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Top Choice Books 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 a…
Top Choice Chocolate 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, or…
Top Choice Cannabis in The Castro

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 Dig…
Top Choice Books 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 phot…
Top Choice Books 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 Anarchi…
Top Choice Music 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 review…
Top Choice Clothing 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 totem-pole t…
Top Choice Gifts & 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 presents too clever to give away, including toy soldiers in yoga poses, Park Life catalogs…
Top Choice Adult 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, so…
Top Choice Food & 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, knowl…