Though barely noticed 10 years ago, Hayes Valley is now bustling with a jumble of hip and innovative entrepreneurs, housing some of San Francisco’s most trendsetting shops. What used to be a neighbourhood lost in the shadows of the Central Freeway, has now reinvented itself into a mecca for food trucks, coffee shops, the trendiest upscale boutiques, elegant jewellery shops and socially conscious labels – most of which located along Hayes Street.
Be sure to take in the vibrant hues at every nook and cranny. After shopping in Hayes Valley, stop by Ritual, an outdoor café situated right in the heart of Hayes Valley, for a friendly chat and some freshly-brewed coffee.
Upscale outerwear for men
Residing in a storage container, you can’t help but stand in awe at Aether’s inviting storefront. The outlet at San Francisco is Aether’s very first stand-alone store. It brags a custom glass-encased cantilevered lounge, reclaimed oaks floors and a belt-driven dry-cleaner style conveyor system – complete with 3 storeys of upscale outerwear and gear. Pick from a collection of jackets, coats, sweatshirts that’ll withstand the coldest of winters. Base layers, pants, shorts, shirts and swimwear, are also available.
Eco-conscious fashion label
Amour Vert has always been sincere about eco-conscious fashion. They don’t just care about looking good; they’re committed to doing good. So it comes as no surprise to encounter the use of non-toxic dyes, sustainable fibres, innovative fabrics and a zero waste design policy in their products. Apart from silk dresses, jumpsuits and bombers, Amour Vert also offers up a slew of minimalist jewellery.
Exquisite blooms and gift ideas
You’re bound to score some major brownie points from your loved ones here. Birch is a treasure trove of exquisite blooms, vases, goods, greeting cards, magazines, and some odds and ends that would make excellent gifts. The owner has a well-honed, aesthetic eye for the most creative flower arrangements and gift ideas. There are ready-made bouquets that you could pick up if you’re rushed for time or have a word with the staff for unique flowers and florist techniques.
Sustainable fashion for men
There are many eco-friendly options available, but some fail to turn out great fashion. Convert strives to bring the worlds of fashion and sustainability together. With over 6 years of experience in the industry, Convert has a knack for picking sustainable fashion that is both stylish and trendy. The label carries men’s and women’s fashion, and shoes – with the men’s outlet situated at Hayes Street. You’ll encounter dressy to casual wear, lifestyle items and accessories like watches, belts, bags and hats at Convert.
Multi-label women’s fashion boutique
Trendy, refreshing and unpretentious is what you’d call Dish. This multi-label boutique does a sterling job at promoting indie designers, with an impressive list of labels, including Frank & Eileen, Giovanna Torrico, Julie Rofman, Melissa Joy Manning, NSF and Rag & Bone. The boutique also carries a modest collection of jewellery and perfumes to go along with your wears. If you’re all about beautifully curated high-end fashion, you’ll feel right at home at Dish.
Fun apparel for little tots
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The team at Fiddlesticks believe that kid’s clothing should be fun and unique as they are – and that’s exactly what they bring to the table. One of the few shops catered to children; Fiddlesticks offers an exciting selection of toys, games and kid’s fashion for ages 0-12. Tour the charming shop for an assortment of trendy wears that’ll make you wish they had them in your size, colourful toys, interactive games and animal-themed lunch bags. The team is always sourcing for something different, so you’re sure to encounter a fresh collection whenever you visit the shop.
Accessories boutique with interesting brands
If you hold absolute adoration for jewellery and fashion accessories, you will love LAVA9. Dubbed as San Francisco’s most sought after accessories boutique, the pieces are, without a doubt, an exquisite collection. The boutique features antique and minimalist jewellery, and a slew of accessory brands including Liebeskind, Prairie Underground and Ellington handbags. We particularly love the clever display of their products, using hooks to hang leather bags and shelves that hold wallets in a variety of colours.
Stylish bikes and bike accessories
One of the best ways to travel around the streets of San Francisco is to ride a bike. Public Bikes + Gear offers ridiculously chic bikes in a myriad of styles and colours. The store features city bikes decked in a bounty of details, each unique to its rider. The frame styles come in Diamond, Mixte, Step-thru and Road. The store boasts a sleek interior with a display of bicycles, helmets, bicycle seats and accessories decked in pastel colours and vivid patterns. Quite a delight to pop by even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular.
Comfy and casual wears for men and women
One of the more prominent stores in the neighbourhood (owns 10 stores across the country), Marine Layer is a laid-back brand offering popular men’s and women’s casuals like graphic T-shirts, hoodies, polos, button-downs, outerwear, bottoms and fashion accessories – you name it, they’ve got it. These pieces are created right here in San Franciso, using custom cotton-modal blend fabrics, making them ultra soft and comfy. We defy you to leave Marine Layer empty-handed.
A variety of jewellery and gift ideas
One of the most exquisite jewellery shops in Hayes Valley, Metier carries rare jewellery and accessories that’ll satisfy even the fussiest of shoppers. The showroom is relaxed and uncluttered with colour-washed concrete floors, rich blue walls and elegant pieces of jewellery displayed on wooden showcases. We were delighted to encounter some antique and artisanal jewellery, little trinkets and thrown pottery beyond the storefront – perfect gifts for that special someone. There’s no denying you’ll have a tough time leaving Metier.
Edgy multi-label men’s fashion
If you’re seeking edgy, casual and high fashion menswear, step right in. Rand + Statler owns a reputation of featuring local favourites, with brands like Alexander Wang, Comme Des Garçons PLAY, Catbird and Acne Studios. Be greeted with trendy statement pieces dedicated to men’s fashion, jewellery and accessories. The interior of Rand + Statler boasts a pleasing soft contemporary front, with dark wooden flooring, spotlights, white walls and ample shopping space.
Mix of vintage and modern women’s fashion and home décor
This petite shop is far from minuscule when it comes to what it has to offer. Reliquary is a well-curated boutique that carries unique finds like charming collections of vintage jewellery, and accessories like printed scarves, sun hats and leather handbags. Ladies will also love their casual yet trendy collection of women’s apparel and random picks of home accessories. A definite must-visit for it’s seamless fusion of vintage and contemporary.