You will have access to a huge choice of fragrances if you go to Union Square. Some places to visit:
Nordstrom [in San Francisco Center, a few blocks off Union Square]
Personally, I would go to Barney's first, then Neiman's, then Jacqueline, then Chanel, then Diptyque, then Saks. That's the
path of least distance to hit them all. They are all very close together.
Barney's is the biggest new addition to the San Francisco fragrance retailing scene in many years. They stock the
full range of Editions de Parfums du Frederic Malle. Some super quality scents in that line.
There is also Gump's, which is a high-end department store at Union Square. They stock some unusual fragrances, but
I think it's someplace to visit only if you have extra time.
Jacqueline is a small fragrance shop that is well stocked with quality stuff. I find the old French gentleman who runs it
to be curmudgeonly, but some find him charming. Regardless, he stocks stuff worth smelling.
The main attraction of the Chanel boutique is the chance to sample fragrances from their L'Exlusifs collection. Some really
fine stuff in that collection. Sadly, Chanel Pour Monsieur (1955) is not sold even here, though it's available in Europe pretty
Enjoy the trip. Put a short leash on your wallet.
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Saks carries the full line of By Killian.