission District, is a gourmet lover's paradise. The market features a wealth of organic and locally-produced cheeses, baked goods, meat, poultry, fish and produce. They also have an outstanding counter of prepared foods which change daily - the pork belly spaghetti and short ribs & polenta are recommended. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by nearby Bi-Rite Creamery for a tasty ice cream treat (you can find pints of their famous ice cream in the market freezer section too).
Taking on the west coast one store at a time--the designer wares of Bloomingdale's loved by New Yorkers are now in San Francisco. In the expansion of the Westfield San Francisco Shopping Center, Bloomingdale's is pulling out all of its tricks with 35,000 square feet of shopping space. A browse through its second largest store will yield revived Biba 1960s fashion, shoes by Jimmy Choo, exquisite accessories, jewelry boutiques and fragrance for him and her. You won't want to leave this place that soon.
Since the beginning of the 20th Century, Union Square has been the centerpiece of the city's shopping district. With big names like Burberry, Emporio Armani, Macy's and Kate Spade lining the streets, this is the place to go for retail therapy. If you need to fuel up after a long day of shopping, Union Square has a variety of dining options, from the ultra-posh to the quick stops. At the heart of the square, a large open-air plaza is bustling year round with art sales, musical performances and holiday decorations. In the center of it all stands a huge stone monument, which was built in 1903 and crowned with a bronze statue of Victory.
With a number of accolades under its belt, Ernest Alexander makes its way to Hayes Valley. The store features a varied collection of menswear, neckties and accessories, travel bags and leather goods. The designer, Ernest Alexander Sabine, attributes his idea for the brand to his Latvian seamstress grandmother, from whom he was first inspired to design bags.
Garrett Leight California Optical is the place to head to, in order to add style to your look. The store offers a range of trendy eye-wear that is suitable for all occasions. The designs are modern and elegant and flatter your face. Apart from sunglasses and optical glasses, the store also provides custom-made frames for your needs.
The Scandinavians have always been known for their clean cut and functional designs. The owner of this store, Kristina Runske is no exception, being a Swede herself. She has designed this furniture store using white (no surprise!) and remnants of what seem to be her childhood baby cloths and toys! Minimal, (formerly known as Scandinavian Details) stocks handmade crystal by Orrefors and household accessories by Offect. There are reproductions of Asplund, David Design and Arne Jacobsen as well.
Quality corsets require a certain amount of craftsmanship, and this local house of apparel delivers. This location specializes in crafting bridal and fetish corsets. Take a step inside and you'll be transported to another age full of treats for your personal Elizabethan masquerade ball. Customer service is great with friendly staff personally measuring you and providing the ideas and materials to create your unique vision. Be sure to check out the online store, where you can peruse their inventory of imaginative fabrics and styles.
Started by a couple of fashion fanatic women with an obsession for sale racks and the runway—Azalea has made a splash on the San Francisco fashion circuit. It opened its doors in 2003 with a view to providing the best selections and service. Skim through the racks of clothing and discover the latest in the fashion world. Azalea gives you garments, beauty care, jewelry and even a nail salon to make sure that you look your best. The Z Beauty Lounge at Azalea offers a range of effective treatments using only organic products, that will bring out your inner radiance.
Owned and run by a close knit family with an aim and sole focus to retain loyal customers with ever innovative designs and funky clothing, M.A.C (Modern Appealing Clothing) is a real gem on Hayes Valley. Armed with an unmatched fashion know-how, the team's magnificent creations for men and women are purely irresistible. Stunning beauties from Belgian designers Dries van Noten and Martin Marjiela and Japanese designer Yoshi Kondo hang alongside local talents, spanning the versatile apparel collection. This high end boutique will surely lighten your pockets, but definitely worth a visit for that unique touch of glamor!