Where to Shop in San Francisco
Collected by Tamara Palmer , AFAR Contributor
1360 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
You don’t usually associate a vintage store with being choosy, but a visit to the Painted Bird in the Mission will change your mind. This small shop carefully selects its items from the public, which means its stock is chock full of treasures—...
170 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
San Francisco isn’t known for its high-fashion scene. That said, MAC is the place to go when you're looking for designer styles. MAC stands for "Modern Appealing Clothing," and the store carries just that, with collections for men and women by...
3266 21st St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Stop by Gravel & Gold in the Mission and you’ll find not only vintage goods from around the world, but also handmade and sustainably produced homeware, specialty food products, books, clothing, and jewelry made in and around San Francisco. Be sure...
600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The tall white walls are the perfect easel for the bibelots on sale at Rare Device. Whether functional or decorative, each item looks like a work of art that you'll really want in your home. You'll find things like Scandinavian-designed coffee...
3885 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA 94131, USA
Celia Sack’s store devoted to food- and drink-related books also serves as a gathering place for San Francisco chefs, foodies, and visiting authors. For anyone who collects cookbooks or rare first editions, it’s a worthy stop. The staff is...
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...
1488 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
Follow the cookie crumbs to this small but mighty good shop near Polk Street. The daily offerings include tried-and-true traditional recipes such as sugar cookies with rainbow sprinkles, snickerdoodles with just enough cinnamon, and good...
4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
An artist and an architect curate a cool mix of practical things here. You’ll find books on furniture and design, and interesting items like wooden radios and pencil sets. Lots of it is handmade. The store also sells chairs and tables that Luke...
736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
The lines out the door meant one of two things: the Mill must have the most amazing coffee ever or it's the next hip spot. After visiting I think it's a bit of both—The Mill's coffee is undoubtedly good and hipsters were abound. Their name, "The...
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-...
3150 18th St #105, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Little Paper Planes carries paper goods, housewares, plants, artists' editions & lots of other fun stuff in this tiny shop. Owl Cave Books is a small book shop within LPP. Spend an afternoon and wander along Valencia street checking out the unique...
1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
There didn't seem to be anyone listening to iPods or MP3 players the day I visited Amoeba Music. Instead, heads were up and bobbing to a band playing on the stage that looked over the music store. Those that weren't heeding the band were plucking...
3187 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Bell Jar is a great shop near 16th and Mission, selling a range of vintage and new designer clothing as well as accessories, notebooks, and bath products. The selection and display show a very considered approach, reflecting the lifestyle of an...
Japantown, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
Travel around the world within San Francisco's city limits. Stroll the streets of downtown's Chinatown, starting at Grant Street, for trinkets and windows full of jade jewelry. (Though the outer avenues—in the Richmond and Sunset districts—are the...
416 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Since 1984, Gimme Shoes has gained a San Francisco following for sourcing some of the best designer footwear at affordable prices; at Gimme Shoes, they don’t limit themselves to “luxury” products and instead focus on quality. They pride themselves...
1507 Vallejo St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
When Diane Campbell was 10, she sold gummy bears in plastic bags from her locker. Now she has a whole sweet shop to herself, just off Polk Street. You'll always find a smile on her face as she scoops out more than 300 kinds of candy, including...
500 Avenue N, San Francisco, CA 94130, USA
Along with a great view of San Francisco, Treasure Island is home to a popular flea market, formerly Treasure Island Flea, and now called TreasureFest. Each month around 400 curated vendors set up and peddle their wares. Stalls offer antiques,...
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