Westfield San Francisco Centre
Wrapped around the existing Nordstrom complex, the most sparkling of all mega malls in San Francisco, the Westfield Centre, unveiled in late 2006, offers more than 400 stores (and the obligatory multiplex), including everything from H&M to Oilily to Tommy Bahama. This is the kind of slam-glam shopping extravaganza that vaporizes time and money like so much dust in the wind-and banishes rainy-day blues in a jiffy. The Bloomies is top-notch, with impressive housewares and lingerie departments. If you shop ’til you drop from hunger, ascend to the fourth floor to lounge over cocktails and fusion snacks at Straits, fight your way to the bar at Lark Creek Steak, or watch your own private guacamole get whipped up at Zazil.