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Aquarius Records

Shops

This splendid little neighbourhood record store could be classed as a boutique, were the staff not so wonderfully lacking in pretension (tiny handwritten...

1055 Valencia Street

Arlequin Wine Merchant

Shops

The owners of this sister establishment to Absinthe are thoroughly unpretentious, yet savvy enough to satisfy any armchair quaffer. Taste (and then, most...

384 Hayes Street

Backstage Salon

Shops

This salon/gallery showcases local art while providing intense colour treatments and innovative haircuts from a rotating fleet of international stylists.

2134 Polk Street

Barneys New York

Shops

Every fashionista's best friend, Barneys arrived in San Francisco in 2007 in a quiet, low-key manner in keeping with its tasteful style (and perhaps the...

77 O'Farrell Street

Behind the Post Office

Shops

Space is at a premium here, but this tiny boutique packs in the style with vibrant T-shirts and edgy new designers, all at moderate prices. Even better, the...

1510 Haight Street

Belle Cose

Shops

'Vintage lingerie' sounds pretty scary, but here it's all about the 1920s boudoir theming. While there is the odd second-hand slip, nightie or corset for...

2036 Polk Street

Berkeley Flea Market

Shops

For a taste of incense-burning, multiculti Berkeley grit, stop at the Berkeley Flea Market, conveniently located at the Ashby BART station parking lot, at...

Ashby BART station parking lot

Bi-Rite Market

Shops

Bi-Rite has been sustaining the hungry locals for more than 60 years, but only became a gourmet deli in 1997. For picnics there are Middle Eastern dips,...

3639 18th Street

Bloomingdale's

Shops

Filling the retail gap between Macy's and Neiman Marcus, the Little Brown Bag's temple to luxe wares has finally touched down in San Francisco, in the...

Westfield San Francisco Centre, 845 Market Street

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk

Critics' choice
Shops

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

Books Inc

Shops

A huge selection of fiction and non-fiction, a lively atmosphere and a wide range of authors' readings, discussions and other events.

2275 Market Street

Booksmith

Shops

The Haight's best bookshop hosts many authors' readings and events, and stocks a decent selection of magazines, both literary and obscure.

1644 Haight Street

Brown Eyed Girl

Shops

Housed in a renovated Victorian, this pastel-hued shop for moneyed 20-year-olds has designer denim and an endless array of pricey clingy tees.

2999 Washington Street

Buffalo Exchange

Shops

Buffalo Exchange didn't achieve its lofty station as a national trade-in chain by its gentle touch: locals are used to looks of near-contempt when trying to...

1555 Haight Street

Bulo

Shops

The shop in Hayes Valley sells a handsome array of shoes by European designers. On big sale days, expect to queue for those Cydwoq knee-high boots.

418 Hayes Street