Website • 0.7 miles
LOCATION: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 415) 705-5500
Pier 39 is a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco. At Pier 39, there are many shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions sunning themselves out on docks on Pier 39’s marina.
The Pier 39 marina is also home to the floating Forbes Island restaurant. A two-story carousel is one of the pier’s more notable features, although it is not directly visible from the street and sits towards the end of the pier. Family-oriented entertainment and the presence of marine mammals such as the seals make this a popular stop for families with kids.
Located at the edge of the Fisherman’s Wharf district, Pier 39 is close to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero. The area is easily accessible via the historic F Market streetcars. From the pier you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge.
PIER 39 SEA LIONS
California Sea Lions have been always present in San Francisco Bay. They started to haul out on docks of Pier 39 in September 1989. Before that they mostly used Seal Rock for that purpose. Ever since September 1989 the number of sea lions on Seal Rock has been steadily decreasing, while their number on Pier 39 has generally increased. Some people speculate that sea lions moved to docks because of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but the earthquake occurred months after the first sea lions had arrived at Pier 39. It is likely that the sea lions feel safer inside the Bay.
Although the reason for their migration to the pier is unclear, the refurbishing of the docks in September 1989 required the removal of all boats from that area, leaving large open spaces for the sea lions to move into. Once the project was completed, boat owners returned, but did their best to navigate around the sea lions; no efforts were made to encourage the new guests to leave.
Website • 2.1 miles
LOCATION: 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 512-6776
Union Square is a plaza of 2.6 acres bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco, California. “Union Square” also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War.
Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the Western United States, which continue to make Union Square a major tourist draw, a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco, and one of the world’s premier shopping districts.
Over the years, Union Square became a popular shopping destination. It boasts six major department stores: Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Union Square is also home to several famous upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Boucheron, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, De Beers, Bulgari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cartier, Bijan, Marc Jacobs, Hermès and Ermenegildo Zegna. It is also home to the country’s first Goyard boutique (located on the corner of Powell and Post) and also a block from the Square (located near Post and Kearney) is one of San Francisco’s oldest retailers, Gump’s.
There are more stores located inside the newly renovated Westfield San Francisco Centre, just south of Union Square along Market Street; the shopping center is anchored by the Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom stores. Old Navy, Forever 21, Anthropologie, Apple Store, United Colors of Benetton, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Puma, Gap and American Eagle Outfitters are also located along Market Street, just 2-3 blocks south of Union Square respectively. Two venerable San Francisco institutions, jeweler, Shreve & Co, and clothier Wilkes Bashford, are also located within one block of the square.
There are also several cases of redundancy among retailers. H&M has three stores in Union Square (on Powell, on Post, and inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre). Zara, MNG by Mango, Kenneth Cole, Guess, Juicy Couture, Tumi, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, and Coach both have stores around Union Square and inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre. One of two shopping malls in the area with the other being the Crocker Galleria at the far eastern end of the area bordering the Financial District.
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LOCATION: Fisherman’s Wharf roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street.
Once a major fishing pier, Fisherman’s Wharf has become the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, with great views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The Wharf offers plenty to do, with seafood restaurants and shopping from one end to the other. One thing is for sure: There’s something for everyone at Fisherman’s Wharf: food, views, history, family fun and more.
Dining: A food lover’s haven, Fisherman’s Wharf boasts some of the best dining in the world. Salivate over fresh Dungeness crab served steaming hote at outdoor stands or in a variety of gourmet recipes at the Wharf’s many seafood restaurants. Smell the fresh sourdough bread baking. Savor locally made chocolate. The Wharf’s eclectic mix of international cuisine is sure to please.
Entertainment: During the day, street performers are here to tirelessly entertain you: magicians, mimes, musicians, jugglers, clowns and fire-eaters take pride in their efforts to make you feel welcome at Fisherman’s Wharf. At night the wharf offers live music, theater, dancing, comedy clubs and much more.
Alcatraz Island: Select the button to the right for details on Alcatraz Island.
Cable Cars: San Francisco is one of few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turntables and cable propulsion machinery, San Francisco’s famed cable cards operate much as they did on August 2, 1873 when Andrew S. Hallidie guided the first car down the Clay Street grade. Two of the three cable car lines stop in Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch the Powell-Mason line at Taylor St. and Bay St., or the Powell-Hyde line at Hyde St. and Beach St.
Hyde Street Pier: Hyde Street Pier is home of the world’s largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels, including the schooner Alma and the 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Hyde Street Pier also offers regular ranger guided tours, chantey sings, special programs and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.
Sea Lions: One of Fisherman’s Wharf’s most popular attractions, the amazing sea lions of PIER 39 hold huge appeal for visitors of all ages. Most of the year, you can find hundreds of these local sea mammals gathered on the docks beside PIER 39, cavorting, eating and basking in the sun. Their numbers vary depending on time of year, but their distinct barks can always be heard from blocks away.
Angel Island: The other island you see from Fisherman’s Wharf is Angel Island, one of the last undeveloped islands left in the San Francisco Bay. It is maintained by the National Park Service and can be used for biking, hiking and picnics. Additional information is available at www.angelisland.org.
GHIRARDELLI SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER
Website • 0.6 miles
LOCATION: 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 775-5500
Ghirardelli Square delights visitors with its lively retail mix, while maintaining Ghirardelli’s tradition as a trendsetter for the rest of the world. In 1982 the owners applied for and were granted National Historic Register status, a move that ensured the preservation of Ghirardelli Square for future generations.
Ghirardelli Square, considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country. This specialty retail and dining complex, housing shops and restaurants, was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico Ghirardelli.
Between 1852 and 1895, Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Factory was located at four different sites before the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company took over the Pioneer Woolen Mills on North Point Street—today’s site of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory & Soda Fountain and Ghirardelli Square. In the 1960s the chocolate manufacturing operation was sold and transferred to San Leandro. A group of San Franciscans, fearing Ghirardelli Square might be demolished, purchased the property. Unique shops and restaurants were created within the old factory, combining the latest in retailing and fine cuisine with the flavor of old San Francisco. The project officially opened on November 29, 1964.
Northpoint Shopping Center
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350 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 415) 391-2956
Northpoint Shopping Center is located in the heart of the San Francisco, close to Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown. The San Francisco Trolley system offers free seasonal transportation to and from area hotels.
Crocker Galleria • 1.5 mi
50 Post Street San Francisco CA USA 94105 415-393-1505
Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, beautiful skylight center with many shops and restaurants.
Westfield San Francisco Centre • 1.7 miles
865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 512-6776
Westfield San Francisco Centre is an upscale, urban shopping center located in San Francisco that is anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, and includes a Century Theatres multiplex, a Bristol Farms gourmet grocery store and a branch of San Francisco State University.
Metreon • 2.2 miles
101 4th Street, San Francisco, CA (415) 369-6000
The Metreon is a four-story 350000 square foot shopping center located in downtown San Francisco at the corner of 4th St. and Mission St. Built over the corner of the underground Moscone Center convention center
San Francisco Antique and Design Mall • 5.8 – mi
701 Bayshore Blvd San Francisco CA USA 94124
Find a large selection and variety of fine antiques and collectibles for your home. Features San Francisco’s best antique and design specialists.
Stonestown Galleria • 11.3 mi
3251 20th Ave. San Francisco CA USA 94132
Stonestown Galleria offers a number of stores, including Williams-Sonoma, Borders Books and Macy’s. The mall is located in southwest San Francisco and offers free parking.