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1360 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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—...
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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...
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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...
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600 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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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...
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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...
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2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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While Heath Ceramics is over 60 years old, having been founded in 1948 in Sausalito, their colorful bud vases, dinnerware and tiles have enjoyed a boom in recent years. Straddling the line between a rough, hand-crafted aesthetic and an elegant,...

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One Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
If Chinatown is one of San Francisco’s most historic neighborhoods, continue walking for another ten minutes and you’ll arrive at one of its newest attractions, the Ferry Building. Actually, the building itself is not new, having been completed in...
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261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

In an age when many independent bookstores have surrendered to the advance of chain stores and Amazon, City Lights is a true survivor. Since it was founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1956, it has served as a gathering place for San...

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1488 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA
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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...
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4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
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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...
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736 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
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You couldn't find a union more perfect if you tried. Bread wizard Josey Baker, who mastered the art of crafting whole wheat flour into complex, delicious loaves of bread, joins Jeremy Tooker of Four Barrel Coffee, one of the city's infamous third...
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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-...
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3150 18th St #105, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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...
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2711, 1855 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, United States
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Amoeba records is a destination in itself, and every music lover will want to head there. But, turning your attention from the music to the people is also a worthwhile pursuit. Very, very fascinating! Young Cyndi Laupers and John Lennon wannabes,...
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3187 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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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...
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824 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
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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....
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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...
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416 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
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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...
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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...
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500 Avenue N, San Francisco, CA 94130, USA
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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,...