A Guide to the Hidden Local Shops of San Francisco

October 15, 2015

Every traveling shopper knows that the best shops a city has to offer are never tourist attractions. Giant malls, souvenir shops filled with cups and t-shirts featuring iconic buildings and bridges, and Macy’s all have their charms, but treasures can be discovered deep within the heart of a city. In San Francisco, hidden local shops and boutiques are everywhere! From Hayes Valley to the Mission to Russian Hill, neighborhoods boast shops with high-quality, on trend products that fashionistas love. 

To assist the savvy traveler who longs to get a local experience, we have composed a list featuring a small handful of San Francisco must-see shops and one item from each that we love. Caution: this post may inspire a spontaneous vacation or a desire to relocate.


Azalea Boutique is a store that captures the essence of San Francisco style. That effortlessly cool vibe that SF fashionistas achieve starts here. From edgy to boho, Azalea features on-trend and high-quality wardrobe essentials.

Now that we’ve all had many pumpkin spice lattes, fall fashion is in full swing. TheRafa Boot is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. ($100)

Azil Boutique

Every fashionista knows that no outfit is complete without accessorizing. Azil is the one-stop shop for your jewelry needs. With minimalist design in mind, they craft simple yet elegant pieces that will compliment any outfit in your wardrobe.

Our item of choice from Azil is the Cayucaos Statement Necklace. We love its subtle yet eye-catching design. ($125)

Maker & Moss

The furniture designers of Maker and Moss artistically use nature as the muse for their design inspiration. Sourced from local artists and craftspeople, the store aims to embody the unique, artisan culture of this eclectic city.

These Handmade Porcelain Bowls are a perfect addition to any modern home design. Hand-sculpted and painted, these vases alone become a work of art. Add a flower for that touch of nature that Maker and Moss is known for. ($15-30)

Cary Lane

Cary Lane is a label-loving bargain shopper’s dream come true. This store collects new items from brand names and sells them at a discounted price.

Get in touch with a Grabr if you’re in love with an item in this store. They are truly local; online shopping with Cary Lane is not an option. Check out items they have in the store by following them on social media.


Find gifts, trinkets, t-shirts, and more at Gather, a locally curated shop filled with whimsical items any Californian would love. This store is an art lover’s dream, filled with wonderful things uniquely made by San Franciscans.

This Black and White Print Shoulder Bag is a perfect tote to carry during fall and winter seasons. Pack your laptop, journal, wallet, and a scarf and head to a local coffee shop. ($116)

Paolo Shoes

Designed in San Francisco and hand-crafted in Italy, Paolo is a shoe design shop that ranks among top designers. Specializing in leather, a shoe made by Paolo is sure to be a fashion statement of the highest quality.

Leather booties are a classic San Francisco staple – these Adriana Brown Leather Booties are a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Fend off the cold, foggy weather without sacrificing your chic style. ($269)


Lavish is a boutique filled with feminine fun. Find stylish notebooks, statement scarves, fun frocks, paper goods, and little knick-knacks for home and life.
Find the adorable products that this shop has to offer by following them on instagram. Fingers crossed! Looks like a website for online shopping is in the works. For now, contact our dependable Grabrs to score goods from Lavish.

Picnic SF

A must-stop shop for knick-knacks and gifts, Picnic carries a range of products, from fun statement fashion pieces to home decor. Find fun souvenirs for friends and a unique addition to your living space.

Become as city savvy as a local by exploring all the places listed on this San Francisco neighborhood sign. Add it to your wall as a chic memory. ($34)

La Boutique

For the high-end shopper, this is the shop for you. Featuring unique items from designers all over Europe, this boutique-gallery loves good craftsmanship and artistic style. Spend hours browsing the space and sipping tea in a classy yet relaxing atmosphere. La Boutique only sells locally.

Bell Jar

Discover the best of local SF style at this shop. With women’s clothing, super fun accessories, and more, you’ll find something for you, your best friend, and that hard-to-shop-for family member.

This dress is perfect for chilly weather. Grab some tights, a killer pair of boots, and a hat and take to the streets. ($174)

Ready to find out about more local shops in San Francisco? Follow our blog to discover the best local spots in this city and others!

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