Top ChoiceBooks in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Adobe Books & Backroom Gallery

Wall-to-wall inspiration – just-released fiction, limited-edition art books, rare cookbooks, well-thumbed poetry – plus zine-launch parties, comedy nights and art openings. Mingle with Mission characters debating...

Top ChoiceChocolate in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Recchiuti at theLab

Star chocolatier Michael Recchiuti sells confections at the Ferry Building but invents them in Dogpatch – taste his latest concoctions here first. Go for dark-chocolate cocoa in winter, brownie sundaes in summer,...

Top ChoiceBooks in Japantown, Fillmore & Pacific Heights

Kinokuniya Books

Like warriors in a showdown, the manga, bookstore and stationery divisions of Kinokuniya vie for your attention. You must choose where your loyalties lie: with vampire comics downstairs, stunning Daido Moriyama...

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Apothecarium

What's that alluring frosted-glass emporium – the lovechild of an Apple Store and Victorian lingerie boutique? Just as you suspected: it's America's best-designed marijuana dispensary, according to Architectural...

Top ChoiceBooks in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Bound Together Anarchist Book Collective

Since 1976 this volunteer-run, nonprofit anarchist bookstore has kept free thinkers supplied with organic-permaculture manuals, prison literature, and radical comics, all while coordinating the annual spring...

Top ChoiceMusic in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Amoeba Music

Enticements are hardly necessary to lure the masses to the West Coast's most eclectic collection of new and used music and video, but Amoeba offers listening stations, free zines with uncannily accurate staff...

Top ChoiceClothing in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Community Thrift

When local collectors and retailers have too much of a good thing, they donate it to nonprofit Community Thrift, where proceeds go to 200-plus local charities – all the more reason to gloat over your $5...

Top ChoiceGifts & Souvenirs in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Park Life

The Swiss Army knife of hip SF emporiums, Park Life is design store, indie publisher and art gallery rolled into one. Browse among presents too clever to give away, including toy soldiers in yoga poses, Park Life...

Top ChoiceAdult in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Good Vibrations

'Wait, I'm supposed to put that where?' The understanding salespeople in this worker-owned cooperative are used to giving rather explicit instructions, so don't hesitate to ask. Margaret Cho is on the board here,...

Top ChoiceFood & Drinks in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Bi-Rite

Diamond counters can't compare to the foodie dazzle of Bi-Rite's sublime wall of local artisan chocolates, treasure boxes of organic fruit and California wine and cheese selections expertly curated by upbeat,...

Top ChoiceChocolate in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Recchiuti Confections

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...

Top ChoiceComics in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Mission Comics & Art

Heads will roll, fists will fly and furious vengeance will be wreaked inside this mild-mannered shop stocking big-name and indie comics. Staff picks range from marquee (Walking Dead, Star Wars) to niche...

Top ChoiceFood in Golden Gate Park & the Avenues

Jade Chocolates

SF-born chocolatier Mindy Fong hits the sweet spot between East and West with only-in-SF treats like passion-fruit caramels, Thai-curry hot chocolate and the legendary peanut Buddha with mango jam. Fusion flavors...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Baggu

Plastic bags are banned in San Francisco, which is a perfect excuse to stock up on SF designer Baggu's reusable Ripstop nylon totes in bright colors and quirky prints: sharks, alpacas and, ay, Chihuahuas. They're...

Top ChoiceBooks in The Castro

Omnivore

Salivate over signed cookbooks by chef-legend Alice Waters and signed first editions of Berkeley chef Samin Nosrat's Salt Fat Acid Heat, and stay for standing-room-only in-store events with star chefs and food...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Amour Vert

Looking smart comes easily with effortless wardrobe essentials that casually blend style, comfort, and sustainability. Wear your heart on your sleeve with feel-good fabrics ingeniously engineered from renewable...

Top ChoiceVintage in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Relove

'More style, less waste' is the credo here, and this dream walk-in-closet of vintage and indie fashion delivers – recent scores include handwoven maxidresses, vintage varsity jackets, Issey Miyake pleated skirts...

Top ChoiceHomewares in The Castro

Stag & Manor

Dashingly handsome decor from indie design boutique Stag & Manor lets you take the Castro home. Macrame wall hangings give your pad California creds, brass-ball lanterns wink welcome at your guests, and...

Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in The Haight & Hayes Valley

Paloma

Like ransacking a poet's attic, this SF maker collective yields evocative, imaginative handmade finds. You might discover hand-patched indigo scarves, caps made from camp blankets, wallets made from footballs,...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

Needles & Pens

Needles & Pens

This scrappy zine shop/how-to source/art gallery/publisher delivers inspiration to create your own artworks, zines and repurposed fashion statements. Nab limited-edition printings of Xara Thustra's manifesto...