Fathom Favorites : San Francisco Shops

1. 826 Valencia

826 Valencia

Writer Dave Eggers’ literacy non-profit for under-resourced children has a pirate supply store out front that sells apothecary items, books, garb, and other seafaring-themed souvenirs your kids will go crazy over.

826 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

2. True Sake

True Sake

SF’s premiere sake shop stocks harder to find varieties like nama (unpasteurized) and koshu (aged) sakes. Ask the staff for recommendations — from sake starter kits and sakes for wine lovers to sake in a can —  and come out with a fun bottle to bring to dinner at a friend’s house.

560 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

3. Cotton Sheep

Cotton Sheep

Light and airy boutique selling Japanese men’s and women’s apparel from brands you normally need a passport to find. Children’s clothing and feel-good accessories make it a spot for the whole family.

572 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

4. Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics

In addition to being the workshop where the widely popular ceramic plates, tableware, and tiles are made, this large, airy, design-minded emporium carries a selection of goods sourced from makers and artisans around the world. Attached is the Heath Newsstand, which carries indie magazines as well as traditional newspapers. 

2900 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. Reliquary


A stash of new, vintage, and antique goods with a worldly, tasteful, eclectic appeal. Artfully merchandised in a way that makes each gauzy dress and victorian jewel feel equally special.


544 Hayes St.
San Francisco, 94102

6. Amoeba Records

Amoeba Records

Row after row of new, used, and rare vinyl await at what's considered one of the best independent music stores in the country. Carrying a torch for Haight-Ashbury's musical history, live shows attract good bands with new albums and a crowd.

1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, 94117