The Best Places To Shop in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

The pair of legs on the facade of Piedmont Boutique in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, is eye-catching
The pair of legs on the facade of Piedmont Boutique in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, is eye-catching | © Michael Warwick / Shutterstock
Ashley Overbeek

The intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco served as the hub for America’s counterculture movement beginning in the summer of 1967, known as the Summer of Love. Recapture the spirit of the movement by picking up some vintage threads and vinyl from Haight-Ashbury’s range of one-of-a-kind, independent shops.

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Hunt down rare vinyl at Amoeba Music

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Amoeba Music will amaze visitors with its collection of records, DVDs and posters

A walk down Haight Street isn’t complete without a stop at Amoeba Music. Music, movies and posters from every genre imaginable fill the shelves all the way to the ceiling. Besides the plethora of CDs, DVDs, vinyl and cassette tapes stocked to awe customers, Amoeba frequently hosts free live shows featuring local musicians.

Grab a freshly baked pastry at Haight Street Market

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Haight Street Market offers a variety of flavorful food options

Come hungry and stock up on Haight Street Market’s local fares, ranging from San Francisco coffee staples Philz and Blue Bottle to fresh-made deli sandwiches, organic fruits and veggies, and even straight-out-of-the-oven bread and pastries. The staff is knowledgeable and more than happy to help with recommendations for items sold at the market, including great wine and cheese pairings.

Ambiance’s excellent customer service will have you coming back time and time again

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Ambiance stocks a great selection of women’s clothing and accessories

This women’s clothing store carries everything from beaded lace maxi dresses to bright-yellow bell-bottoms. Famed for its unparalleled customer service, finding something for everyone is what Ambiance does best. Ambiance even takes its customer service out of the store, following up with a kitschy postcard a few weeks later: “Thanks for shopping with us! Hope you enjoy all your new goodies. Come back and visit us when your closet needs an update.”

Head to Piedmont Boutique for one-of-a-kind costumey trinkets

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Piedmont Boutique’s distinctive storefront means it’s easy to find

Spotting Piedmont Boutique is an easy task – just look for the giant pair of women’s legs hanging out of a second-floor window. Prices are steep, but many of Piedmont’s costumey trinkets are handmade in the store. Peruse a 100-foot wall of earrings, wigs in every color of the rainbow, make-up, rings, neon spandex pants and lingerie. If a customer can’t find what they are looking for, which is unlikely given Piedmont’s broad selection of wares, they can place an order for custom clothing or accessories and leave with a one-of-a-kind item.

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