Noe Valley is one family-friendly neighbourhood. It’s got it all. Shopping in Noe Valley, along 24th Street and Castro Street is filled with chic furniture shops, edgy women’s fashion boutiques, lively bookstores and even something for kids. It is no wonder families with kids, dogs and strollers are a common sight in this charming neighbourhood.
Go for a wander. Take in the rich Victorian and Edwardian houses along the steep street. And if you still have some time on your hands, steal some spectacular views of the lovely neighbourhood at the foot of Twin Peaks.
Colourful cotton staples for women
Locally made, Cotton Basics offers just what you need – the basics. So do not be disheartened if you can’t find anything fancy. But hey, who needs fancy when you’ve got quality dresses, skirts, sweaters, jackets, tank tops and leggings in a myriad of colours?!
Functional and stylish customised furniture
An interior decorator’s haven, Echo Furniture stuns with functional and stylish furniture and home accessories for your abode. Aside from covering the basics – the shop features everything you’ll need for the living room to the bedroom – they also offer customisation services if you’re looking for a personal touch. We hear that their impeccable service has often been raved about. Don’t take our word for it, visit Echo Furniture yourselves and you’ll know what we mean.
Extensive range of books for kids
Though not quite our idea of shopping, we can’t stop ourselves from sharing a noteworthy bookstore when we spot one. Folio Books has a great selection of books for kids, and a commendable selection for adults. What sets this bookstore apart from others is it’s extensive local section – where they even highlight different local artists in the area and host fun events for kids. Approach the staff for a solid book recommendation, as it’s clear that most of the books have been reviewed by them.
Evergreen basics with a feminine edge
Part tomboy and part casual chic, Mill dazzles with evergreen basics with a feminine edge. No surprises that this is the sister store of menswear purveyor Unionmade. The boutique also offers a series of lifestyle goods, homewares, a range of indie magazines, handcrafted ceramics and an apothecary. The perfect place to shop if you favor sneakers over stilettos and would rather stick to indie fashion labels.
Uber-cool footwear, fashion and accessories
Serving the bay area for over 40 years, there’s no doubt that Rabat is a favourite among the locals. Giving off modern rustic vibes with its deep red and gold storefront, parquet flooring and wooden racks, the shopping is extensive. Be prepared to meet a collection of leather shoes, boots, sandals and even a small collection of fashion accessories and shoes for men. Uber-cool stuff. It’s a pleasure just to look-see.
One-stopping shopping for women and kids
This gem of a boutique is perfect for a chill weekend with the kids. Brimming with classy, unassertive women’s fashion and gifts for women, men and kids. The shop also stocks the kid’s label Podots. For a seamless shopping experience, send your kids to play at the custom built wooden fort inside the boutique as you shop away.
Shabby-chic vintage furniture
If you favour colours, patterns and everything vintage store worthy then step right into When Modern Was. Concordant to its peculiar store name, this furniture is shabby-chic and one-of-a-kind. Every spot is adorned with handpicked mid-century furniture, trinkets, dresser drawers and storage cabinets in bright colours, clocks and art pieces – a mix of old and new. You can’t help but be put in a positive mood if you’re all for vintage shops.