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Westfield Shopping Center, San Francisco

Reviewing: Westfield Group San Francisco Centre  |  Rating:
May Monten By May Monten on
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This new shopping center, which opened a year ago, isn't your typical mall. For one thing, the developers preserved, restored, and raised the dramatic dome that was the landmark feature of the Emporium department store that was formerly on the site. For another, the food is a cut above typical mall food.

The center is downtown, across the street from the cable car turnaround on Powell and Market. You can also enter on Mission Street, across the street from the Metreon theaters. Bloomingdale's is the anchor tenant at one end, and Nordstrom's on the other.

In the basement there is a very upscale grocery store, where in addition to regular groceries, you can get take-out from several long deli counters or a salad bar. There's also a food court with many interesting choices. You can smell the Beard Papa's cream puffs from quite a distance!

If you walk through the basement to the old end of the mall (the Nordstrom's end), there are more food-court type restaurants, most of them less trendy and a bit cheaper than those on the other end.

On the top floor is a movie theater with about six screens. An escalator ride below that is a Border's bookstore that has a nice cafe which is probably my favorite place in the mall -- no surprise since I'm a bookworm who loves coffee. On the same level you can also sit and rest your feet in a comfortable seating area beneath the dome. There are also several upscale restaurants.

The whole thing is about five or six stories high, so there are a lot of stores. You could easily spend many hours there.