The San Francisco Shopping Guide to Hayes Valley
San Francisco's Hayes Valley neighborhood is rich with chic boutiques, home decor shops and trendy restaurants. It's also within walking distance of popular performing arts institutions like SFJAZZ, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Symphony. Here are some picks for shops to stop at if you're spending a day in Hayes Valley.
Home and Gifts
Maker + Moss (364 Hayes St.)
Chic home decor that's also comfortable and functional? That's the aim of Maker + Moss, a home goods retailer that covers everything from dishes to lighting to eye-catching accessories sourced by owner and San Francisco native Matt Bissinger. Moving from affordable candles, frames, and soaps to more expensive full-size furniture and lighting fixtures, Maker + Moss allows you to grab some home accents for yourself (or trendy treats for your friends) while browsing fashionable home decoration setups.
MMclay (315 Linden St.)
Potter MaryMar Keenan has turned her passion for clay into a full-time business with her Linden Street shop, which focuses on handmade tableware. Check out her "Hayes Valley Collection" of mugs and cups, which range in price from $36 to $85 for pieces that were made by the artist herself.
Amour Vert (437 Hayes St.)
Sustainable fashion that utilizes zero-waste philosophies is the focus of Amour Vert, which means "green love." Approximately 97% of the men's, women's, and baby clothes on hand are produced right in California to reduce the store's carbon footprint and eliminate excess waste. An added bonus to supporting an eco-friendly business? The clothes are super cute, moderately priced, and on-trend.
Reliquary (544 Hayes St.)
What exactly is a reliquary? Defined as a "container for sacred relics", you instantly feel that word's meaning when you enter this carefully-curated shop. Items are hand-selected and range from vintage to modern to very fashion-forward. Jewelry, men's and women's clothing, artwork, and bath items are also available.
Cary Lane (New location: 3153 16th St.)
Bargain hunters rejoice! Cary Lane is dedicated to providing a revolving door of high-end items for men and women that are deeply discounted. The store offers all-new clothing that is sourced from all over the world. If you're looking to add some brand name pieces to your wardrobe without taking out a second mortgage, Cary Lane is the place in Hayes Valley to look for bargain deals.
Oak + Fort (567 Hayes St.)
Affordable prices and minimalist styles combine to make Oak + Fort a local favorite. Clean, simple, and classic designs for men and women are what you'll find, along with a nice selection of sunglasses, accessories, and bags. Being fashionable doesn't mean that you also need to be broke!
Klein Epstein & Parker (467 Gough St.)
Gentlemen, start your engines! For a perfectly tailored and on-point look that will turn heads, Klein Epstein & Parker is the place to head for custom looks that suit every occasion. Their "made to measure" service allows men to create custom pieces based specifically on their measurements for about the same price as department store items.
Jewelry and Accessories
Metier (546 Laguna St.)
Owners Sheri Evans and Trina Papini have created what they call a "dreamy jewel box" on Laguna St. Metier houses a vast collection of vintage jewelry items that you won't find anywhere else, as well as modern pieces reflecting ethical gem-sourcing involving conflict-free methods. Truly a treasure in Hayes Valley, Metier will catch your eye with its unique aesthetic.
Gimme Shoes (416 Hayes St.)
Do you have a shoe obsession that rivals Carrie Bradshaw's? Then Gimme Shoes is a must-stop on your Hayes Valley shopping trip. Here, you'll find the latest designs from Stella McCartney for Adidas, Chie Mihara, and Jutta Neumann to add to your already impressive collection.
Undefeated (516 Hayes St.)
If having the newest sneakers on the block is high on your priority list, Undefeated's tremendous selection for men, women, and kids will leave you salivating. Carrying all the hot brand, the only thing that will make your friends more jealous is when you tell them they were bought in Hayes Valley, San Francisco's best shopping neighborhood.
Where to Eat and Drink
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar (398 Hayes St.)
Just because it's one of the oldest restaurants in Hayes Valley doesn't mean that Absinthe Brasserie and Bar has lost its shine. An outstanding cocktail program, along with French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, makes Absinthe a neighborhood go-to for locals and hungry shoppers alike. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, pop in to Absinthe to check out their raw bar, small plates, or the French classic croque monsieur.
Gioia Pizzeria (579 Hayes St.)
Grab a slice to go or sit down with a whole pie. At Gioia Pizzeria, you'll find a wide selection, from the traditional cheese and pepperoni to the more unusual roasted eggplant and tomatoes with Nicoise olives. Fuel up at Gioia and feel good about walking off the calories during your shopping excursion.
Rich Table (199 Gough St.)
If you're looking for a casual atmosphere with high-quality food, Rich Table is a must-stop restaurant. It's one of San Francisco's 62 Michelin-starred restaurants. Chefs and owners Evan and Sarah Rich prepare California fare with fine-dining precision and flavors from around the globe. Try their char siu-style pork chops followed by their famous Porcini doughnuts.
True Sake (560 Hayes St.)
True Sake allows you to sip, savor, and shop the world of Japanese rice wine. In fact, owner and sake sommelier Beau Timken created the first store in the U.S. dedicated solely to sake. Their world-class selection of sake can be shipped right to your door if you find a variety that you'd like to share with your friends at home.