San Francisco is home to some of the best shopping in the world. From high-end luxury boutiques to eclectic specialty stores, shoppers can find nearly anything in the “City by the Bay.”
Union Square and the neighboring Westfield Shopping Centre boast the best international names in fashion, while shoppers who descend on Hayes, Jackson, Union, Upper Fillmore, and Chestnut Streets can browse local and national brands. Each neighborhood has a distinctive feel that attracts the city’s denizens and visitors. San Francisco is an ideal market for international retailers looking for a foothold on the west coast of the United States. Top international brands that have recently entered the San Francisco market include Isabel Marant, Maison Margiela, rag & bone, Moncler, JINS, Hublot, La Perla, Dolce & Gabbana, A.P.C, Dior, and soon to open Harry Winston.
The city of San Francisco hosted 24.6 million visitors in 2015 who spent a total of $9.3 billion, the equivalent to an average of $25.4 million per a day. The city is also enjoying an economic boom as a high tech hub. Entrepreneurs and established companies like Twitter are flocking to the city to be near the action, innovation and creativity that makes San Francisco such a unique and vibrant metropolis.
Union Square is a renowned international shopping destination, surrounded by fine dining, live theater, and the Financial District. The Union Square market area is bordered by Bush, Mason, Market, and Kearny Streets and encompasses 32 blocks. It is home to major department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's, as well as luxury fashion boutiques Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Prada, Burberry, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Kiton, Hublot, Maison Margiela, La Perla, Christian Louboutin, CH Carolina Herrera, Brunello Cucinelli, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Moncler, J!NS, Uniqlo, The North Face, GAP and future Harry Winston.
Embarcadero Center, spanning four blocks in the heart of San Francisco's prime commercial district, is one of the largest mixed-use complexes in the Western United States. Embarcadero Center's iconic four office towers include three interconnected shopping levels. Known for its diverse business and entertainment facilities, the Center features more than 80 retailers and dining establishments (including Banana Republic, Allen Edmonds, The Gap, LOFT Ann Taylor), restaurants (Crystal Jade, Osha Thai, Fuzio Universal Bistro, The Melt, Buckhorn Grill, Boudin Bakery), a five-screen Landmark cinema, and services to meet every visitor's needs.
Chestnut Street is the main shopping destination in the Marina District and is composed of an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, coffee houses and services. While sophisticated in nature, the street is the neighborhood's social center. The street is bustling with people meeting for coffee, shopping for trendy clothes, running errands, and grabbing food or cocktails. Top retailers located on Chestnut Street include Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, The Gap, Apple, Paper Source, Janie & Jack, Brandy Melville, Susie Cakes, Toss Designs, Marine Layer, La PanotiQ and G-Star Raw.
Located at the base of the upscale Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow neighborhood between Van Ness and Steiner Streets, Union Street contains some of the city's best eateries, art galleries, jewelry stores, and boutiques. Charming old carriage houses, barns, and Victorian mansions have been carefully renovated to accommodate stores and restaurants such as Sephora, BCBG, lululemon, Nike, Lucy, Alex and Ani, American Apparel, Pressed Juicery, the city’s first Soul Cycle, a 40,000 square foot Equinox, Sur La Table and Sugarfina.
The unique and delightful stores, restaurants and coffee shops stretching along Upper Fillmore Street extend from Jackson Street to Geary Street. Fillmore Street is upscale with a friendly neighborhood feel. Tenants include Marc Jacobs, MAC Cosmetics, Joie, Ella Moss, Ralph Lauren, Alice & Olivia, Athleta, Curve, James Perse, Alexis Bittar, Kiehl's, L'Occitane, Cotélac, DryBar, Freda Salvador, NARS, Credo, Le Labo, Erica Tanov, Heidi Says, Steven Alan, Sandro, rag & bone, Rebecca Minkoff, The Kooples, Aesop and Jigsaw. Today, Fillmore Street is one of San Francisco's foremost shopping destinations, satisfying the tastes of the city’s wealthiest demographic.
