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  • 1. Amoeba Music

    Haight | Music Stores

    With well over a million new and used CDs, DVDs, and records at bargain prices, this warehouselike offshoot of the Berkeley original carries...Read More

  • 2. Berggruen Gallery

    SoMa | Art Galleries

    Twentieth-century European and American paintings, including Bay Area figurative works, are displayed throughout two airy floors at this well...Read More

  • 3. Britex Fabrics

    Union Sq. | Textiles/Sewing

    Walls of Italian wool in deep rich colors, yards of Faille striped silk, and neat stacks of fresh cotton prints await your creative touch. A...Read More

  • 4. Chronicle Books

    SoMa | Books/Stationery

    This local beacon of publishing produces inventively designed fiction, cookbooks, art books, and other titles, as well as diaries, planners...Read More

  • 5. Cowgirl Creamery Artisan Cheese

    Embarcadero | Food/Candy

    Fantastic organic-milk cheeses—such as the mellow, triple-cream Mt. Tam and bocconcini (small balls of fresh mozzarella)—are produced at a...Read More

  • 6. Diptyque

    Union Sq. | Household Items/Furniture

    The original Diptyque boutique in Paris has attracted a long line of celebrities. You can find the full array of scented candles and fragrances...Read More

  • 7. Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market

    Embarcadero | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    The partylike Saturday edition of the city's most upscale and expensive farmers' market places baked goods, gourmet cheeses, smoked fish, and...Read More

  • 8. Fraenkel Gallery

    Union Sq. | Art Galleries

    This renowned gallery represents museum-caliber photographers or their estates, including Nicholas Nixon, Nan Goldin, Richard Misrach, and Garry...Read More

  • 9. Green Apple Books

    Richmond | Books/Stationery

    This local favorite with a huge used-book department also carries new books in every field. It's known for its history room and rare-books collection...Read More

  • 10. Gump's

    Union Sq. | Department Stores

    It's a San Francisco institution, dating to the 19th century, and it's a strikingly luxurious one. The airy store exudes a museumlike vibe,...Read More

  • 11. Heath Ceramics

    Potrero Hill | Household Items/Furniture

    Founded in Sausalito in 1948, Heath offers sleek, glossy tiles for the home, newly spun dinnerware in rich earth colors, locally inspired cookbooks...Read More

  • 12. Levi's

    Union Sq. | Clothing

    A San Francisco icon, founded in 1853, Levi's offers every style, size, color, and cut of 501s at its massive flagship store. You can even get...Read More

  • 13. Margaret O'Leary

    Union Sq. | Clothing

    If you can only buy one piece of clothing in San Francisco, make it a hand-loomed cashmere sweater by this Irish-born local legend. The perfect...Read More

  • 14. Molinari Delicatessen

    North Beach | Food/Candy

    This store has been making its own salami, sausages, and cold cuts since 1896. Other homemade specialties include meat and cheese ravioli, tomato...Read More

  • 15. Paxton Gate

    Mission District | Household Items/Furniture

    Elevating gardening to an art, this serene shop offers beautiful earthenware pots, amaryllis and narcissus bulbs, decorative garden items, and...Read More

  • 16. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Museum Store

    SoMa | Jewelry/Accessories

    The shop is known for its large selection of watches and jewelry, as well as artists' monographs and artful housewares. Posters, calendars,...Read More

  • 17. Sports Basement

    Potrero Hill | Sporting Goods

    This sprawling store rewards intrepid shoppers with significant discounts on name-brand sportswear, accessories, and camping and outdoor gear...Read More

  • 18. Verve Wine

    Lower Pacific Heights | Wine/Spirits

    Wine nerds will fall in love with this trendy, upscale destination from one of the country's few Master Sommeliers, Dustin Wilson. High-quality...Read More

  • 19. Vital Tea Leaf

    Chinatown | Food/Candy

    Tea enthusiasts will feel at peace in this bright, spacious, hardwood-floor haven for sipping. You'll find more than 400 different varieties...Read More

  • 20. XOX Truffles

    North Beach | Food/Candy

    The decadent confection comes in 27 bite-size flavors here, from the traditional (cocoa-powder-coated Amaretto) to the unusual (flavored with...Read More

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