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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

The unmatched beauty of San Francisco combined with its riches of instantly recognizable structures and locales has attracted filmmakers from around the world for over 100 years. San Francisco has provided and continues to provide the backdrop for some of the most famous movie scenes ever filmed. It is almost impossible to traverse the sights of San Francisco without conjuring an image from a special Hollywood movie. According to some film historians, San Francisco, rather than Hollywood, should have become the capitol of the motion picture world. Motion pictures were actually invented in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
SoMa Nightlife

SoMa Nightlife

Being one of the most-visited cities in the world, San Francisco features an awesome array of nightclubs and bars for guests to the city can enjoy. A major cultural hub that includes more than its fair share of museums and art galleries, San Francisco bars and nightclubs reflect the creative and vibrant force that pervades the city. Take this Nightlife Tour in San Francisco and experience the best hot spots this cosmopolitan city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

Chinese Heritage Walking Tour

San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. It provides an astounding abundance of varied merchandise at surprising prices, a great selection of restaurants and gift shops. San Francisco's Chinatown features several amazing attractions that can be enjoyed, ranging from museums and churches, to specialty shops and restaurants. Take this walking tour to explore the main tourist attractions in Chinatown, San Francisco.

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

Gay Walking Tour

It is well known that San Francisco is the place where gay and lesbian culture flourished. While Castro District houses many of the city's gay-owned businesses and households, LGBT culture is considered a distinct part of San Francisco's identity. Use this list to explore the most visited gay attractions in San Francisco.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown Walking Tour

Japantown in San Francisco is the oldest Japanese community in the continental United States. The first Japanese immigrants came to San Francisco in the 1860s. Located in the heart of San Francisco, this six block area is a colorful, friendly community, that is home to some of the best Japanese cultural, eating and entertainment venues in the United States. Take this tour to explore most visited tourist sights of Japantown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

SoMa/Civic Center Nightlife

Home to some of the most exciting clubs and bars found the world over, the Nightlife Tour in San Francisco features a wide selection of hot spots to dance the night away. Being a major metropolitan area with a diverse community, the range of musical flavors available here is truly astounding. Whether looking for top DJs or big name music acts, or just a solid local talent spinning your favorite hits, San Francisco’s nightlife scene has it all.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km

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