Souvenir Shopping, San Francisco

It would be a pity to leave San Francisco without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to San Francisco, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: USA » San Francisco (See other walking tours in San Francisco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Author: Daniel
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San Francisco Rock Posters & Collectibles

1) San Francisco Rock Posters & Collectibles

What to buy here: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Poster ($40-275). Between 1965 and 1971, hundreds of posters were pounded out in ink and steel to promote concerts around San Francisco. Content was secondary to psychedelic design. Text and images collided. Commerce was art, and color and wavy lines trumped all in the spirit of free love, wailing guitar solos, and experimental typesetting. The effect was to be hallucinatory, electric, and illegible. Two of the most influential promoters of the era...   view more
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Levi Strauss & Company

2) Levi Strauss & Company

What to buy here: Vintage Levi’s, 1944 501 Jean ($250). Levi’s owns a large warehouse in an undisclosed location south of San Francisco where it stores its pre-1900-era jeans along with reliquary documents, photographs, fliers, and handbills. Through Levi’s Vintage Clothing, special limited edition items are created to replicate old vintage jeans found in mine shafts and in the Nevada desert, among other sources – lumberjack-looking flannel shirts, hunting coats, and shooting vests....   view more
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440 Brannon

3) 440 Brannon

What to buy here: Muni Squiggle Shirt ($20). The Muni t-shirt company has based itself on the squiggled-line logo of San Francisco’s Muni transit system – the collection of buses, trolleys, subways lines, and cable cars that circle the city. The shirts pay tribute to a public transportation system that might be described, in general, as limited and slow. Various iterations on a theme exist in the form of Muni line shirts with route numbers, line names, and a list of the main stops. They are...   view more
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The Giants Dugout

4) The Giants Dugout

What to buy here: Giants Black & Orange Ballcap ($18-37).

Originally founded in 1883 as the New York City Gothams, the San Francisco Giants is one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball and its stadium the first privately-financed ballpark since Dodger Stadium (at $357 million). Supposedly, a New York manager declared them “my giants” after a win, and the name stuck around for the next century and counting. The New York Giants logo consisted of an overlapping N and Y, similar to...   view more
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Stonehouse California Olive Oil

5) Stonehouse California Olive Oil

What to buy here: Extra Virgin House Blend ($14). The past decade has seen a resurgence in California oil production which first began when 16th-century Spanish missionaries introduced what is now known as the Mission olive to the New World and which lapsed into horticultural neglect for the several centuries that followed. In 2008, the University of California at Davis established the Olive Center – the first olive research and education facility in North America and a division of the Robert...   view more
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Recchiuti Confections

6) Recchiuti Confections

What to buy here: Chocolate: The Black Box: The original 16 handmade chocolates. ($44). Gourmet Magazine once called Michael Recchiuti, co-founder of Recchiuti Chocolates, “the Picasso of San Francisco Chocolatiers.” His is a combination of taste and packaging: modern minimalist design elements and obscure flavorings like Ceylon tea, tarragon, grapefruit, lemon, and cardamom. The chocolate itself is usually some sort of unexpected blend as well – sweet and unsweet, extra bitter and...   view more
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Far West Fungi

7) Far West Fungi

What to buy here: Dried Mushrooms ($5-20). At the edge of the Pacific Ocean, more than 40 wild and cultivated varieties of mushrooms are grown on the Far West farm. A blend of straw, rice bran, and red oak sawdust is treated with high-pressure steam before being seeded in sterile chambers. Depending on the species, growth cycles can last from four to eight weeks. Shitake, tree oyster, king trumpet, bear’s head, and maitake are some of their top producers. Porcini – one of the more difficult...   view more

Walking Tours in San Francisco, California

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Create Your Own Walk in San Francisco

Creating your own self-guided walk in San Francisco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach Walking Tour

North Beach is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, known as San Francisco's Little Italy. This fun area features a great mix of architecture, museums, restaurants and old shops. Take this tour to explore the beauties that North Beach has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf Walking Tour

Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood is home to world-class entertainment opportunities in San Francisco. The historic tourist attractions make the area a popular place to visit. Fisherman's Wharf is an important center of the city's historic fishing industry. Take this walking tour to explore the most visited sights in Fisherman's Wharf.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Bursting with popular tourist attractions and diverse neighborhoods, San Francisco is considered to be a "wonder to behold". Full of museums, religious buildings, parks and amazing architecture, this city can keep any tourist busy for his entire trip. Take this walking tour to explore San Francisco's most visited tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill Area Walking Tour

Telegraph Hill offers an unexpected and delightful getaway in the heart of San Francisco. The name Telegraph Hill came from a structure built on the top of the hill in the mid-1800s, which would visually signal the city with regard to the type of vessels passing through the Golden Gate. It is famous for the spectacular stairways that traverse some of the city's most charming terrain, and for the popular Coit Tower. Take this tour to explore the area's highlights.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

Gay Nightclubs and Bars Tour

San Francisco is known as the gay capital of the world. The famous Castro district offers a wide variety of entertaining options, like bars, cafés and nightclubs. The bar and club scenes are incredibly diverse in age, race and interests. Take this tour to explore San Francisco Gay nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Famous Architecture Walking Tour

Famous Architecture Walking Tour

San Francisco is one of the world's top travel destinations, being famous for spectacular tourist attractions like Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. But besides that, this city also features a large variety of world-known architecture, like Transamerica Pyramid, Grace Cathedral and others. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous architectural buildings in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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