Whatever you're looking for, San Francisco has it. Need that particularly authentic California knick-knack to bring back home to remember your trip? Then wander up and down Haight Street for a whiff of San Francisco in the 60's and a spectacular collection of tye-dyes and trinkets. Or hustle shoulder to shoulder through bustling Chinatown, where precious jade and one-of-a-kind jewelry can make the perfect gift for friends and family back home. Although the Mission is known for Latin food and North Beach for Italian food, both of these famous neighborhoods have plenty of outdoor vendors and charming, unique boutiques.
Not sure what you're looking for? Well, that's why there are malls. San Francisco proper has two, Westfield and Stonestown, not bad choices for rainy day shopping where you can browse and browse to your heart's delight. If the weather cooperates, then head to Union Square, which might just be the world's most beautiful outdoor mall, with local galleries often featuring their work.
Searched high and low all day, and still didn't find that perfect gift? Don't despair, just try again tomorrow. No walk is ever wasted in San Francisco; even if you don't buy something, the feast for the senses that's laid out around every turn is priceless.
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