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Candystore

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Sweet stuff for trendy young women with an eye for whimsy: patterned wallets, new-wave slingbacks and gold danglers brush up against puffed sleeve...

3153 16th Street

Cari Borja

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Relying on textiles as varied as Polartec and satin brocade, Oakland designer Cari Borja is sure to touch your inner Vincent Minnelli heroine with such...

2117 4th Street

Casa Bonampak

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Casa Bonampak is a must-see shop where you can pick up all your Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) supplies. It also sells excellent compilation CDs and...

3321 24th Street

Chinatown Kite Shop

Critics' choice
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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

Citizen Clothing

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Citizen is all about upscale utilitarian chic, meaning Scotch & Soda, Ben Sherman and Fred Perry appear alongside Ted Baker, Jack Spade and Gucci...

536 Castro Street

City Lights

Critics' choice
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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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City Optix

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Alain Mikli, Oliver Peoples and LA Eyeworks frames are all sold here, and helpful staff will sift through the entire collection to find you the ideal pair.

2154 Chestnut Street

Clarion Music

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It stocks didgeridoos and African drums, sure, but Clarion takes them as a starting point before heading into truly exotic waters: affordable H'mong jaw...

816 Sacramento Street

Coach

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The logo fabric in the window of this pristine designer outlet gives no sense of the high-quality leather or suede totes, satchels and accessories within....

190 Post Street

Colleen Quen

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For a formal frock or couture gown, turn to Colleen Quen, who works out of the ivory atelier she shares with her husband, sculptor Rick Lee. Duchess silk...

7 Heron Street

Cotton Sheep

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Organic cotton garments, designed and manufactured in Japan, rule the roost here. Finger the utterly sweet children's hoodies or the truly unusual toddlers'...

573 Hayes Street

Crossroads Trading Co

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People who still haven't got over that 1980s retro thing should pop into the Market and Haight Street branches of this favourite local chain; the Fillmore...

2123 Market Street

Curiosity Shoppe

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Owners Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom set up the Curiosity Shoppe to showcase their obsession with the gorgeous and strange. Pick up a kit to make a duct...

855 Valencia Street

Dark Garden

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Autumn Carey-Adamme's métier is bespoke corsets. Select style, fabric and colour and, by the magic of 12 individual measurements, she'll create a custom-fit...

321 Linden Street

De Vera

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Federico de Vera's covetable jewellery - yellow tourmaline, carnelian, rose-cut diamond - ranges from intricate beadwork to clean-lined intaglios. Don't...

29 Maiden Lane