Oh San Francisco. You and your tempting shops with their enticing wares. I was not immune to you. In fact, had I realized what great shopping was in store in San Francisco… I might not have traveled with just a carry on suitcase.
- Ghirardelli Square – chocolate. Need I say more.
- The Ferry building. The building is a treasure trove of food stores. From Far West Funghi selling all types of mushrooms (including grow your own boxes) to the almond and peanut brittle, I was massively tempted.
- Pier 39, while extremely touristy, does have a great selection of food stores to bring home gifts from. Saltwater taffy, more chocolate (sigh), wine stores and even the Biscoff store! Who doesn’t want to bring home Biscoff cookie spread? Almost better than Nutella.
- Books. If you’re shopping for a unique book (a.k.a one that you cannot find at Chapters) it would be a sin not to visit City Lights Books. I left with two books, but could have easily bought a hundred.
- Soaps and trinkets. I found Elizabeth W to be a gorgeous shop. I want my house to look like that shop! Selling custom soaps and scrubs, as well as jewelry and trinkets, I was in love and left with a lighter wallet.
- Gifts for friends and family. Lola of North Beach was a serious issue for me. I could have bought everything in the store. From toys to souvenirs, cards to journals, the store is full of well-thought out items that would make great gifts for anyone in your life.
Of course, there are all the big brand name stores, but when you’re in a place as gorgeous as San Francisco with their boutique shops, why would you want to?