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Black Friday in San Francisco 2016

8 Top Places to Find Great Deals

On Black Friday in San Francisco 2016, you will find dozens of great places to shop for deals. Some of the most popular include the stores around Union Square, the Westfield Mall on Market Street, and the Stonestown Galleria.

You can also pick up gifts for yourself and others at Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, and Chinatown. Find information on these recommendations and more!

Black Friday in San Francisco

1. Union Square

Union Square ShoppingUnion Square is one of the most popular shopping areas to spend Black Friday in San Francisco for its variety of commercial and luxury stores, the fantastic holiday decorations, and its proximity to downtown hotels, restaurants, and public transportation.

Bordering the plaza, you'll find the large department store Macy's taking up the southern block. Scattered in a close radius, you'll also find Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Nike, Apple, Louis Vuitton, Saks Fifth Avenue, and other big brands. This shopping hub is sure to be full of people taking in the sights while taking advantage of great deals.

>> More about shopping around Union Square

2. Westfield Mall on Market Street

Westfield MallWith more than one hundred shops and eateries spread among five extensive floors of this downtown shopping mall, the Westfield Shopping Centre is sure to have what you're looking for on your holiday shopping list.

Among the mall's stores are Swatch, H&M, Guess, Victoria's Secret, Bloomingdales, and many more, plus three additional floors of just Nordstrom. Head over here for your one-stop shopping spree on Black Friday in San Francisco.

3. Stonestown Galleria

Stonestown GallieraThe Stonestown Galleria also has over one hundred stores and restaurants, but is a little farther away. Your options here include big department stores like Macy's and Nordstrom, as well as electronics stores like Apple and Gamestop, and men's and women's clothing stores like Banana Republic, Express, and Victoria's Secret.

You'll find this mall on the western end of the city, towards the SF Zoo, and you can take the Muni light rail "M Ocean View" to get off right in front.

4. Pier 39

Pier 39 ShoppingTo do some less commercial shopping on Black Friday in San Francisco, head over to Pier 39, the center of SF's distinct Fisherman's Wharf district. All throughout the two levels of the charming wooden pier, you'll find different small stores like the Crystal Shop, Gadgetronics, the Left Hand Store, Sunglass Hut, and many more.

This tourist destination is the perfect place to pick up some unique gifts and souvenirs for yourself and loved ones while you take in the holiday cheer.

>> Details on shopping at Pier 39

5. Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square ShoppingOn Black Friday in San Francisco, you can find a little respite from the mall rush at Ghirardelli Square. This is a fun place to hang out, grab a delicious snack, and do a little shopping. In addition to their fabulous assortment of fresh-made signature chocolates, you will also find a variety of small boutique shops offering great gifts.

These include two stationery stores, a jewelry store, the flagship elizabethW store, and Helpers Bazaar, a 100% charity-driven boutique by Joy Bianchi.

>> Details about shopping at Ghirardelli Square

6. Union Street Shops

Marina ShoppingThere is a great little shopping district in the trendy and classy Union Street neighborhood, which is full of picturesque Victorians and was also named one of the top five best areas in the nation for young people to live. American Apparel, Nike, and Lululemon are some of the biggest brand names you will find in this area, and they are accompanied by dozens more local specialty shops.

Head over this way for clothing, books, electronics, items for the home, jewelry, and more. This part of Union Street spans from Fillmore to Van Ness. You will also find wonderful shops a few blocks north on Chestnut Street in the Marina.

7. Embarcadero Center

Embarcadero CenterBy Black Friday, the Embarcadero Center will be all lit up and even equipped with an ice skating rink to add to your holiday shopping pleasure. Laid out as an outdoor mall spread over a few city blocks, this shopping center contains plenty of brand name stores that are sure to have great sales: Gap, L'Occtaine en Provence, Ann Taylor, LOFT, and many more.

The Embarcadero Center is conveniently located just two blocks north of the Embarcadero BART and Muni station, and just across the street from the Ferry Building.

8. Chinatown

Chinatown ShoppingThere's no commercial shopping mall in Chinatown, but the whole district is brimming with small, locally owned shops. You don't need Black Friday deals here because the prices in Chinatown are bargains any day.

Head on over and check out for yourself the incredible variety of unique gifts you can walk away with--everything from cheap clothing and shoes, to items for the home, to souvenirs, to basically anything you can imagine!

>> Where to shop in Chinatown for deals

Additional Deals this Weekend in SF

In addition to the options mentioned above for Black Friday in San Francisco, you can also save on your stay by booking tours and tickets through Goldstar. These are just a few of the great options available this weekend.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $31, Goldstar price $15.50*

  • California Sunset Cruise: 2-hour evening cruise with a appetizer buffet, live music, and the chance to see Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from the decks at night, leaves once a day from Fisherman's Wharf, Full price $64, Goldstar price $32-40*

  • Night Segway Tour: Ride around SF's most popular districts on this 2.5 hour tour, it starts with a training session so you are comfortable before you leave, you will then ride through Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, and Chinatown, learn all about each district along the way from your knowledgeable guide, leaves once a night from Fisherman's Wharf, Full price $75, Goldstar $37.50*

*Small service fee at checkout.

More Fun Things to Do on Black Friday in San Francisco

Lion King Performances

The Lion King>> Tickets for this weekend's shows

Disney's Broadway hit The Lion King has been called "the world's #1 musical" due to its popularity. This Black Friday in San Francisco, find out for yourself what makes this production so magical, with songs that have endured generations and incredible costumes that bring larger-than-life animals of Africa to the stage.

Catch a matinee or evening performance at the historic Orpheum Theater.

>> More theater shows on Thanksgiving Weekend

Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA

Luzia>> Tickets for this weekend

To really escape the urban hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping sprees, step into the giant circus tent near AT&T Park and let yourself be transported to the fantastic and colorful world of Mexican mysticism.

Cirque du Soleil is renowned for its beautifully artistic acrobatic shows, and this holiday season in San Francisco, you have the chance to watch their latest show Luzia.

>> More about this year's performance

Concerts & Live Music

ConcertsSan Francisco is a haven for live music fans. With dozens of venues all over the city and performances nearly every night of the week, you can take your pick among shows by local artists in intimate settings, and shows by huge pop stars at one of the Bay Area's larger arenas.

Check out the schedule of upcoming concerts.

>> Calendar of top shows this weekend


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