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Alla Prima Fine Lingerie

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Known for its thorough fittings and sky-high designer offerings, Alla Prima specialises in everything from Dolce & Gabbana bras and La Perla delicacies to...

539 Hayes Street

Amoeba Music

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Amoeba Music remains a mighty presence. It's partly a matter of scale - 25,000sq ft (2,325sq m) of former bowling alley, to be exact - but mainly a matter...

1855 Haight Street

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk

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Java junkies from all over the area double-park in this alley and swarm over this seatless stand for what many call the best joe in the city. Fans swear by...

315 Linden Street

Chinatown Kite Shop

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It only stands to reason that hilly, windy SF should have an excellent kite shop. Stocked with hundreds of different kites in every imaginable shape and...

717 Grant Avenue

City Lights

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The legacy of Beat anti-authoritarianism lives on in this publishing company and bookshop, co-founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953. Be sure to head...

261 Columbus Avenue
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Flax Art & Design

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So much more than an art supply store, this Bay Area landmark teems with papers, fine pens, children's toys, blank books, timepieces, lighting, portfolios -...

1699 Market Street

Green Apple Books & Music

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This long-standing Inner Richmond store has a staggering selection of new and used titles, crammed together in glorious disarray (don't miss the fiction and...

506 Clement Street

Jeremy's

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Jeremy's sits on a sunny corner of South Park, hawking designer wares at discount store prices. It's a label-whore's dream come true, especially the...

2 South Park

Paxton Gate

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That kneeling cushion may be more practical, but the gardener in your life will find something from this deeply bizarre shop rather more fun. Alongside...

824 Valencia Street

Tartine Bakery

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Likely the best bakery in San Francisco, Tartine triggers queues and makes foodies swoon over the hot-pressed sandwiches (on housemade French bread),...

600 Guerrero Street

Ver Unica

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Ver Unica is where people with a proper pay cheque go to buy second-hand: it sells unique retro finds, not cast-offs crammed together on dusty shelves. It...

437B Hayes Street