Shop for Natural Oddities at Paxton Gate in San Francisco
Stepping into Paxton Gate is like entering a wonderland. What began as a small store in an alley off Market Street in 1992 has since grown into their location on Valencia Street, a mecca for those interested in the oddities of the natural world. The stock of gardening merchandise, taxidermy (all sourced ethically), antique and vintage furniture, jewelry, books, and home décor would take hours to go through, and you’re more than welcome to stay as long as you like. Have kids with you or looking to buy a present for one? Visit Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids down the block, where they believe that fun for children doesn’t have to involve a screen. And if you’re looking for designers and craftsmen for an indoor or outdoor space, look no further than Paxton Gate Design/Build, which has worked on residential and commercial spaces around San Francisco including Flour + Water, Central Kitchen & Salumeria, and the Third Rail. Paxton Gate is open Sundays through Wednesdays from 11 am to 7 pm and Thursdays through Fridays from 11 am to 8 pm.
By Liv Combe, AFAR Contributor
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Oddities at Paxton Gate
Paxton Gate is the kind of strange shopping experience that is unique to San Francisco. The collection feels as though it were curated by a team of neo-gothic apothecaries, exotic florists, steampunk jewelers, and eccentric taxidermists. I tend to take home vintage lithographs and locally crafted accessories, but often times I'll pop-in to browse the oddities. A trip here will satisfy curiosities you didn't even know you had.
By Allison Murray, AFAR Contributor
The back garden of Paxton's Gate
This is one of my favorite shops in San Francisco. It is full of all sorts of curiosities and funky plants and located down in the mission. I could spend hours in the place.
By Tara Guertin, AFAR Staff
Curiosities & Oddities
Paxton Gate is a must see if you're in San Francisco's Mission district. This small shop is a trip! Plenty of natural wonders and odd stuff. Does mom need a raccoon skull for her birthday? You'll find it here! Animal skulls & skeletons, seashells, insects, fossils, minerals, scientific equipment, weird plants, taxidermy...the list goes on and on. A visual treat to explore. Don't miss the back garden — just lovely. Down the street you'll find the sister store, Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids. Take the whole family and enjoy the looks of amazement on their faces.
By Clare Olivares, AFAR Local Expert
824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Sun - Wed 11am - 7pm
Thur - Sat 11am - 8pm