If you love food – cooking it, Instagramming it, eating it – then you must visit Omnivore Books. This bookstore specializes in titles about food. Here you can find everything from 19th-century agricultural guides on how to grow your own food, to cookbooks, books about food history, or the latest magazines. The bookstore’s collection of vintage titles is impressive, making a visit to Omnivore Books the perfect opportunity to find hidden gems.
One of the most popular – and beloved – bookstores in San Francisco, Green Apple Books offers a selection of new and used books, along with magazines, journals, vinyls, and art accessories, among others. If you visit, you’ll also have the chance to see a collection of ultra-rare titles, first editions and signed rare books, all protected by a glass panel.
This independent bookstore is located in the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. More than just a place from where you can buy rare titles, The Booksmith is a cultural institution. Interesting talks, events, and author readings and book signings are the norm here, meaning that you’ll always have the opportunity to see something new. Oh, and don’t forget to read the staff’s book reviews and recommendations added as Post-Its on the shelves!
At Dog Eared Books, you’ll find a literature wonderland. Step inside to browse through a range of small press as well as Beat and off-beat titles, along with a selection of books written by local authors and books about the San Francisco area. Like many other bookstores and shops in the city, Dog Eared Books also showcases art from local artists, so you can buy a few books and some paintings to take back home.
Needles & Pens is more than just a cool bookstore. This neighborhood hub of creativity is also an art gallery and place where locals can sell their self-published zines, handmade goods, jewelry and accessories. Go here if you want to shoot two birds with one stone: find great books and see awesome art and goods from local artists and artisans.
City Lights is an iconic bookstore and a travel destination in its own right. Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, the book shop was influenced by the Beat Generation, alternative culture and rejection of the conventional. Those influences remain to this day, present in the selection of hand-picked titles. And now for a bit of trivia for history buffs: City Lights is the first all-paperback bookstore in the US.
Located at the intersection between Japantown, Fillmore and Pacific Heights, The Buchanan offers access to a vibrant neighborhood filled with cool restaurants and bars, shops, cinemas, and jazz clubs. It’s an ideal choice for those who want to see another side of San Francisco and experience it more like a local. The rooms are also oversized, for that rare, airy hotel feel, while the in-room Keurig coffee brewers give you the perfect start for the day each morning.
The classic Hotel Drisco offers an elegant and comfortable accommodation solution in a fantastic location in the iconic Pacific Heights neighborhood. A major plus, this charming hotel also provides bikes to guests who want to explore the city on two wheels. Complimentary amenities include the aforementioned bikes along with a gourmet continental breakfast served with the morning newspaper, an evening wine reception and a complete concierge service. Truly San Franciscan hospitality at its finest.
Modern style meets high-tech features in Hotel Zetta. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, with one-of-a-kind antique Oriental rugs adding a colorful accent to the neutral decor. Ideal for business trips, the rooms feature large desks as well as G-LINK™ docking stations and smart TVs with Internet connectivity. Plus, the SoMa District location is perfect for travelers who want easy access to the best parts of San Francisco.
Hotel Zeppelin brings together nods to the city’s bohemian past, homages to the Beat Generation, and modern design influences. Exposed brick walls and wood-burning fireplaces appear alongside eclectic furniture and accessories. Every room has a vintage turntable and vinyls, but guests can also enjoy the free high-speed WiFi. The hotel’s bar is equally sophisticated, providing the perfect opportunity to unwind in style.
Like many buildings in the city, Cavallo Point has a rich history and dates back to the 1900s. The location is stunning, at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge. With both historic and contemporary lodges, guests have plenty of amazing rooms to choose from. A spa, tea bar, meeting rooms, and a healing arts center are also available, along with a concierge service and restaurant.
The epitome of comfort and refinement, Hotel Vitale focuses on wellness and relaxation. Honestly, the location alone is worth the booking. Built on the waterfront, the hotel offers views of Bay Bridge and the bay area. And that’s not all. A spa on the penthouse level features rooftop soaking tubs, taking the leisure experience to a whole new level.
It doesn’t get more rock’n’roll, quirky, and cool than Phoenix Hotel. This iconic hotel that dates to the 1950s has hosted legendary musicians and bands over the years, along with a celebrity or two. The hotel has a restaurant and bar and conveniently offers free WiFi AND parking. Outside, the art-filled pool surrounded by vegetation adds the perfect Californian vibe to this vibrant hotel.
Built in 1909, Hotel G is located just minutes away from Union Square in downtown San Francisco. Guests can stay in one of the hotel’s 153 rooms which feature a mid-century and modern decor with local artworks and eclectic pieces. The hotel also offers access to a gym, a meeting space, and perhaps more importantly, to a cocktail and oyster bar.
San Francisco is a haven for the latest technology and digital innovations. The Axiom boutique hotel provides the perfect solution for those who love modern tech and state-of-the-art amenities. Apart from the free – and super-fast – fiber optics Internet connection, expect to find smart TVs along with iPad and iPhone docking stations. Plus, the decor is minimalist and also has some industrial-style touches, so it’s a win-win!
Even before entering this hotel, you’ll probably fall in love at first sight with its flatiron, red brick building. Sophisticated and elegant, Proper Hotel welcomes guests in gorgeous rooms that combine Italian and French early Modernist influences and Cubism cues with modern touches. Iconic designs, custom pieces, a selection of eclectic items, and commissioned artworks complete the decor.
At The Gardener you’ll discover thoughtfully curated products and tools for both gardeners and nature lovers along with items for their homes. The San Francisco store in the Ferry Building features everything from gardening tools and accessories to baskets and tote bags, cookbooks and bowls as well as vases, candles, and napkins.
Opened in 1943, Alemany Flea Market is the city’s oldest market. Its popularity has only grown over the years and the market is now one of the busiest places where locals and tourists alike come to buy fresh produce. Of course, you can find the freshest products early in the morning, but for the best deals on produce, drop by just after noon.
Azalea brought more style to San Francisco when it opened in 2003. Fifteen years later, the popular store show no signs of slowing down in its quest to prove that the city is one of the most fashion-conscious in the US. If you go here, you’ll have plenty of options. The store features a huge range of apparel, accessories and lifestyle items from over 200 brands.
Like its name suggests, Woodshop is a place that showcases various items made of wood. Opened by four artisans who shared the same love of design and woodworking, the shop features an array of beautifully made products. Here you can find high-performance wooden surfboards, custom furnishings made from salvaged wood, old chairs with quirky new details, and home accessories.
Minimal style and refinement define the women’s apparel selection at Modern Citizen. These are must-have items for any wardrobe. They blend versatility, timeless design and edgy details that make all the difference. Inside, customers can also find a range of accessories along with home and beauty products, stationery, and more.
More than just a charming area, Temescal Alleys allows tourists to browse through a range of locally-owned artisan stores and mingle with the locals. Here you can stop at the ice cream shop to buy a delicious sweet treat before you admire some lush plants and vibrant flowers at the florist, window-shop for jewelry, find a vintage home accessory, buy an illustration created by a local artist, and then stop at the cafe for a shot of espresso.
General Store was founded in 2009 in San Francisco, with a location in LA opening later, in 2012. Expect to find a beautifully curated range of products here, all with a thoughtful design that marries minimalism and traditional craftsmanship. The store offers a collection of home goods, apparel and jewelry, along with apothecary and vintage items. On sunny days, the large garden offers a great opportunity to relax before heading out to explore the city.