If your mood needs a boost, this is your boutique for happy, colorful, fun, and always stylish duds. You'll find Australian brand Suboo, Peppina druzy jewelry by Jen Hansena, and lots more international and domestic, hard-to-find brands.
Be prepared to fall in love with everything the owners of this place have chosen for your shopping pleasure. They carry hard-to-find and in-demand brands including Margiela, Fiorentini + Baker, Elizabeth + James, Equipment, Isabel Marant, Joie, J Brand, and Rag & Bone.
If you'd like to take home some Texas souvenirs and would like to not feel embarrassed by them when you return to SF, this is your place. They sell cute Texas tanks, jewelry, and all sorts of made-in-Texas clothing and home goods.
Blackmail is a design studio where designers create all of their clothing in house. Everything they make is black, so, they say, you can focus on the texture and quality of the fabric without being distracted by all that color. So get your goth on and head over to the oldest building on South Congress.
Be prepared to spend a a significant amount of time in this place. Around every corner is a perfectly arranged vignette of adorable, unique things, too many of which you'll want to take home. From old school (literally) grammar flash cards to chandeliers to giant metal letters, it's an interior design junkie's dream.
This place was recently named the best vintage shop in the country by Elle magazine, and it will not disappoint. It's beautifully organized and curated but still affordable. Also look for jewelry from Pamela Love and Maniamania.