Westfield San Francisco Centre

Department Store in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Wait, is this suburbia? Sure looks it inside this nine-level chain-store city, with Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom and dozens more retailers, plus a cinema multiplex. Supposedly the mall has a 'distinctive boutique' concept, which translates to same stuff, smaller stores. Best reasons to brave this behemoth: post-holiday sales, SF's BareMinerals makeup bar, bathrooms (including baby-changing lounges) and food court featuring Beard Papa's cream puffs.