Having recently undergone a hipster makeover, The Mission continues to manifest a rich history and vibrant Latino culture. Shopping in The Mission is no different. Packed with independent bookstores, local designer boutiques, cutting-edge artists and thrift stores brimming with knick-knacks and home accessories – most of which are congregated at Valencia Street – you receive a shopping escapade unlike any other.
Take a dip into its hip and artistic nature as we take you through its gritty trail of celebrated murals, oldest buildings and an eccentric assembly in The Mission.
Pirate theme shop with an unusual mix
Built around a pirate theme, 826 Valencia is full of surprises – drawers filled with pirate treasures, satirical posters and costumes, just to name a few. Above all, 826 Valencia is a non-profit organisation devoted to improving the literacy and writing skills of under-resourced children. Workshops include in-class tutoring support and publishing opportunities for students. Storybooks written by these students are also sold right here!
Quaint independent bookstore
Nestled in the heart of The Mission, Borderlands Books is the ultimate treasure trove for all bookworms. This quaint bookstore takes us back to the good old days where bookstores were aplenty. It stocks an amalgam of leisurely reads including their specialised horror, mystery, sci-fi and fantasy genres. You also receive impeccable service – we’re pretty sure the staff have read every book in store – and a very decent café attached.
Handmade jewellery inspired by nature
Claudia Kussano has a knack for aesthetic designs, and it is seamlessly flaunted in her jewellery. Motivated by nature, her pieces are earthy, unique and divine, featuring organically inspired shapes combined with exciting materials. Claudia Kussano jewellery is understated yet eye-catching. Touring her shop is quite an experience – with jewellery displayed on small wooden pods and silk-woven leaves, it immediately transports you to the woods. The store doubles up as a workshop, so if you’re lucky, you’ll get a chance to see her in action.
Refurbished mid-century furniture and homewares
Farnsworth surpasses in delivering a well-curated and wide range of refurbished mid-century furniture. Its showroom may look a little clustered at first sight, but you’re bound to encounter some hidden treasures once you give it a chance. Select from a collection of furniture made from various wood materials and old world home accessories like airplane display models, original posters from the 70s and abstract sculptures. Moreover, these pieces are competitively priced – and truly one-of-a-kind finds.
Unusual home décor and gift ideas
Inspired by the wonder of the natural world, Paxton Gate creates a refuge from the bustling street with its eccentric pieces in their backyard garden. The place is brimming with peculiar gardening merchandise, home décor and oddities including animal head taxidermies, fossils, terrariums and insect dioramas. Paxton Gate – raises the bar of unique to a whole new level and a perfect place to shop for your curious friends.
Sustainable fashion label
Synergy Organic Clothing receives major brownie points from us for its sustainable wears for a great cause. This shop offers the most comfortable fashion forward clothing and yoga wear with western and eastern design influences – made with organic cotton, natural fibres and dyed with low impact dyes. The interior of the boutique also features large spaces for a laid-back shopping experience.
Stylish ready-to-wear and bespoke menswear
A great find for men’s fashion, Taylor Stitch prides itself on its attention to detail and construction for modernised classic staples. Each collection is unique on its own and made right here in San Francisco with various types of denim, styles, and cuts – apt for both dressy and casual looks. The boutique also carries men’s fashion accessories and offers bespoke services for your acquired taste. A mecca for men who want to look fashionable without trying too hard.
Curated and artisanal perfumes for all
If you pride on your humble collection of perfume bottles, step right in and treat yourselves to the tantalizing scents of Tigerlily. The store boasts a rich stockpile of artisan and niche perfumes from independent brands and hard-to-find cult favourites from around the globe. The staff are more than happy to offer a helping hand with your purchase. Confused as to what scent to pick? Just let them know and they’ll point you in the right direction. You are sure to find a wonderfully blended and wearable scent for yourself – whether you’re into musky, earthy smells or fruity, sweet scents.