Shopping in San Francisco is a diverse and vibrant mix of experiences. The city is home to among the swankiest and most upmarket designer stores. Even so, you'll find quirky boutiques and offbeat speciality shops as well. First, head to the Embarcadero District, formerly known as the Barbary Coast. This area is home to the huge Embarcadero Center commercial complex. Over a hundred stores dot this shopping centre.  

    South-west down Market Street, you’ll find Union Square. Dozens of fashion stores surround this wide stone plaza. The hub has been San Francisco’s gathering place for about 2 centuries. It first got its name from the pro-Union rallies that frequented the plaza at the dawn of the American Civil War. Today, the plaza's a go-to for designer wear and world-famous brands. It's also a hub for dining and entertainment.  

    For quirky souvenirs, go hunting around the Mission District. It’ll treat you to a fine mix of independent stores. They display everything from retro action figures to everything you could ask for from a Comic-Con goodie bag. San Francisco’s famous counter-cultural vibes live well through these speciality shops. Surely, they're all worth popping your head into. Further, walks around San Francisco’s areas such as Haight-Ashbury reveal a variety of vintage shops. They offer great vibes backed by beautiful and inspiring street art. Northward past Japantown, Fillmore Street offers a dozen tree-lined blocks dotted with hundreds of elegant shops. In short, if you criss-cross San Francisco’s neighbourhoods, you’d want to extend your retail-therapy plan to more than a day.

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