Tips for shopping in San Francisco
San Francisco, perched at the northern end of the San Francisco Penninsula, houses over 800 thousand residents in just 47 square miles, making it the second most densely populated city in the U.S. after New York City. San Francisco has one of the most iconic city centers in the country. Such landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the cable car system make the city a very popular tourist destination and place of residence. The city's geography is in and of itself a landmark: some of the steepest urban hills in world are located in San Francisco, including the “world's windiest road.” Neighborhoods such as Castro, Chinatown, and Haight-Ashbury also live within the national psyche. Though the city has suffered from numerous devastating earthquakes and fires stemming from the nearby restive San Andreas Fault, it has grown since its founding as a Spanish mission in 1776. San Francisco was also the destination of many “49ers”, who ventured across the Rocky Mountains in 1849 in search of gold. At that time, San Francisco was the largest city on the Pacific Coast. The commercial atmosphere of the city is now defined by San Francisco's thriving start-up scene. Given its location at the northern end of Silicon Valley, many of these new businesses are in the tech sector. Such a dynamic city also naturally has countless shopping options. If you're not in the neighborhoods discovering new, independent shops, dip into one of San Francisco's numerous shopping malls and districts.