Top Choice Food & Drinks in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Recchiuti Chocolates

No San Franciscan can resist award-winning Recchiuti: Pacific Heights parts with old money for its fleur de sel caramels; Noe Valley's foodie kids prefer S'more Bites to the campground variety; North Beach toasts to…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Britex Fabrics

Runways can't compete with Britex' fashion drama since 1952. First floor: designers bicker over dibs on caution-orange chiffon. Second floor: glam rockers dig through velvet goldmines. Third floor: Hollywood costume…
Top Choice Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

William Stout Architectural Books

You can't fit SFMOMA into your pocket, but you can put it on your coffee table – California architectural obsessions begin at William Stout, with 1st-edition catalogs for SFMOMA designers Snøhetta and retro classics…
Top Choice Homewares in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Heath Ceramics

Odds are your favorite SF meal was served on Heath Ceramics, Bay Area chefs' tableware of choice ever since Alice Waters started using Heath's modern, hand-thrown dishes at Chez Panisse. Heath's muted colors and str…
Food in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Prather Ranch Meat Company

For carnivores this is the highest-quality outlet in the Bay Area. Look no further for humanely raised, all-natural, dry-aged organic beef.
Fashion & Accessories in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Hero Shop

On the cutting edge of the Tenderloin, Hero transforms casual browsers into SF fashionistas with statement pieces by rising-star local designers: Stevie Howell's boho silk tunics, Future Glory's handmade marbled-lea…
Jewelry in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

General Bead

Wild beading ambitions strike suddenly within these walls lined with bulk beads, inducing visions of DIY drag and handmade holiday gifts like sparkling mirages: multi-tiered necklaces, sequined samba costumes, mosai…
Books in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

The Magazine

The mother lode of magazines since 1973. The Magazine's old wooden shelves barely contain all the 1940s pinup mags, 1950s Vogue, trippy 1960s underground hippie newspapers, 1970s Italian boxing fanzines and '80s new…
Adult in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Mr S Leather

Only in San Francisco would you find an S&M superstore, with such musts as suspension stirrups, latex hoods and, for that special someone, a chrome-plated codpiece. If you've been a very bad puppy, there's an en…
Department Store in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa


Five floors of name brands spanning a city block and the historic marble I Magnin building offer charming old-school amenities – including actual powder rooms and the delightful 3rd-floor Tout Sweet patisserie. The …