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Shopping in The Mission

Giant vibrant murals of fields, flowers, and faces decorate building after building here. There is music in the streets, and the sweet smell of baking bread fills the air in the early morning, but at night this is where people come to drink, dance, and celebrate.

Once the artists' hub, today's Mission is quickly gentrifying, as are its shops. Yesterday's thrift and vintage-furniture shops are slowly being replaced by trendy boutiques and gourmet eateries. These changes have created a patchwork of shopping areas instead of one central hub. Some of the best are along Valencia and Mission streets; 16th, 17th, and 24th streets are also good places to shop. Dorima of the Fodor's forums says that "for funky, one-of-a-kind shops, my favorite area is Valencia Street, roughly between 16th and 22nd or so. Little artisanal boutiques selling cool clothing, objets d'art, etc. Plus you are in the 'hot belt' of some of San Francisco's most forward-thinking restaurants."

Books, Books, Books

Dog Eared Books: Used, new, travel, food, fiction, poetry—it's all in here.

Omnivore Books on Food: For those who love to read, cook and eat lovely food.

Modern Times Bookstore: Hosts readings and literary events for all.

Funky Fashion

Bell Jar: Flowing dresses, rhinestone jewelry, paper, and art. This place is full of gorgeous little things.

Schauplatz: Vintage clothing from the '20s through the '80s, from Chanel suits to go-go boots.

Self Edge: Metal rods full of Japanese selvage denim.

Furniture, Housewares, and Gifts

Monument: Vintage furniture with true style.

Paxton Gate: Earthenware flowerpots, even outdoor artwork are on offer at this unusual shop inspired by nature and science.

Therapy: Retro kitchenware that's quirky and fun.

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