I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Chloe Steck, Staff Writer
February 8, 2012
Filed under Travel
The aftermath of Christmas morning leaves people, teenagers likes myself specifically, with a boost in their recreational spending. The days after Christmas and before New Years, people flock to their nearest shopping center intent on blowing that extra money.
I chose to go to San Francisco. Now, you can’t go wrong shopping anywhere in the city, but post-holiday shopping trips should be brainstormed before setting out. A couple friends and I first made a trip to Haight Street. Here, thrift stores are
abundant, such as Buffalo Exchange and Cheap Thrills. Though the street is also home to higher end thrift stores, one of which is ironically named Wasteland. They’re all filled with sneaky steals like designer jeans for $20 (whoot!). Outside the stores are tables set up by people who make homemade doo-dads like buttons and rings, and the location is an overall pleasant, less congested shopping scene.
We then made our way over to the fabulous Union Square. Overwhelming would be an understatement for it’s enormity, but fun nonetheless. I recommend first visiting the three-story heaven known as Forever 21. Blinded by the perfect prices, you can easily spend a big chunk of your money there without even realizing it. After, depending on what you like, you can go to Westfield Mall, a gigantic white-marbled extravaganza filled with stores such as American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, etc. Or you could make your way to the center of the square (a trip well worth taking) and see the perfectly symmetrical, giant tree and the ice-skating rink situated in front of Macy’s.
I traveled even further than that (only one block) to Chinatown. Here, you can wander the first few blocks and peek in the tourist shops littered with “I [heart] SF” t-shirts and mini personalized California license plates. There is also no shortage of knock off designer purses and cheap jewelery.
Shopping is a workout, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Thankfully, San Francisco doesn’t disappoint in the food department. Numerous cafes and restaurants inhabit every street. You could grab dim sum in Chinatown, seafood on Fisherman’s Wharf, and Italian food in North Beach. Though personally, I can never pass up a Stanley Steemer hot dog. Found on either side of the square, these huts make the best hot dogs, hands down. They’re given to you hot with condiments in the front of the stand. They also warm up your fingers from the chilly weather
Shopping in San Francisco is a trip well spent. Your feet might ache a little on the way home, but that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make every time.