With a recent resurgence in residential development and retail, the neighborhood’s central location in the heart of San Francisco is becoming a haven for stylish fashion boutiques, galleries, home and garden stores as well as a plethora of one-of-a-kind shops and unique California restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The close proximity to Davies Symphony Hall, the SF Opera, SF Ballet, Herbst Theatre and City Hall has drawn retailers from around the globe. European retailer Cotélac has opened sister store Acoté as their first American store on Hayes Street beside San Francisco staples such as Azalea Boutique, Marine Layer, Amour Vert and Eres swimwear and lingerie. Redevelopment along Octavia Boulevard has pushed creativity and design to the forefront of the neighborhood with the PROXY. Eateries unique to the Bay Area have storefronts within the artistic development including Smitten Ice Cream and Biergarten. Restaurateurs also line the area, with many taking advantage of the neighborhood’s temperate climate and offering various outdoor eating areas. Restaurants located in Hayes Valley include Suppenküche, The Boxing Room, Miette Bakery, Loving Cup, Dobbs Ferry, Rich Table, Jardinière and Monsieur Benjamin.
The Jackson Square Historic District has historically been known as a Design District and home to tenants such as design firms, antique stores and art galleries. With key tenants such as Kartell, Design Within Reach and Artemide having recently relocated to the South of Market area, Jackson Street has recently been reintroduced as a new area of interest for high-end European brands looking to enter the San Francisco market. Various distinctive dining concepts are thriving within Jackson Square due to its close proximity to the Financial District. Filled with charming San Francisco buildings that survived the 1906 fire, international retailers Aesop, Isabel Marant and A.P.C. are joining the neighborhood along with acclaimed restaurants Cotogna, Roka Akor, Quince, Kokkari Estiatorio, Kusakabe and exclusive members only social club The Battery.
|KEY AREAS / STREETS/SHOPPING CENTERS||CONSUMER PROFILE||MAJOR RETAILERS PRESENT||NEW ENTRANTS||TYPICAL RENT FOR UNIT OF 2,000 SQFT||RANGE OF UNIT SIZES (SQ FT)|
|Union Square||Tourists, Conventioneers, Luxury and Locals||Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Macy's, Bloomingdale’s, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Gucci, Prada, XXI Forever, GAP, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Crate & Barrel, Levi's, Cartier, Bulgari, Converse, Christian Louboutin||Saint Laurent, Hublot, Maison Margiela, La Perla, Harry Winston, Dolce & Gabbana||$200-$700||1,000-50,000|
|Embarcadero Center||Financial district workers, tourists.||Banana Republic, Allen Edmonds, GAP, Ann Taylor||Crystal Jade||$30-$80||1,000-10,000|
|Cow Hollow||Young Professionals, Locals, Tourists||Sephora, lululemon, Lorna Jane, SoulCycle, Nike, Ambiance, Sur La Table||Equinox , Urban Remedy, Sugarfina||$60-$125||1,000-4,000|
|Pacific Heights||Upper Income, Professionals, Locals, Tourists||Marc Jacobs, MAC Cosmetics, Alice and Olivia, Drybar, Athleta, Ralph Lauren, James Perse, Kiehl's, Joie||Oska, rag & bone, Freda Salvador, Superga||$70-$150||1,000-2,500|
|Marina||Upper Income, Young Professionals, Locals, Tourists||Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, GAP, Apple, Paper Source, Janie & Jack||Seed + Salt, Glaze||$75-$125||1,000-2,500|
|Hayes Valley||Young Professionals, Locals||Azalea Boutique, Amour Vert, Zonal, Warby Parker, Marine Layer, Steven Alan||Acoté, Oak + Fort, Will Leather Goods, Rand + Statler||$80-$125||1,000-2,500|
|Jackson Square||Upper Income, Professionals, Locals||Eden & Eden, Roche Luxe, Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters||Isabel Marant, A.P.C., Aesop||$50-$75||1,000-2,500|
Data as of May 2016
San Francisco is one of the world’s gourmet capitals. Its devotion to food has a lot to do with San Francisco’s endless cultural diversity. It is also influenced by the city’s sense of self, a unique place of creativity and innovation. Meals here are lighter and more vegetable- and seafood-driven than in many parts of the U.S., and diners as a whole are more wowed by “unique” than “famous.” With multiple restaurants on San Pellegrino’s World’s Best Restaurants list, the Bay Area boasts multiple accolades including recognition in the Michelin Guide: five three star restaurants, seven two star establishments, 38 starred restaurants within the trade area and 74 highlighted bites to seek out.
