Things to Do in The Bay Area

It doesn’t get much better than shopping in San Francisco. Vendors from all over the world alongside unique local favorites are all open for exploring. From high end designer finds to something to commemorate your time in the beautiful Bay Area, walk away with something you’ll never forget. Take a look at some of our recommended spots below.

Fisherman's Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf provides hours of entertainment along the waterfront of San Francisco Bay. You’ll find many shops as you stroll along the wharf and its neighboring streets. This is the perfect place for a true San Francisco experience as its bustles with activity at spots like Boudin Bakery. Make sure to stop by during your trip to The Bay Area.

Ghirardelli Square

This city landmark is full of shops, dining and festivals to explore at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf. The world famous Ghirardelli Chocolate Company began their operations in this spot in 1852. Today, visitors can see the original manufacturing equipment and indulge in chocolate treats at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. Don’t miss the annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival each fall which brings together the area’s finest dessert companies for demonstrations, tastings and more.

Ferry Building Marketplace & Farmer’s Market

Stroll through the Ferry Building Marketplace during your next trip across The Bay. Located along the Embarcadero, this central hub is home to permanent specialty shopping and dining. Spend the afternoon trying a variety of tasty treats. The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market occurs here every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday where you can delight in fresh local fruits, vegetables and herbs a you shop for specialty food stuffs, enjoy artisan street food, and experience cooking demonstrations. Arrive by ferry from Alameda/Oakland, cable car, BART or car. Parking is available nearby.

Pier 39

Pier 39 is the home of San Francisco’s famous sea lion population. Walk along this 45 acre waterfront spot and visit its many shops, restaurants, attractions and more. The views of The Bay from here are amazing and not-to-miss. Shops include apparel, gifts, specialty foods, art, souvenirs, toys and more. Arrive by cable car, the Alameda/Oakland ferry, or by car. Parking is available at the Pier 39 Parking Garage.

Embarcadero Center

You’ll find premier area shopping, dining and events at the Embarcadero Center. Browse the shops, take in a concert series and dine on exquisite eats. Find a delightful array of local purveyors and national brands as well as a full movie theater. In the winter, bring the family to the public outdoor skating rink adorned with holiday decorations. Parking is located nearby or you may arrive by public transportation.

Westfield Shopping Centre

Westfield brings together all of your favorite brands to one beautiful indoor shopping experience. Find premium apparel retailers, home goods, beauty products and more. Also plan an evening of entertainment in the center’s movie theater. Public parking is available close by or consider taking the BART or cable car to this location on Market Street.

Vacaville Premium Outlets

Up the road in Vacaville, CA, visit premium brands and find great deals at over 120 outlet stores. For shopping aficionados and deal hunters, this is a not-to-miss. Spend the day and leave with fantastic finds from ongoing sales and events.

Bayfield Center

About 15 minutes from The Marina Inn, Bayfield Center delights shoppers with a variety of national brands offering toys, beauty products, apparel and more. There is also a 16 screen movie theater in the complex for your enjoyment. Be sure to stop in for great finds.

Union Landing

This open air shopping mall welcomes visitors every day of the year and features over 50 major brands and restaurants. About 15 minutes down the coast from The Marina Inn, pick up everything you need in one place. From The Marina Inn, follow Marina Blvd. to Route 880 South and get off at the Whipple Road/Dyer Street exit and you can’t miss it!

Marina Square

This shopping center right in San Leandro features famous brands from around the world in factory stores. Score great discounts in men’s and women’s apparel and more. Dining options are also available. From The Marina Inn follow Monarch Bay Drive to Marina Blvd. less than two miles before arriving at the shopping center on the right.

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