If you happen to be the shopper, what you have ahead of you is a delight. Instead of sitting in traffic or slushing through snow, you can walk San Francisco's compact shopping district in a cozy, temperate climate. You'll have all your gift-getting done in time for a cappuccino in North Beach.
Kick off your spree in downtown's shopping central: Union Square.
Once you've browsed through the big department stores like Macy's, head up the hill for trinkets in Chinatown and books at City Lights in Northbeach. (Enjoy treats of dim sum and cannoli along the way. You need your strength!)
Shop San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Continue your shopping spree by taking a joyous San Francisco cable car ride over to Fisherman's Wharf. If the tourist items there don't grab you, head down the Embarcadero to the iconic Ferry Building for an amazing array of food and comfort items.
If you still haven't found that special something, consider yourself lucky. It's a great reason to hop on the BART and head to the Mission District.
In addition to small specialty stores of every size and stripe, you'll find that you can continue your food theme of gifts with some fantastic sourdough bread at Tartine's. Or pick up some quality ceramics at world-renowned Heath Ceramics.
Heath Ceramics — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Still not satisfied? Since San Francisco's bread and butter is tourism, rest assured that there are many, many people who want to help you spend your money here.
For example, if you'd rather have a clear structure to your shopping day, sign up for Holiday Shopping's in the Bag, the Warwick Hotel's answer for those who want someone else to do their shopping.
This high-end experience includes a one-night package that kick-starts holiday shopping in Union Square with an energizing power breakfast at Aveline and two stylish yet sturdy shopping tote bags, courtesy of The Warwick San Francisco.
At the end of the day, you get to tuck into the Warwick’s cozy European Bar & Lounge and unwind over a couple of celebratory cocktails. Now it's time to toast to having your holiday shopping “in the bag.”
Whether you decide to do it alone or get some professional help, we guarantee a fun and fruitful shopping experience in San Francisco.