Opened in 1999 by Sony as a massive place for movies, games, shopping and all forms of entertainment, the 350,000-square-foot Metreon Center on the corner of 4th and Mission eventually collapsed under the weight of its own grand vision. But this San Francisco real estate, within steps of Moscone Center, Yuerba Buena Gardens, MOMA and other world-class attractions, was too good to leave unused. The new Metreon is sleeker, studded with smaller shops and chock-full of the latest technology that only a city next to Silicon Valley could harness.The Metreon — Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
Besides the clothing, food and accessories you can find in the City Target, the highlight for shoppers at the Metreon is usually the quirky, beloved local store, Chronicle Books, a great place to find a truly authentic San Francisco gift. One of the survivors of the remodel was the state-of-the art IMAX theatre, showcasing the latest releases.
And you'll be hard-pressed to find a more varied selection of restaurants concentrated in one spot, all of them good choices if you're in a hurry but don't want that to compromise the quality of your meal. From Buckhorn Grill to Coriander Gourmet Thai to San Francisco Soup Company, the Metreon offers a nice selection at reasonable prices.
The Metreon — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
If you find yourself downtown and need a few basic necessities that made Target rich in the first place, or you want that special gift that says San Francisco that only Chronicle Books offers, stop by the Metreon. And be sure to leave room for a meal and a movie when your shopping is done.