Hidden behind frosted garage doors in an otherwise boutique-less stretch of the city, Chariots on Fire is an unparalleled resource for jewelry you’d be hard-pressed to locate anywhere else on the West Coast. Scott Wilson’s net-like crocheted necklaces are arranged on stacks of white paper next to one-of-a-kind woven bracelets from Romy Derman and futuristic chokers pieced together with chips of mirror by Stefano Poletti.
Filling a pie-shaped wedge on a sunny corner, Eden & Eden is devoted to goods from Britain, including Tatty Devine necklaces cast after giant zippers, Rococo teal goblets, and fluorescent yellow wallpaper reproductions of bus schedules. Even though the merchandise is all readily available in the U.K., the assortment is so spot-on that many of its online orders come from London-based clients.
Jeremy Kidson opened this gigantic department store-sized outlet immediately after high school in the late '80s, presenting current-season collections from some of fashion's biggest names at a fraction of retail prices.
One of the few independent boutiques that hang with the big boys over in Union Square (Neiman Marcus, Marc Jacobs, Chanel), this quietly low-key space peddles a stellar roster of citified labels: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Isabel Marant, and Daryl K.
Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Hayes Valley/Lower Haight neighborhood!
A small storefront belies the fact that Azalea is not only gigantic—but also houses an in-store spa. It's a long-standing establishment and a one-stop destination for everything from denim (there's a huge wall of it) to Comme des Garçons tops and Devotte boots.
A pioneer in the revitalized Hayes Valley—now one of the city's best shopping districts—Dish emphasizes pared-down labels with lasting appeal. The industrial-inflected interior is the ideal streamlined backdrop for lines like Alexander Wang, Sir, and Loeffler Randall.
Styled as a mini department store (it's the size of a closet but carries everything from beauty products to clothing to stationery and home goods), Doe espouses an adorable slightly French and slightly handmade aesthetic.
As the name suggests, this duo of shops deals exclusively in footwear, hitting an impressive range of prices and styles. There are psychedelic Dries Van Noten heels alongside lace-up booties from Chie Mihara.
An acronym for Modern Appealing Clothing, this Hayes Valley stalwart (it opened its doors in 1980) has lost none of its edge. Landscaped with hundreds of plants, it reads like a lush botanical garden—an appropriately exotic backdrop for the avant-garde Tsumori Chisato dresses and bejeweled bug pins by Liberty, along with a scattering of options from local designers such as Dema and Ryan Roberts.