In SF you come for the bread bowl but stay for the excellent shopping experiences, here is our master guide of Bay Area shops that specialize in style, food, and home goods. If your wallet wasn’t crying, it better be now.
Birch // 701 11th St, San Francisco
Because who doesn’t love an innovative bouquet of flowers, we surely don’t. Birch has been providing the uniqueness of floral arrangements to the Bay Area in their little shop located in Hayes Valley. If you aren’t in love by the time you walk out, owner Torryne Choate will make sure that you are.
Castle In The Air // 1805 Fourth St, Berkeley
An art’s and crafts supply that’ll instantly transport you to the wizarding world of Harry Potter… Well not in that way but you get the point. Bringing the whimsical nature of making to the communities in Berkeley, Castle in The Air is a one-stop shop for those who enjoy competitive scrapbooking. Go on and super glue away.
Dijital Fix // 820 Valencia St, San Francisco
This digital paradise comes as a breath of fresh air to the already saturated San Francisco tech world. Boasting the niftiest gadgets and apparel, our must stop shop has gotten a little brighter with their constant array of items.
Erica Tanov // 1827 Fourth Street, Berkeley
Mixing together the beauty of Bay Area textiles and home living, living in a classic pair of Erica Tanov robes and silk pants are an absolute no brainer. Great to dress up, down, sideways, and to bed - miss Tanov is great for all seasons. Have you seen her shop in Berkeley? You’ll never wanna leave.
Flight001 // 525 Hayes St, San Francisco
Listen, trying to find a cohesive array of flight safe and deemed ready accessories is a complete hassle. Luckily, we only shop at Flight001 — garnering all of your airborne needs, this very, almost futuristic, modern store will have you jet-setting to a comfortable, well-rested face, and a relaxed state of mind mid-flight. You’ve got to see.
Gravel & Gold // 3266 21st St, San Francisco
The Mission’s little treasure, Gravel & Gold hosts some of California’s premiere designers and makers not to mention the elite forerunners in indie art. Come straight right in and get swept off your feet at these beautiful trinkets.
Held Over Vintage // 1543 Haight St, San Francisco
A colorful shop stocking an array of secondhand retro & vintage clothing, hats & accessories — it’s like walking into your personal Alice in Wonderland fantasy. Being located on the ever-so-popular Haight Ashbury, meeting a colorful friend or two is something we look forward too.
Iron & Resin // 7 Columbus Ave, San Francisco
This men’s outdoor brand leaves you wanting more because this California made brand was built by hand. From luxe leather wallets to rugged packing gear, these guys know what a modern city man wants nowadays. The result is a small, hand built collection of goods that draws heavily upon the founder’s own lifestyles and experiences. That’s A+ class to us.
Jeremys // 2967 College Ave, Berkeley
Where designer and discount meet in a beautiful space in the heart of Berkeley. Since their move from the Southpark based store, Jeremys has been booming with garments from all walks of life. Cough YSL cough. Whether you’re finding your freak’em dress or suitable shoes for a Bar Mitzvah, they’ll outfit you from head to toe.
Kit And Ace // 371 Hayes St, San Francisco
From the minds of Lululemon Athletica come the easy and breezy cashmere you need to own this second. Whether you like to look sporty or want to dress down for the weather, grabbing a raw cut shirt or five won’t be an issue. Ask the staff about the technical aspects behind the garments, the knowledge is so worth it.
Little Vine // 1541 Grant Ave, San Francisco
This modern specialty shop offers local & artisanal grocery items that literally can turn a kitchen into a Kinfolk living den. And not to mention, it all tastes fantastic. If you’re arranging a dinner party or treating a house of 2, Little Vine is your one stop shop.
March // 3075 Sacramento St, San Francisco
With this Gallerylike storefront stocking culinary supplies, tables, serving pieces & gourmet ingredients — finding the matching table cloths will be a thing of the past. Impress the in-laws with your savvy taste and wow them with the matching sterling silver salad forks you’ve been waiting to debut.
Nest // 2300 Fillmore St, San Francisco
Nest is your destination to the French Riviera — sporting charms and houseware that could change your studio apartment into chic AirBnB, Nest offers original and high-quality gifts and items that any person, man or woman, would absolutely love. It’s tres chic.
ODSY Workshop // 1417 Taraval St
The dynamic duo Yina Kim and Soojin Chae completely turned SF on its head when they opened their shoe cobbling business early last year. People of all age ranges come in for the most ridiculous requests and walk out feeling absolutely joyful. For a mean shoe repair, Soojin is your man. And while you’re waiting around for your kicks to be fixed — shop their gorgeous leather wears!
Press: Works On Paper // 3108 24th Street, San Francisco
A mission treat all it’s own, Press: Works On Paper hosts the most eclectic book and magazine ranges this side of the bay. Whether you’re an avid collector of independent zine’s or gotta have the most wanted printed back, they stock exclusively for the educated Bay Area reader.
Quitokeeto // 1256 Mason St, San Francisco
This collaborative kitchen is curated by the minds of Heidi Swanson + Wayne Bremser who source locally and from all points in California. They believe that, “A kitchen should be filled with tools that age, grow, and evolve with a cook.” And we agree as well. You need to see their ceramics collection because it will blow your mind.
ReLove Consignment // 1815 Polk St, San Francisco
This love child sprouted from the creative genius known as Delila, spotted in our first issue, Delila and her team are collectively bringing back the designer to those who want it. Sourcing and consigning multiple racks of garments daily, they are making sure ReLove is fit for the savvy style maven here in the Bay Area. Go inside and introduce yourself, they love making new friends within the community.
Seldom Seen // 522 Octavia St, San Francisco
The powerhouses known commonly as Natasha and Daniel have embarked on their storefront journey from website to reality, the two have laid claim to the chicest neighborhood in town and are now creating more than just a shop. They are creating an experience, and boy — you have to experience it.
Terrasol // 1742 Polk St, San Francisco
Fabulous for the perfect book scraping materials or the gift wrapping paper you’ve been dying to get, Terrasol is an SF one of a kind sporting fun and sweetly priced trinkets from all over. Housing soaps, jewelry, gift materials and more, we make this our stop for all things… Gifts. From their mouths, “Perhaps you will find a treasure or two that you ‘just can’t live without.’” We agree with this statement highly.
Unionmade // 493 Sanchez St, San Francisco
For all our male readers, modern menswear with classic style is the draw at this high-end boutique with a serious cult following. Everything for joggers, to shoes, to shorts, and quite honestly more, Unionmade could possibly be your one stop all male shop. Check out their swanky lookbooks for more eye-catching outfits.
Voyager // 365 Valencia St, San Francisco
Mixing modern art and classically designed garments, Voyager Shop is your gallery + shop + workspace all wrapped into one. Posting daily inspirations and the strong artists they have on their roster, finding something you love will not be difficult. If you happen to pop by, tell them we say hello!
Wasteland // 1660 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Quite possibly the largest thrift and vintage store in the city, Wasteland is the mecca of coveted vintage designers and some of today’s hottest fashions. Where you could quite possibly find a pair of all white Adidas sneakers for $30 and we mean it. You need to go TODAY because their floor changes weekly.
Zinc Details // 1633 Fillmore St, San Francisco
Where the golden age of the 80′s meets the modernism of today’s hottest furniture. Really live out your “Summer of Love” San Francisco fantasy with all one-of-a-kind pieces ranging in all different sizes, shapes, and price points. We’re not sorry for the money you’re going to be shelling out on Zinc Details.
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