The Ferry Building Marketplace is a must-see for San Francisco visitors. This multi-million dollar development has an abundance of activities for the entire family. This marvelous building was designed by renowned architect Arthur Page Brown in Beaux Arts Style. Similar to that of the iconic Giralda Bell Tower in Seville, the clock tower of this building is a popular landmark and call be seen from afar. Take a tour of the historic Ferry Building, browse through antique shops, enjoy a view by the bay and a bowl of chowder at Ferry Plaza Seafood or buy organic produce at the Farmer's Market. Enjoy the sights and sounds of what makes the Ferry Building one of the Bay's most popular destinations for entertainment, food, and fun.
A grand expansion at one of North America's largest shopping centers brings it more levels of premium designer boutiques, chain retailers and two major department stores: Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. The center offers a vast area of upscale dining, entertainment and office space. Its breathtaking architecture dates back to 1896 and with modern additions there is no shortage of natural sunlight to guide you on your way. Let the circular brass escalators wind and unwind you past more than 150 shops and stores. The center is equipped with an information desk and ATMs.
Don't leave San Francisco without a stroll through this legendary square nearby 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.
Located on Piedmont Avenue, Rare Bird is one of the best store to shop for some quality antiques. Specializing in vintage products, the store has something for all. Apparels for women, accessories and more all are stocked under one roof here. You can also decorate the walls of your house with a range of quality home decor products available here. The staff here is quite friendly and knowledgeable about the products. The store also displays its products made in various workshops like candle making, block printing, painting and weaving. If you looking to treat yourself or your loved ones with some unique gifts, than head to Rare Bird.
With its own BART station, Rockridge's main artery is College Avenue. Half in Oakland and half in Berkeley, Rockridge nevertheless feels like its own little town. Locals, as well as those in-the-know throughout the Bay Area, know this is the perfect place to wile away a sunny weekend afternoon shopping for antiques, gourmet groceries, and the best in locally made clothing and crafts, or to just enjoy a leisurely brunch at one of the many fine restaurants. Whether you are visiting for a short while or are new to the area, a day in Rockridge is not to be missed.
Just across the street from the Rockridge BART station, you'll find this great little shopping center that feels like a bit of Manhattan's Upper West Side all rolled into a corner. You will find the best in gourmet delights, flowers, coffees and tea, and everything you need for a romantic meal at home. Market Hall offers restaurants, cafes, bakeries and florists as well as fishmongers and some of the finest produce available in the Bay Area.
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.
If, you are looking to revamp your wardrobe then head to Welcome Stranger an upscale men’s clothing store in Hayes valley. The spacious store specializes in men’s casual wear and offers comfortable, trendy and good -looking clothes in denims, chinos, shirts, belts and other accessories. Apart from their own local brands they also sell other clothing brands like Barbour, Norse Projects, Carhartt, Topman Rag & Bone, Burkman Brothers and many more.
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!
Apart from being the staple food in many countries, rice also is the staple ingredient in sake (Japanese wine). You may sample the different varieties, without crossing the international date line at True Sake, the first of its kind in the city, and probably in the country. But unless you are strictly off drinking, you simply have to visit this store and try out some of the offerings. With over a 100 bottles and helpful staff, this new store will give you a good reason to celebrate.