If you are wondering where the prim and proper hang out in San Francisco, your answer can be found in Pacific Heights. Gorgeous old-world homes line this upscale neighbourhood and steep hills surround the neighbourhood offering stunning panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and The Bay. This means the shopping in Pacific Heights is of course chic.
Day-long shopping sprees will be very satisfying along Fillmore Street (between Jackson and Bush), where there is a mix of international and indie brands. For home décor heaven head over Sacramento (between Broderick and Lyon) and Sutter to taste a great range of the world’s teas.
A popular post-shop hang is Jane, a light-filled café with awesome coffee and cake. Otherwise, unwind at hilltop parks like Lafayette and Atla Plaza.
Drop-dead gorgeous jewellery
From selling vintage jewellery in NYC to designing jewellery for Madonna– Alexis Bittar has sure come a long way. The eponymous jewellery label hit shores in 2011 and the rest is history. An obvious standout from the other storefronts, Alexis Bittar stuns with drop-dead gorgeous and whimsical jewellery. Be prepared for a taxidermy-filled store – a contrast to the feminine jewellery pieces. From futuristic to on-trend pieces there isn’t a dull moment at Alexis Bittar.
High fashion brands to up-and-coming designers
Curve is your answer to both ends of the fashion spectrum – the boutique carries high fashion labels like Alexander McQueen, Versace and Valentino to up-and-coming independent designers. Founder Nevena Borissova also has a unique eye for great designers, creating her interpretation of what’s hot each season. So you will leave the boutique with a hip and up-to-the-minute piece. Towards the end of the store is a noteworthy selection of jewellery and accessories that’d make great accompaniments to the designer pieces.
Where style and comfort meet
We are all for a stylish pair of shoes but you know you’ve hit jackpot when you find something that treats your feet right. This celebrated shoe brand proves that style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive. Though the silhouette of their shoes is simple, the “wow” factor lies in details – detachable heels, fringe, patterned straps and ankle bracelets screams “Genius!” The store interior exudes a bohemian vibe with ample room to strut in your new feet candy. You’ll never want to leave the place.
Hand-blown votives for a great cause
We’ve always admired a brand with a great cause and Glassy Baby sits on top of this list. Founded by three-time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes, this unique homeware store has now donated more than $2million dollars to various charities. The hand blown votives include their signature candleholders and drinking cup in over 400 colours so you will fine something to your liking. Whether you’re all for supporting a great cause or would just like a new piece of art in your abode, Glassy Baby is one homeware shop not to miss.
Mix of high fashion picks and indie labels for women
With such a pretty storefront, we couldn’t help but take a second look. Simple, minimalist and unpretentious, Heidi Says takes you from casual to dressy in a heartbeat. Though the shoes are the main attraction, the collection of accessories and women’s fashion is forced to be reckoned with. Visit this shop and you might just see your future favourite labels. We only wish the selection was larger!
You go-to lifestyle store for everyday objects for the kitchen, pantry and table
If only we had a fraction of the exquisite kitchenware showcased at March. You’ll never see us leaving the kitchen. This celebrated lifestyle store – one of the most popular among the locals – focuses on exquisite everyday objects for the kitchen, pantry and table. The timeless pieces have a historical resonance, each with a rich story behind the creative process. Apart from carrying a mix of excellent kitchenware, the folks at March also host family-style supper events.
A fresh take on cutting-edge knitwear, Margaret O’Leary’s sweaters are perfect for the occasional cool breeze. Far from generic, the knitwear comes in a variation of festival ponchos, maxi cardigans, textured stitched pullovers, fringe hoodies, just to name a few. Versatile, ultra-soft and oh-so-comfy! Oh and the boutique also features a modest collection of footwear and fashion accessories that’ll go hand in hand with your chic knitwear.
Mishmash of antiques and jewellery
We’re not kidding when we say that you will come across every antique imaginable here. At Mureta’s Antiques, treat yourselves to a mishmash of antique and estate jewellery, including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and retro gems. The selection of antiques includes European and Asian pieces like sterling silver, crystal and porcelains in the quaint little shop. A treasure throve for all antique hoarders.
Curated home décor items from South France
Transport to the streets of South France with the help of Nest. Owned by a mother-daughter duo, this charming boutique is the result of their travel finds – a curated bevy of every home accessory imaginable. You will encounter an assemblage of whimsical to worldly pieces – textiles, ornaments, lamps, and decorative items, soft furnishings to animal wall taxidermies. It’s like a live Pinterest mood board.
Ceramic tea wares from Taiwan, China and the US
A little off, Fillmore Street, step away from the flurry and immerse into the world of Song Tea & Ceramics. This specialty tea store is almost Zen-like – with clean and minimal spaces. Celebrated for its ensemble of traditional, rare and experimental tea from China and Taiwan, we were also surprised to discover a beautiful collection of ceramics. The ceramics are predominantly made from ceramicists in Taiwan, China and the US, who show a mastery of material and technique echoing the minimalist aesthetic of the teashop. As you pick your ideal tea don’t forget to get a glazed teapot or a wood-fired bowl for a complete experience.
GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS