Head to nearby Barneys New York, to snag a gift for your guy--its recent renovation includes a redesigned men’s section as well as a restaurant, so you can refuel after a long morning of shopping. From there, label lovers will enjoy hitting a swath of big brands’ flagships in the heart of Union Square, including newer additions like Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Saint Laurent, Brunello Cucinelli, and CH Carolina Herrera. From the chic, high-gloss interiors to the artfully displayed clothing, shoes, and accessories, these architectural shops are must-sees for fashionistas.

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Continue walking and you’ll pass a plethora of other bold names, from shoes to jewels: Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta. Plus, look out for dream diamond destination Harry Winston to join the crew this year.

End your afternoon with a glass of champagne at the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus for a picture perfect view of Union Square’s haute shops. It’s the best way to kick off what’s sure to be an ideal night out, wearing your new duds, of course, sipping only-in-S.F. cocktails and dining at one of the city’s top dinner destinations.

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