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Westfield San Francisco Center review

865 Market Street • San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 512-6776

Website: Westfield San Francisco Center

BigMallRat's Rating: 10 out of 10

Westfield San Francisco Center is a vertical mall that leaves you feeling like you've walked in nine circles.

The mall's unique architecture features five levels of stores with unusual spiral-shaped escalators. The sixth floor features Century Theatres and San Francisco State University. Atop the mall sits the Seattle-based Nordstrom department store, which features another five levels of upscale merchandise.


Westfield San Francisco Center houses numerous high-end stores and provides enough reasons to walk from Union Square. In fact, you'll find some of the same stores that you can find just outside (such as Kenneth Cole and Aldo shoes). However, this mall is such a draw that the area can support multiple locations of a single store. Look for an exceptional Abercrombie & Fitch and J. Crew.

The Nordstrom department store, known for its outstanding service and shoes, is the Bay Area flagship. It offers an extensive collection of designer clothing for men, women, and children.

The new Bloomingdale's is the second largest in the chain and features an outstanding collection of designers and other luxuries.

A first for the area, but typically of many malls abroad, is a grocery store. The chic Southern California grocer, Bristol Farms, makes its Bay Area debut here.


The food court, situated on the Concourse (lowest) level is named the Food Emporium. Its name pays homage to the historic department store that once called this area home. You'll find a fantastic array of gourmet eateries that can satisfy even the most finicky of eaters. Scattered throughout the Bloomingdale's side of the mall, you'll find a number of upscale restaurants for discriminating tastes. For moderately-priced American food and a brilliant view of downtown, try the Nordstrom Cafe.


Westfield San Francisco Center is located downtown, at the corner of Market Street and 5th Street. Its urban location makes parking difficult. However, try the Fifth & Mission/Yerba Buena Garage.

It's also right atop the Powell Street BART and MUNI station.

Anchor Stores


Borders Books

Bristol Farms Gourmet Grocer

Century Theatres 9/CineArts (current showtimes)



Monday - Saturday

10 AM - 8:30 PM


11 AM - 7 PM


Stores: 170

Type: Superregional center

Enclosed: Yes

GLA: 139,354.56 m2 (1,500,000 sq. ft.)

Levels: 5

Owner: Westfield Centres

Management Company: Westfield Centres

Grand Openings: 1988 (mall); Sep. 28, 2006 (Bloomingdale's and new mall in old Emporium building)

Anchor Closures: 1996 (The Emporium)

Renovated: 1991


Size: Large

Architectural Appearance: Chic

Cleanliness: Hospital clean!

Occupancy: Bursting at the seams!

Stores: Upscale/Mainstream

Store Quality: Flagship

Location: Very convenient/BART, MUNI (Powell Street station)

Parking: Convenient garages and transit access

Services: Concierge services, Wi-Fi Hotspot, free shopping bags, free wheelchair/electric scooter rental, valet parking provided by Nordstrom, free Kiddie Kruzzer stroller rental, free gift boxes, free balloons.

Uniqueness: One-of-a-kind gem!

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Review date: 1 Mar 2009

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