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Westfield San Francisco Centre Blends History, Culture and Sophistication with Retail, Restaurants, and Urban Style

April 7, 2014 Shopping No Comments Email Email

Visitors from around the world who step into Westfield San Francisco Centre marvel at its inspired design, effortless sophistication and world-class shopping, entertainment and dining.

Located just two blocks from famed Union Square on San Francisco’s Market Street, this iconic destination is located on the site of the former Emporium Department Store, a structure built in 1896 and once hailed as the “Grandest Mercantile Building in the World” with its signature Beaux-Arts grand façade and elegant glass and steel dome.

At Westfield San Francisco Centre, nearly one-third of its 20 million annual visitors are tourists. “Westfield San Francisco provides a total shopping experience unlike any other right in the heart of San Francisco,” said Amy Benson, Senior Marketing Director for Westfield San Francisco Centre. “We offer two luxury department stores and over 200 specialty shops, designer boutiques and restaurants, making Westfield San Francisco Centre one of the nation’s largest urban retail destinations.”

Visitors to San Francisco naturally head to the Bloomingdale’s west coast flagship and the second largest Nordstrom in the United States. For travelers preferring a boutique shopping experience, the Centre offers Burberry Brit, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, REDValentino, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch,and many more.

International travelers frequently name San Francisco as a culinary hotspot, so it should come as no surprise thatWestfield San Francisco Centre, the Bay Area’s premier shopping destination, features an impressive collection of full-service, award-winning cuisine for lunch, brunch, dinner and everything in between. Its Restaurant Collection Under the Dome is home to LarkCreekSteakCupola Pizzeria, Straits Restaurant, La Boulange du Dome and the world renowned James Beard award winner Martin Yan’s M.Y. China, which offers authentic, modern Chinese food. Culinary travelers delight in watching the handiwork of M.Y. China’s master noodle-maker Tony Wu, as he expertly stretches the restaurant’s signature hand-pulled low mein during live demonstrations.

For visitors looking for casual, grab-and-go dining options, the Centre’s Food Emporium is a gourmand’s paradise. Located on the Concourse Level, this unique dining environment provides visitors with a smorgasbord of international cuisines from 21 eateries. Bristol Farms, California’s signature gourmet market and deli, has collected a long string of accolades since its first store opened in 1982, being named by media as the “best small market” with the “best deli,” “best sushi,” “best meat” and “best cooking school”.

Westfield San Francisco Centre’s VIP Passport to Savings program entitles travelers to hundreds of dollars in savings, special offers and services provided by dozens of participating shops and restaurants. Vouchers are available online and at most area hotels, visitor centers, or from tour operators and travel agents. The vouchers can be presented at Westfield Guest Services, along with an out of town driver’s license or passport, in exchange for a VIP Passport to Savings.

Westfield San Francisco Centre’s Customer Service Ambassadors offer information about the Centre, including their VIP Passport to Savings program, and assist with dinner reservations, transportation, gift card purchases, foreign language assistance and information about nearby attractions, events and activities. The Ambassadors are also available for complimentary meet and greets for group travelers. A currency exchange is also available.

Groups are always welcome at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Group dining in private rooms, pre fixed menus, etc. can be coordinated in advance. BothNordstrom and Bloomingdale’s offer group-dining options, which can be combined with a variety of special events and group activities. Nordstrom Caféand Bloomingdale’s private Mission View Room are favorite elements of customized fashion shows, men’s and women’s wardrobe planning seminars, fashion and beauty makeovers, and home and seasonal decorating presentations.  All events can all be customized upon request. In addition, the Centre offers the following group programs available to tour operators at net rates:

  • Pre-Paid Meal Vouchers for groups with 12 or more travelers. The Pre-Paid Group Meal Voucher Dining Program is a perfect solution for tour operators hosting on-the-go groups looking for a quick meal option. The vouchers are available to tour operators at net rates and are redeemable for a variety of hot and cold, fresh, California foods offered by the renownedBristol Farms Gourmet Market. 
  • Historic Walking Tour for groups with 12 or more travelers. This new walking tour celebrates this historic San Francisco treasure and its contemporary transformation. From its days as “The Grandest Mercantile Building in the World” to its modern day position as the West Coast primer for shopping destination, visitors will learn about the Centre’s world-class fashion, food, entertainment, and technology while exploring its significant architectural features including spiral escalators, the original 1896 Beaux Arts façade and its 102 foot-wide glass dome. 
  • Burke Williams Spa. When visitors enter Burke Williams Day Spa, they are transported to an oasis where ancient techniques of a world-class European spa blend with modern advances in health and science. The Spa offers traditional soothing face and body treatments, Spa Manicures and Pedicures, and more. Complete spa packages are available to travelers seeking a full-day experience. Groups from 10 to 100, spouse programs and private events are welcome. Customized programs and catering is available onsite. Gift certificates are available for incentive groups and visiting convention. 

Westfield San Francisco Centre is easily accessible by public transit including BART, Muni or Cable Car. The Centre is located just 20 minutes from San Francisco International Airport on the corner of 5th & Market across the street from San Francisco’s largest parking garage. Valet parking is also available.

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