If working up a sweat is not your idea of a holiday, there is plenty of credit card flexing to be done downtown. Many department stores and high-end shops are located near Union Square, such as Tiffany and Co, Nike Town, Barney’s New York and Macy’s. Most shoppers will gravitate towards Market Street, where the huge white-domed Westfield Centre can be found at 865 Market. Anchored by the US’s second-largest Nordstrom and West Coast flagship Bloomingdale’s stores, the center has a spa, cinema and more than 200 boutiques, restaurants and cafés. But if it is less commercial that you are looking for, head to the central stretch of Fillmore Street, between Jackson and Geary streets, for a more eclectic mix of retailers.
Opposite Westfield is the Powell Street cable car turn-around, which has been
Opposite page: Golden Gate Bridge, bicycle rentals, Powell Street cable car turn-around; Clockwise this page: Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight Street, Presidio neighborhood, Palace of Fine Arts