San Francisco’s Union Street

Some of the most Eclectic Shopping in the City!

Nestled in the northeast portion of San Francisco and bordered by The Presidio on the west and San Francisco Bay on the east, Union Street is easily accessible from just about everywhere. This is convenient, as the shops found along this commercial corridor offer something for everyone from high couture to lowbrow used clothing to artisan bakeries and just about everything in-between. Whether you choose to reach for your billfold or not, this is a great place for a leisurely stroll in the city, experiencing the sights, sounds and delectable smells wafting onto the sidewalk from the many eateries along the way.

Union Street has some national anchor stores, such as Macy’s and Neiman Marcus, but discerning shopaholics will be drawn to the smaller storefronts along the way, many doing business in small buildings that were once single-family homes and small apartment buildings. You can easily spend a day or two wandering in and out of the near-endless variety of shops, most of which are locally owned and operated. Head down Union Street in either direction and you’ll find:

  • Dozens of clothing boutiques featuring cutting-edge fashions by national, international, and local designers
  • Custom jewelry designed and crafted by artisans, who frequently work on-site and can be seen from the street
  • Bistros, bakeries, coffee shops, bars, delis, sushi joints, ethnic restaurants, national chains and many other eateries.
  • Antique stores filled with one-of-a-kind items
  • Art galleries, which feature work from throughout the Bay Area and beyond
  • Beauty and health spas, which offer a welcome respite for weary shoppers
  • Bookstores offering new, used and collector’s volumes
  • Lingerie and other exciting and enticing intimate wear crafted from a variety of materials
  • Custom furniture and other high-end home furnishings from local, national and international dealers
  • Interesting gift shops for gift buying, mementos from your visit or both!
  • Flower shops, eyewear boutiques and many other interesting retailers, all of whom make this one of the best shopping districts in the city.

Union Street is a great place to spend a whole day or part of an afternoon simply following your feet and drifting in and out of the storefronts that intrigue you. Locals as well as tourists shop here for the fun, the cool vibe of the place, the great food and the strong likelihood of finding what they need or the rare item that can they simply cannot resist. For more information on the shops and services available along this corridor, visit