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