The San Francisco Shopping Guide to the Fillmore
San Francisco's Fillmore neighborhood is one of the city's most engaging and entertaining locations, with culture, cuisine, and fun. It also boasts plenty of excellent shops where you can find the perfect memento of your visit to San Francisco. Here's our guide to the must-shop spots in this extraordinary San Francisco neighborhood.
b. patisserie (2821 California St.)
Fuel up for a long day shopping in the Fillmore with a meal at this exceptional French-styled bistro, offering up prime pastries and coffee. Go for the house-made gingerbread, ham and cheese croissant, or seasonal coffeecake. On weekends, grab one of the patisserie's fabled macarons or the 10-hour apple tart, made with apple confit and almond streusel.
African Plural Art (1305 Fillmore St.)
This fascinating art gallery has a wide selection of remarkable African treasures. Founded, curated, and owned by Solange Mallett, a native of Africa's Cote d'Ivoire, the African Plural Art store displays an array of authentic textiles, beads, decorative art, jewelry, and other gifts from artists across the continent. Browse the selection of African tribal masks, sculptures, and necklaces, or the extraordinary hand-crafted clothing, bags, and trade beads.
Browser Books (2195 Fillmore St.)
As you can probably guess by the name, Browser Books is an excellent spot for anyone looking to scan the shelves and find a few hidden gems. This neighborhood favorite has been engaging readers in San Francisco and visitors from around the world since 1976. It offers a wide variety of books across genres, but the real treasures are in its philosophy and religion section. Browser has an acclaimed array of volumes on Buddhism, along with many books on Eastern and Western religions and spirituality.
George (2512 Sacramento St.)
Don't forget something for your furry friends on your visit to San Francisco! George, named after the Fox Terrier puppy that inspired the owners to create the store, is a lovingly-crafted store offering top-notch products for pets. George puts a premium on high-end, aesthetically-pleasing accessories for dogs and cats, with everything from decorative dog tags, beds, and feeding mats for dogs to bowls, collars, and travel cases for cats. There are also plenty of treats for people; grab some of the store's dog stationery.
Roam Artisan Burgers (1923 Fillmore St.)
A hearty burger is the perfect accompaniment to a full day of shopping, and Roam Artisan Burgers on Fillmore St. offers up some of the best in the city. This classically-styled burger joint has a wide range of different burgers—choose from beef, turkey, bison, veggie, or lamb—and an enormous array of sides and toppings. Their artisan sodas and milkshakes make for an ideal burger partner.
Song Tea & Ceramics (2120 Sutter St.)
Song Tea & Ceramics is one of the most unique shops in all of San Francisco. This exquisite shop brings in high-quality tea from China and Taiwan. The full-bodied and rich recipes are perfect for a take-home gift or a little upgrade to your regular wake-up routine. Along with the tea, visitors can also select some high-quality vessels to brew and serve the teas in. Song Tea & Ceramics stocks a full line of ceramic teapots, bowls, servers, and cups made in the United States, China, and Taiwan. If you're lucky, you'll be able to get a spot in one of Song Tea & Ceramic's weekday or weekend (reservation-only) tastings - for only $10.
Cottage Industry (2328 Fillmore St.)
For a variety of treasures, visitors won't do much better than Cottage Industry. This quirky store features imports from 58 countries and a vast array of creators, artists, craftspeople, and creators. Check out the arts and crafts selection, with masks from Africa, Indonesia, Tibet, and Italy, along with statues, ceramics, and frescoes. Cottage Industry also boasts plenty of jewelry, candles, toys and games, and even a full "magic" section.
Nest (2300 Fillmore St.)
Named as one of the "hottest interior shops in the world," this trendy shop is the place to go to pick out some fashionable decorations for your home. The colorful accessories in Nest range from books and lamps to clothing and furniture, most with a distinctive French flair and style.
Mud Pie (2185 Fillmore St.)
Mud Pie is a lovingly-put together store for kids and kids at heart. In business for more than 40 years, Mud Pie specializes in hand-crafted, high-quality domestic and European-made children's toys and clothing—with plenty of treasures for adults as well. Stop into the artfully-designed and preserved Victorian-style location to stock up on stuffed animals, toys, and accessories for boys and girls. There's also a large selection for newborns and infants (the cardigans and rompers are especially adorable), as well as jewelry, toiletries, and sweets for adults.
Simply Chic (3038 Fillmore St.)
How about some bargain hunting? Simply Chic is the place to go to find high-quality, name-brand fashion and accessories at consignment prices. Simply Chic features a wide array of fabled brands: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, and many more. Stop in, and you could walk away with one of the biggest bargains in the city.
Heidi Says Collections (2426 Fillmore St.)
Heidi Says is one of the top locations for high-end designer clothing in San Francisco. This boutique features clothing and accessories from some of the world's top designers, including Rag & Bone, Frame Denim, Harvey Faircloth, and many more. It may be on the smaller side, but shoppers looking for a fashionable fit in San Francisco won't do much better than the delights to be found at Heidi Says.
The Social Study (1795 Geary Blvd.)
Head out to this Fillmore hotspot to end your night with a drink or two. This lively, high-energy bar boasts a cosmopolitan vibe, excellent food options, and plenty of great drinks on the menu. Try one of their local beers, like the Westfalia German-style red ale or Park Wheat Beer from Fort Point Brewery, or one of their many excellent wines. For an extra treat, try the "Chocolate Factory beertail," with Guinness Stout, house-made espresso syrup, and milk chocolate shavings.