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Kate T

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Best shopping neighborhood in San Francisco?

Hi, where are great shopping neighborhoods to explore on foot? Not areas full of nationwide chain stores but more hip areas with unusual shops, restaurants, etc. that would make a pleasant walk around the neighborhood?

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  • Hayes Valley (neighborhood)

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  • Theresa Christine

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    It depends on what you're looking for exactly, but Valencia St and the Mission District are hip, have lots of boutiques, vintage stores, and eateries for keeping yourself well-fed in between the shopping. I love Therapy, Buffalo Exchange, Dandelion Chocolate (for unique & delicious souvenirs), Multikulti for kind of weird kitschy things, Dog Eared Books, and BellJar.

    Haight St also has some awesome stuff: Wasteland for thrifting, The Booksmith, Loved To Death for super weird stuff, Amoeba Music, and The Love of Ganesha for hippie wear.

    Between the two, Valencia is a more pleasant walk! But both are great and totally do-able in one day. :)

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  • Krista Gray

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    Hi Kate,

    Like you, I love small shops and nice neighborhoods. Luckily, San Francisco is full of 'em:


    Feel free to leave me a comment if you're looking for anything specific...happy to help! :)

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      Very nice !! · (0 likelikes)

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    Kate,

    Union St(not Union Square) and Hayes Valley both have cute, trendy boutique clothing stores.

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  • Fritzi Lareau

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    My favorite two neighborhoods are Hayes Valley and Dogpatch. Hayes Valley has Dark Garden and Dogpatch has Flora Grub. These are only in SF type places. Dogpatch is in transition, it is rapidly gentrifying and very interesting. Have a great trip.

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  • Jibé Trahin

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    You can walk all the way from the upper ~Haight St to the lower ~Haight St. You should be able to find some nice boutiques. You can also wander around Potrero Hill, the Dogpatch, of course, North Beach.

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  • Janelle Kennedy

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    Get the hell out of the city. Hop on BART and head for Berkeley. The merchandise is more unique (i.e. fewer chain stores) and you'll end up spending a lot less money. Check out the shops near the university along Telegraph Ave and Shattuck Ave.

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