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The best shopping in San Francisco

Whether you’re on the hunt for clothing, gifts, vintage goods, books or sex toys, or just browsing, consult our guide to shopping in San Francisco

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The best vintage clothing stores in San Francisco

Given the city’s eco credentials and hippie past, it’s not surprising San Francisco is prime vintage-hunting territory

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The best bookstores in San Francisco

With an impressive literary pedigree and numerous niche bookstores, San Francisco’s lit scene is thriving

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The best shoe stores in San Francisco

Footwear looking down-at-heel? We’ve pounded the pavement to compile this list of the best shoe stores for guys and gals

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The best clothing stores

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Mill Mercantile

The sister store of menswear purveyor Unionmade, Mill caters to a particular San Francisco archetype: The sort of woman who prefers her leather totes sans designer logo, who fetishizes indigo, and who favors wood soles over stilettos. The sunny, soothing store is Japanese inspired, all white walls, wood shelving, and deep blue accents. Though the clothes here aren't body-conscious—tunics, long knits, cropped trousers, midi skirts and dresses—they carry casually chic sex appeal. The assortment of labels skews particularly toward Japan and France, but mixes in stateside favorites like Billy Reid, Chance, Lauren Manoogian and Mociun. Defining characteristics on the racks are meticulous construction and luxurious materials, whether linen, raw silk, pima cotton, or alpaca. Don't miss the housewares at the register, including handcrafted ceramics, kitchenware and stationery.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Unionmade

This Castro mainstay is credited with creating the daily uniform of the San Francisco man—not entirely in jest. Its racks are filled with everything a casually stylish guy needs, including twill and waxed cotton jackets, nautical-stripe tees, hardy leather boots, jeans, and plaid and chambray button-downs. Everything is selected with an eye for craftsmanship and quality, from the Golden Bear blazers and Hillside ties to weekend-wear like Chimala terry cloth tees and Todd Snyder sweatshirts. The store is divided into two rooms, one side bearing denim, button-downs, shoes, and giftables, the other devoted to outerwear and accessories. A midpoint of sorts between the Castro and the Mission, it draws regulars from both neighborhoods, many who pop in to browse the book and zine selection, which includes aspirational lifestyle pubs like Inventory, Man of the World, Kinfolk, and Fantastic Man.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Gravel & Gold

This weirdly, wonderfully San Franciscan store isn't afraid to be irreverent: The best-selling Boob Bag is covered with a black-and-white print of breasts (the pattern is also splashed across tees, tanks and pillowcases). The in-house designed G&G collection often draws upon the talents of local illustrators, painters and designers, but never skews twee or kitsch. If you're not a fan of over-the-top prints, fear not—the store also stocks understated striped tanks, dresses and tees galore. Many of the shop clerks are also designers and artists themselves. Look out for leather sandals by sometime-shopgirl Rachel Corry, Jenny Pennywood bags and clutches by local fine artist Jen Garrido, and Ursa Major jewelry by recent New York transplant Kate Jones. The shop also doubles as a community hub for the surrounding Mission, regularly hosting art openings, launch parties and design workshops.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Welcome Stranger

If Unionmade is the gold standard for the stylish SF guy, Welcome Stranger is a little more rugged. It's a store for the outdoorsy guy that wants to look put-together, but not like he's trying too hard. The clothes are scattered among vintage trunks and camping equipment, adding to the urban woodsman feel. The emphasis is on fit and functionality, with finds like Jungmaven T-shirts, APC jeans, Zig-Zag shoes, and Barbour waxed canvas jackets—plus accoutrements like Otter Wax to make your leather and suede last. This is a great spot for affordable eyewear from brands like Capital and Westward Leaning, especially since the demise of Warby Parker in nearby NoPa. The store clerks are unobtrusive—more of a friendly “hey, man,” greeting than a “what are you looking for?” pounce—but are knowledgeable about fabric, fit and styling. The shoppers here may not care about capital-F Fashion, but they still look stylish as hell.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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San Francisco farmers’ market guide

Buy produce straight from the source at a farmers’ market—with prime people-watching and gourmet eats, the best of the bunch offer more than fresh fruit and vegetables

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Department stores

For convenient one-stop shopping, check out San Francisco’s premier department stores

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Thrift stores

Boost your green karma while saving a few bucks—we’ve sleuthed out the best thrift stores in the city

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Design and gift shops

For the person who has everything, hit these outstanding gift shops

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Sex shops

From vintage pin-up garb to BDSM gear, San Francisco’s sex shops aim to please

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