Black Friday in San Francisco 2018

8 Top Places to Find Great Deals

On Black Friday in San Francisco 2018, 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

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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 in the Marina district. 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 $33, Goldstar price $16.50*

  • Twilight Cruise: 1.5 hour evening cruise, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf and includes light appetizers, Full price $70, Goldstar $44*

  • The Dinner Detective Interactive Mystery Dinner Show: Uncover the mystery during this fun evening, interactive show, certain Saturday nights at 6pm, Full price $115.94, Goldstar $81.16*

  • Chinatown Food Tour: Sample traditional dishes in the popular Chinatown district as you learn about its history, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am, Full price $69, Goldstar $48*

*Small service fee at checkout.

More Fun Things to Do on Black Friday in San Francisco

Cirque du Soleil

VoltaCirque du Soleil is back in San Francisco and this year's show is better than ever! The show is called Volta and there is one show this Black Friday in San Francisco at 8pm.

The show follows the story of a young man seeking fame as a game show contestant. He dreams of having it all if he could just get more recognition.

What he learns is that he needs to reach deep inside himself to build the life he has always dreamed.

Each show offers gorgeous costumes and entertaining acrobatics. Performances are Under the Grand Chapiteau near AT&T Park.

>> More on this year's Cirque du Soleil performance

>> More theater shows on Thanksgiving Weekend

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


Sporting Events

golden state warriorsThis Black Friday in San Francisco, you will also find two of our professional teams in action.

Head over to Oakland (a quick 15 to 20 minute train ride away!) to see our Golden State Warriors in action. You can watch some of the NBA's best players take on the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:30pm at Oracle.

Our NHL team is also in action. The San Jose Sharks take on the Vancouver Canucks. The game is at 6pm at the SAP Center in San Jose. It's easy to get here by train or car from San Francisco.

Click the links below for ticketing information for these two games.

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