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The similarly named (and similarly-stocked) Canton Bazaar (616 Grant Ave.) lies immediately across the street from China Bazaar and on the same side of the block as Asian Renaissance. Also bearing three floors of merchandise, Canton Bazaar is noticeably well laid out, featuring a large variety of items from interior furnishings to apparel. A number of silk jacquard accessories (headbands, wallets, make-up bags, purses and clutches; $3.95-$19.50) greet you at street level, as well as a very large selection of discounted fine and costume jewelry. On my visit, all Austrian Crystal hair accessories were on clearance (50% off marked prices of $28-$58), a deal I had to observe at a distance due to the crush of potential customers for these items.
Canton Bazaar is a boon for home furnishings as well. Embroidered silk pillows ($29.50), beaded sari-fabric throw pillows ($39.50) and silk bolster pillows ($39.50) present divine choices for the divan. -- Anthony Russell
Far be it from me to take shopping pointers from the tourists who liberally populate San Francisco on a regular basis -- I would rather be the one dispensing the tips as opposed to receiving them -- b... More »