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Top Choice Art in The Castro & Noe Valley

Artisana

Artisana sells functional artworks designed for daily use – or at least daily admiration. And they're made exclusively by small-batch artisans, some of them local. Look for stitched-leather hip flasks, sterling and …
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in The Castro & Noe Valley

Sui Generis

Emerge with confidence from this designer boutique certain that nobody but you will be working your new look. The well-curated collection of contemporary and vintage clothing skews towards dressy – best for those wi…
Top Choice Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Charlie's Corner

More than a bookstore, Charlie's Corner is a place for kids to explore ideas, creativity and storytelling. The playfully designed space is scaled to children, with a giant magic tree rising to the ceiling and munchk…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in The Castro & Noe Valley

Local Take

This fab little shop next to the F-Market terminus carries perfect gifts to take home: SF-specific merchandise, all made locally. Favorite items include a miniature scale model of Sutro Tower; T-shirts emblazoned wi…
Clothing in The Castro & Noe Valley

Podolls

Husband-and-wife team Josh and Lauren Podoll design and manufacture in SF their own line of clothing – easy-to-wear tops, bottoms and dresses, with snappy prints on sand-washed silk and handwoven cotton, plus a fab …
Chocolate in The Castro & Noe Valley

Giddy

Nothing compares to being a kid in a candy store, except being a Giddy adult. Every treat your mom used as bribery is here, with upgrades: Whoopie pies and s'mores are embedded in chocolate bars, and gummy Swedish f…
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Omnivore

Salivate over signed cookbooks by chef-legend Alice Waters and James Beard winner Charles Phan of Slanted Door; get a signed copy of The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Check the calendar for standing-room-onl…
Homewares in The Castro & Noe Valley

Cliff's Variety

None of the hardware maestros at Cliff's will raise an eyebrow if you express a dire need for a jar of rubber nuns, some silver body paint and a case of cocktail toothpicks, though they might angle for an invitation…
Books in The Castro & Noe Valley

Dog Eared Books

The Castro's essential general-interest bookstore carries a mishmash of new and used books, with an emphasis on San Francisco literature, social justice, gay studies and small-press works. For a window on local acti…
Fashion & Accessories in The Castro & Noe Valley

Human Rights Campaign Action Center & Store

Make more than a fashion statement in signature HRC tees, designed by Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Cole and other fashion-forward thinkers, with proceeds supporting LGBT civil-rights initiatives. Hopeful romantics shop for …