Check out the best places to shop, drink and dine in this revitalized neighborhood!
Where to Shop
Pick up home decor items, gifts and clothing made by local artists at Gather (541 Octavia St., 415.799.7130), then head over to Timbuk2 (506 Hayes St., 415.252.9860) for custom messenger bags, totes or backpacks crafted at the Mission District factory. Nearby, Marine Layer (498 Hayes St., 415. 829.7519) is known for its soft, locally designed casual wear—this location also has a mystery T-shirt vending machine offering shirts at a discount. Shoppers looking for high-end threads will find dapper menswear by French designer Emile Lafaurie at Sean (575 Hayes St., 415.431.5551) and fine European lingerie at Alla Prima (539 Hayes St., 415.864.8180).
Where to Drink
At the heart of this ‘hood, right off Patricia’s Green (a small park that buzzes with people and features rotating public art installations), Ritual (432b Octavia St., 415.865.0989) serves up locally roasted and meticulously sourced espressos, pour-overs and lattes from inside a repurposed shipping container. This square is also home to Biergarten (424 Octavia St.), a Bavarian-style outdoor beer garden where you can people watch and try a rotating menu of draft brews from around the world. California reds and whites are poured alongside vermouth and small bites at Fig & Thistle (313 Ivy St., 415.589.7005), an intimate, dimly lit space with a rustic-chic ambiance.
Where to Eat
Carnival-inspired comfort food is the main attraction at Straw (203 Octavia Blvd., 415.431.3663). Menu highlights include a donut burger that has been featured on the Food Network, mini corn dogs with raspberry dijon and a cotton candy of the day. For those with finer palates, at Plaj (333 Fulton St., 415.294.8925) you can find innovative Scandinavian dishes made from seasonal and local ingredients. Sweet tooths should pop into Miette Patisserie (449 Octavia St., 415.626.6221), a bakery crafting gourmet confections, cakes and some of the city’s best macarons.