Alongside the delicious restaurants and unique breweries explored in the previous post (The Mission District – Restaurants), The Mission is also home to many fun thrift stores, boutiques, bookstores, and galleries. This list gives some recommendations for shopping spots to check out during your visit: https://www.sftravel.com/article/san-francisco-shopping-guide-mission
One of my favorite places to stop at is Dog Eared Books at 900 Valencia St. Dog Eared Books is known for its soothing atmosphere that encourages you to relax and explore the shelves to find your new favorite book. The bookstore offers new books, gently used paperbacks, and even some local literature and small press books. To continue the true bookworm tour of the Mission, make sure to stop by Borderlands Books at 866 Valencia Street which specializes in used, new and rare science fiction, fantasy and horror.
Another unique Mission find is Paxton Gate, an eclectic combination of a natural history boutique, a gardening store, taxidermy shop, and entomological treasure trove. The shop is home to natural oddities like taxidermy and mounted exotic animals, botanical and anatomical prints, shells, bones, a selection of unusual plants, and books on gardening and natural sciences topics.
For one last fun activity, check out Urban Putt: the city’s first indoor miniature golf course, located in the heart of the Mission District. Housed in a historic Victorian building, Urban Putt offers visitors a unique experience with tasty food and drinks alongside a high-tech, fantastical 14-hole mini-golf course. Urban Putt is open late, and I would definitely recommend stopping by for an after-dinner game of mini golf and a visit to their clubhouse bar!
1096 South Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA 94110