A shopping guide to San Francisco


By Alice Tate for British Airways High Life magazine

Main image courtesy of Le Point

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May 2016

Heading to San Francisco for some retail therapy? High Life asked some of the city’s top shopping and style experts to share their favourite boutiques and shops, from high-end concept stores to vintage antique treasure troves.

Le Point

‘While this store may be a new(ish) kid on the block, it’s already a favourite among San Fran’s fashion set. With brands like Tibi, Opening Ceremony and more, you can bet you won’t leave empty handed.’ – Angela Tafoya, San Francisco editor at Refinery29

Where? 301 Valencia Street (+1 415 400 4275; @shoplepoint)

The Voyager Shop

‘Located in the Mission District, Voyager is a San Francisco gem, selling independent, avant-garde designers from around the world. Marta Fernandez, the store’s buyer, is an amazing tastemaker with a sharp curatorial eye that constantly keeps me coming back for more. Notable brands stocked include Black Crane, Kaarem, Hackwith Design, Norse Projects, Objects Without Meaning, Wood Wood and Harputs Own.’ – Jen Szeto, Instagrammer, Window of Imagination

Where? 365 Valencia Street (+1 415 779 2712; thevoyagershop.com)

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  • Big Daddy’s Antiques © Kate Harrison

    I do…

    Big Daddy's is so artfully staged that the warehouse is often rented for parties and weddings.Open daily, 09:00-17:00.

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  • Rebecca Minkoff’s San Francisco store

    Hi-tech style

    It’s not just Silicon Valley’s tech giants that are innovating. An interactive video wall at Rebecca Minkoff’s San Francisco store allows customers to browse the latest collection and even request associates to prepare fitting rooms, order drinks and even change the environment’s lighting. Impressive.

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Big Daddy’s Antiques

‘This lofty warehouse spaced turned antique shop is one of my favourite destinations in the city. It houses a beautifully curated collection of one-of-a-kind pieces. I’m often drawn back just for the visual inspiration alone.’ – Bess Friday, Instagrammer and photographer

Where? 1550 17th Street (+1 415 621 6800; bdantiques.com)

Rebecca Minkoff


‘Rebecca Minkoff’s store in the Fillmore District is gorgeous and integrated with some awe-inspiring technology. It’s worth checking out and exploring the designer shops nearby, before stopping at Jane on Fillmore for coffee.’ – Bryn Newman, blogger at Stone Fox Style

Where? 2124 Fillmore Street (+1 415 466 2859; rebeccaminkoff.com)

General Store

‘This beachy shop is a San Francisco staple. Full of goodies by local artisans, the merchandise is reflective of cool, creative California living. Browse while you wait for brunch at Outerlands.’ – Angela Tafoya

Where? 4035 Judah Street (+1 415 682 0600; shop generalstore.com)

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  • Colourful curations: Static Vintage

    Old school cool

    Static Vintage is where you’ll find anything from Missoni to retro Mickey Mouse-printed top. Rumour has it they even have a ‘secret‘ stock of rare pieces for super serious buyers.

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  • Organic food from Bi-Rite – just add sunshine (and Mission Dolores Park)

    Park life

    Covering an area of nearly 16 acres, Mission Dolores Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular parks – especially on a sunny afternoon.

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Static Vintage

‘‘Static Vintage is a brightly coloured and well-curated (mostly) vintage clothing shop. It stands out from its many competitors on historic Haight Street with a quality selection (and in good condition) at fair prices. Fashions range from the 1920s to more current designs. Designer label lovers will be entranced by the collection of exquisite vintage bags. You can also get a taste of San Francisco’s unique style flavour here, because they feature locally designed clothing and jewellery.’ – John Tran, editor of Street Fashion Style

Where? 1764 Haight Street (+1 415 422 0046; staticvintage.com)

Bi-Rite Market

‘Sunny days in San Francisco are rare, but when it shines, the people head to Mission Dolores Park – and no trip to Dolores is complete without a stop at Bi-Rite Market. With organic and locally produced goods, it’s the perfect place to pick up some Cowgirl Creamery cheeses, artisan crackers, and a six-pack of 21st Amendment brewery’s seasonal Hell or High Watermelon. Bottle openers are strategically placed and for sale at the registers should you forget yours at home.’ – Jessica Zollman, photographer

Where? 3639 18th Street (+1 415 241 9760; biritemarket.com)

Rebecca Minkoff’s store in the Fillmore District is gorgeous and integrated with some awe-inspiring technology

The Podolls


‘Aside from their own eco-friendly namesake label, they also carry popular independent designers such as Ryan Roche, Closed Denim, Westward Leaning and Freda Salvador.’ – Alexandra Bigley, blogger at SF Shop Girl

Where? 251 Primrose Road (+1 650 389 2346; shopthepodolls.com)

Wasteland

‘Wasteland in the Haight is a must. Sought-after vintage and second-hand pieces are mixed with edgy, trendy new designs. It’s great for 18-25 year-old style seekers.’ – Bryn Newman

Where? 660 Haight Street (+1 415 863 3150; shopwasteland.com)

Heath Ceramics

‘A San Francisco institution since the 1950s, known for stunning hand-crafted ceramics and mid-century inspired home goods. I can't hold back in this place!’ – Bess Friday

Where? 2900 18th Street (+1 415 361 5552; heathceramics.com)

Park Life

As a retail store and art gallery, Park Life has an impeccable selection of art and design books, local artists’ works, apparel, and home goods. The selection is always well edited and always has new products coming through. The art gallery in the heart of the Mission District displays work from some of the best up-and-coming and local artists.’ – June Kim, Instagrammer at Junebugkim

Where? 220 Clement Street (+1 415 386 7275; parklifestore.com)

Jeremy’s

‘If you want designer on dime (okay, maybe a few dimes), Jeremy’s has a well-curated collection of consigned goods. I never leave empty handed.’ – Tienlyn Jacobson, blogger at Thoughtful Misfit

Where? 2 South Park Street (+1 415 882 4929; jeremys.com)

  • Le Point is home to a minimalist shopping concept.

    Unique chic

    To reach Le Point in true San Francisco style grab a historical street car running down Market Street. The nearest tram stop is Market St and Dolores St on the F line.

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Rand + Statler

‘Rand + Statler has all of my favourite designers from Helmut Lang to Pamela Love, but also does a great job bringing in a other independent international brands that I haven’t heard of before. It’s a must for anytime I want to invest in something – whether it’s bags, accessories, or clothes.’ – Tienlyn Jacobson

Where? 425 Hayes Street (+1 415 634 0881; randandstatler.com)

Goorin Bros

‘Aside from Les Méchantes, my own little shop which pop-ups in various locations across the city, I love to shop at Goorin Bros, a San Francisco-based hat company. The flagship in North Beach is especially gorgeous — the shopkeeper remembers my name, greets everyone with a smile, and makes each hat fitting feel special.’ – Kathleen Ensign, blogger at Katwalk SF

Where? 1612 Stockton Street (+1 415 402 0454; goorin.com)