BigMallRat's Rating: 10 out
Westfield San Francisco Center
is a vertical mall that leaves you feeling like you've walked in nine
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
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.