Where To Shop in San Francisco

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on November 15, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Welcome Stranger

Forget the Westfield Mall for a second. In fact, forget the Union Square area of San Francisco all together. To enjoy the Bay Area's best retailers, you'll have to dig a little deeper than the average Uniqlo and Forever 21. Luckily, SF is full of one-of-a-kind shops that'll have you going up and down hills to find the best bargains. From high-end designs in sleek spaces to vintage consignment shops burrowed in Haight-Ashbury there's a little something to satisfy everyone's fashion needs. Besides, even techies and hippies need clothes. Why not stand out a little?

Cotton Sheep

Cotton Sheep is a boutique that sells one of a kind Japanese clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Though expensive, the clothing is minimalist and beautifully made, while the children’s wear include twee animal-themed socks.

Eden & Eden

Take one third street style, one-third avant-garde, and a third retro, add a pinch of industrial chic and a hint of up-and coming designer glam, shake it up and you'll get this boutique's unique mix of fashion, art, jewelry, home goods and more.


Located between the Financial District and Chinatown, this shop isn't just a clothing store. It is an assortment of beautiful, hard-to find things from around-the-world including ceramics, perfumes and hand poured candles. Need a gift? Come here.

Hero Shop

Do you wish you had a fashion insider as your personal style advisor? At this chic Tenderloin boutique, former Vogue editor Emily Holt does the shopping. Celebs flock here to get her advice, so if you ant a piece too, start saving now.

Held Over

If you had to choose one vintage shop out of the entire cluster colonizing this area, we'd recommend this one. But be careful: the well-stocked, whimsical store makes it easy to lose track of time trying on 80's prom dresses and other retro outfits.


Designer duds? Check. Vintage finds? Check. Browse through a multitude of shirts, dresses, and more at this iconic vintage shop that continues to dress future rock stars. An awesome Haight-Ashbury destination since the '80s, it's worth the visit.

Welcome Stranger

Perfect for gifts or everyday essentials for those who care about looking good as much as quality and functionality, Welcome Stranger is a chic, modern boutique offering high-end men's clothing, workwear, and lifestyle products.

Rand + Statler

Located in shopaholic heaven, Rand + Statler carries items for fashion-forward folks in Hayes Valley. With something for everyone, this shop has trendy products and designer goods, so you can feel your best while looking effortlessly cool.


No Shop is one of the top vintage stores in San Francisco. Find unique items from every decade and vintage vinyl for your record player. The brightly lit store is warm and welcoming with dozens of well-organized racks.

Mission Thrift

Looking for something different or a specific piece of clothing for an event? Chances are high this large bazaar has it. From tie-dye shirts to evening wear and quirky costume pieces, Mission Thrift covers it all. Don’t miss the $1 rack outside.

Painted Bird

The saying goes never judge a book by its cover. The same goes for this hidden gem. Painted Bird's selection may be small, but the racks are filled with reasonably-priced vintage finds from all decades. It's impossible to leave empty-handed.

Upper Playground

Sneakerhead? Hip hop style fan? Want a San Francisco souvenir? Regardless of your reason for visiting, Upper Playground is a paradise of men's streetwear. Come by for everything from t-shirts to throw pillows designed by local artists.

Al's Attire

They say a dog is a man's best friend, but a tailor comes in a close second—and you'll find a great one at Al's Attire. Achieve sartorial class at this bespoke store replete with custom suits so fine you'll never want to wear ready-made again.

Azalea Boutique

What started out as a small boutique has quickly become a full-fledged SF label carrying top designer brands. Pop into the Hayes St location for a peak at their denim wall along with quirky bits and pieces for the home and a number of killer sales.

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