As a result of early settlement patterns, many neighborhoods are associated with a particular cuisine. North Beach is primarily Italian featuring North Beach Restaurant, Rose Pistola, L’Osteria del Forno and Original Joes. San Francisco boasts one of the world’s largest Chinatowns outside of Asia with Great Eastern and R&G Lounge being two of its featured restaurants. The Mission District has a strong Hispanic influence and offers La Taqueria, Taquerias El Farolito, Central Kitchen and many others.
Close proximity to the wine making regions of Napa and Sonoma makes San Francisco a great place to explore wine. World-Class restaurants such as Boulevard, Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Saison, Coi, Acquarello, Atelier Crenn and Quince offer some of the most impressive wine lists anywhere. Cocktails have become an additional outlet for culinary expression. In nearly every neighborhood, you’ll find a bar filled with fresh juices, high-quality spirits, and talented bartenders. The Alembic in the Upper Haight serves avant-garde cocktails, while San Francisco relic Dogpatch Saloon blends the old and the new serving cocktails. Local ingredients are the star at South of Market’s Bar Agricole while new seasonal offerings are aplenty at Trick Dog in the Mission, recently named one of Esquire’s Best Bars in America.
|KEY AREAS||CONSUMER PROFILE||FOOD & BEVERAGE OPERATOR INCLUDING||RENT FOR 3,500 SQFT UNIT|
|Union Square||Locals, Conventioneers and Tourists from around the World||Bourbon Steak, Cheesecake Factory, Farallon, Scala's, Le Colonial, Morton's, M.Y. China, Sons & Daughters, Hakkasan, Liholiho Yacht Club, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse||$40-$75|
|Financial District||Professionals, Conventioneers, Tourists||Tadich Grill, Perbacco, Michael Mina, Boulevard, RN74, Hog Island Oyster Co., Ozumo, Wayfare Tavern, Crystal Jade||$50-$70|
|Embarcadero||Popular with Local Foodies and Tourists||Slanted Door, Hog Island Oyster Company, Farmer's Market (3 days a week), MarketBar, Boulette's Larder , Waterbar, EPIC Steak, Boulevard, Coqueta, Hard Water, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana||$30-$60|
|Cow Hollow / Marina||Upper income neighborhood popular with Locals||A16, Isa, Pacific Catch, Delarosa, Mamacita, Izzy's Steaks & Chops, Umami, Roam, Balboa Cafe, Atelier Crenn, Tacolicious||$30-$40|
|Fillmore / Pacific Heights||Elegant neighborhood, boutiques and intimate restaurants serving Locals||Florio, Jackson Fillmore, Elite Café, SPQR, Delfina Pizza, Dosa, La Mediterranee, Octavia, State Bird Provisions, The Progress, 1300 on Fillmore||$40|
|Hayes Valley||Popular with Artists and Local Foodies||Souvla, Petit Crenn, Zuni Café, Cala, Aatxe, Monsieur Benjamin||$45-$65|
|Fisherman's Wharf||Tourist destination||Gary Danko, McCormick & Kuleto, Buena Vista Café, Scoma's, Boudin, Hard Rock Café||$30-$50|
|North Beach||Historically an Italian neighborhood frequented by Local Artists, Hipsters and Tourists||Rose Pistola, North Beach Restaurant, Original Joe's, Park Tavern, Tony's, Coi, Firenze, Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano, Tosca Café||$30-$40|
|Chinatown||Chinese neighborhood and Tourist destination||Great Eastern, R&G Lounge, Brandy Ho's Hunan, House of Nanking|
|The Mission||Traditional Hispanic neighborhood, popular with Artists and Foodies||Delfina, Foreign Cinema, Locanda, Flour + Water, Commonwealth, Bar Tartine, Central Kitchen, Lolinda, Trickdog, Hawker Fare, Lazy Bear||$30|
|Jackson Square||Professionals, Upper Income Locals and Tourists||Roka Akor, Quince, Cotogna, Globe, Trestle, The Battery, 5A5, Kokkari Estiatorio, Kusakabe||$40|
Data as of May 2016