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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?

7 Answers

top answer by
Theresa from Hollywood

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 TherapyBuffalo ExchangeDandelion 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 BooksmithLoved 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. :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Valencia St (attraction)
  2. Mission District (neighborhood)
  3. Therapy (attraction)
  4. Buffalo Exchange (attraction)
  5. Dandelion Chocolate (attraction)
  6. Multikulti (attraction)
  7. Dog Eared Books (attraction)
  8. BellJar (attraction)
  9. Haight St (attraction)
  10. Wasteland (attraction)
  11. The Booksmith (attraction)
  12. Loved To Death (attraction)
  13. Amoeba Music (attraction)
  14. The Love of Ganesha (attraction)
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answered by
Krista from San Francisco

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! :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Valencia St (attraction)
  2. Love & Luxe (attraction)
  3. Paxton Gate (attraction)
  4. Union St (attraction)
  5. Chestnut St (attraction)
  6. Ambiance (attraction)
  7. The Mason Jar (attraction)
  8. y&i clothing boutique (attraction)
  9. My Roommate's Closet (attraction)
  10. Heritage Row (attraction)
  11. Two Skirts (attraction)
  12. Hayes Valley (neighborhood)
  13. Fillmore St (attraction)
  14. Laurel Heights (attraction)
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answered by
Kristal from San Francisco


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

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Union St (attraction)
  2. Union Square (attraction)
  3. Hayes Valley (neighborhood)
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answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hayes Valley (neighborhood)
  2. Dogpatch (attraction)
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answered first by
Jibé from Los Angeles

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

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Haight St (attraction)
  2. Potrero Hill (neighborhood)
  3. Dogpatch (attraction)
  4. North Beach (neighborhood)
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answered by
Janelle from Charleston

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.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Berkeley (attraction)
  2. Telegraph Ave (attraction)
  3. Shattuck Ave (attraction)

answered by
Katie from San Francisco

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hayes Valley (neighborhood)
  2. Union Square (attraction)
  3. Fillmore St (attraction)

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