West Coast (Best Coast) Boutiques
Collected by Bronwen Gregory , AFAR Local Expert
I love discovering and digging in, to the endless storefronts launched by local artists on the West Coast. All shops that display that local pride and bring natural elements that reflect the spirit of their environment at the same time. The following are a few favorites on a list that just keeps growing!
2300 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
This is my one of my favorite stores in San Francisco. Located on Fillmore in Pacific Heights, the Nest is a traveler's boutique. Tables are piled high with French children's books and stationery, Peruvian knits, and Indian comforters. The...
513 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
When I say that this is my favorite cycling-inspired store on the planet, please know that I've more than done my homework. Not only is it in such a cool area of Seattle (where all of the stores in the same neighborhood are equally as creative),...
797 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
This creative collective founded by Ann Hatch, is a brilliant example of encouraging, supporting and showcasing artistic talent. In the heart of the cool Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, you'll know you're in the right spot immediately-...
801 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
There's a chance you're already having an affair with Jacky and Michael Rechiuti's flagship chocolate store in the Ferry Building. Do know, that you're not alone. They now have- not one- but two other store fronts in the Dogpatch district of the...
1300 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
It was by accident that I found Al's, while trying to find parking for an event in North Beach. It immediately stole my heart with their window display of vintage inspired, hand made shoes and clothing and I'm so glad that I went in. The fact that...
1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
The fabulous and creative Jill Wenger created and founded the beautiful Totokaelo in 2003 in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. This store is truly a purveyor of beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated fashion and objects, as the website...
904 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Next time you're in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF, don't miss the chance to swing by Rickshaw and create a custom bag. Tucked away in your Rickshaw bag you’ll find a tag with their special heart symbol, something called the Rickshaw “PCQ Tattoo”...
599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Housed in the gorgeous Harrington Galleries space at 17th and Valencia in the Mission, this PUBLIC bicycles shop is not to be missed. Not only is each bicycle a work of art, but the presentation of the accessories and bike-inspired art will appeal...
1550 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Walking into Shane Brown's San Francisco showroom of vintage collectibles and antiques is like being transported into a magical movie set scene. It's whimsical, spacious and inspiring. I was hoping I could hide in one of the antique trunks and...
560 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
There are a handful of stores in San Francisco that sell quirky and distinctive clothing, jewelry, and homewares. Eden & Eden is one. The brother-and-sister owners stock some vintage pieces and a nice selection of funky jewelry from the U.K. I've...
1330 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706, USA
Wise words are to be found alongside beautiful finds in this nursery and gift shop in Albany, CA. This is the perfect local spot to shop for flowers, plants, and all garden related gifts. Here's what is special about this nursery though: it's also...
2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
I hadn't been to the San Francisco location of Heath Ceramics, and was excited to learn it would play host for the release party of the new WILDSAM field guide to San Francisco. The space, design, colors and layout of the store feel a lot like the...
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956, USA
This photo was taken in woodcut print maker Tom Killion's studio in Inverness, California during an event called the Point Reyes Open Studios Weekend. The group known as the Point Reyes Open Studios Group was established in 1997 to promote the...
129 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, USA
I was on my bike with friends the day after Thanksgiving, beginning our climb to the summit of Mount Tam, when the Mill Valley Lumber Yard caught my eye on Miller Avenue. Fresh flowers, small boutiques in the old lumber yard offices and striking...
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