San Francisco city guide

Paxton Gate

Plants found here give a spooky exotic vibe and thrive mainly indoors. Find spidery Tillandsias and staghorn ferns, which can be mounted without dirt in sculptural wall displays. Do not miss the back room, where orchids are treated as curiosities and displayed in Victorian glass cases en masse to terrific effect.
824 Valencia St., 415-824-1872, paxtongate.com

Products: Outdoor
Type of Store: Boutique

Pacific Heights

Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood!

American Rag

Personality, not price, rules inside this enormous shop filled with chicly disheveled items from labels like See by Chloé and Harkham. Happily, half the store is devoted to sharp vintage pieces that complement the pricier items.
1305 Van Ness Ave., 415-474-5214

Products: Denim, Lingerie/Loungewear, Women's Clothing, Vintage, Shoes, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Benefit

Known for impressive formulas and sassy packaging, these five Northern California boutiques also offer a walk-in brow bar and eyelash tinting services. We swear by Hoola, a strong but natural-looking bronzer.
2117 Fillmore St., 415-567-0242, and other locations, benefitcosmetics.com

Products: Beauty
Type of Store: Boutique

Divine Girls

Former Laurel Heights staple the Bar has completed a gorgeous remodel and is now carrying lines difficult to find elsewhere in the city, such as Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Farhi, and Elisa Atheniense. Don't miss the killer belt selection up front.
340 Presidio Ave., 415-409-4901

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Erica Tanov

No local designer walks the bohemian-luxe line better. Pieces are sexy but never vulgar, and made so well they last forever.
2408 Fillmore St., San Francisco, 415-674-1228;
1827 Fourth St., Berkeley, 510-849-3331


Products: Women's Clothing
Type of Store: Boutique

Heidi Says

Known for its colorful window displays that continually catch the eyes of Fillmore Street passersby, this shop purveys clothing by festive lines like Tocca, Milly, and Trina Turk.
2426 Fillmore St., 415-749-0655

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Her

Its narrow storefront means only the most stylish items make it to the floor. Find printed skirts from Cynthia Steffe, of-the-moment dresses by Development by Erica Davies, and cozy sweaters from Vince, along with a top denim selection and Lauren Merkin bags.
2053 Fillmore St., 415-923-9628

Products: Denim, Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Nest

A global bazaar-inspired store can be difficult to pull off without creating an overly exuberant, overly stimulating fiasco, but it's masterfully executed at Nest. Even those who stridently embrace minimalism will discover plenty to marvel at, from the Patch NYC ink-drawing pillows to the suzani coverlets and striking gold jewelry.
2300 Fillmore St., 415-292-6199;
2340 Polk St., 415-292-6198


Products: Decorative Lighting, Furniture, Tabletop, Gifts/Ddesign
Type of Store: Boutique

As featured in Lucky's City Summer Shopping Guide!

Downtown and North Beach

Lucky's favorite stores in San Francisco's Downtown and North Beach neighborhoods!
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