A Day Out in Hayes Valley

colorful array of bags and other items in Clare V. in Hayes Valley
Courtesy of Clare V.

If you need a fashion fix, look no further than San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. This quaint little corner of the city is bustling on the weekends and offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and coffee shops (both Blue Bottle and Ritual Coffee are in the area) to keep you fueled for a day of boutique browsing. So whether you are looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe or shopping for a gift, Hayes Valley is a style maven’s dream. 

Alla Prima Lingerie & Swim
539 HAYES STREET
Luxury European lingerie lovers, this is your spot. Alla Prima offers some of Europe’s favorite brands — La Perla, Wolford, Bordelle and Fleur’t, to name a few. But the swimwear shouldn’t be overlooked; stylish one-pieces and vacation-ready bikinis await.

Buck Mason
568 HAYES STREET
One of two locations in the city, this brand specializes in modern American classics for men. Rumor has it that these may be the best tees on the market — and they are available in an array of solid colors with and without a chest pocket. And the best part? The shop is now selling women’s tees, too. 

Chez Maman West
401 GOUGH STREET
While there are many eateries in the area to choose from, we were immediately drawn to the outdoor French bistro seating, bustling crowd and quintessential French menu here. And if the wait for brunch is anything to go by, this is a favorite among locals as well. 

Clare V.
344 LINDEN STREET
Francophiles will love the chic French-inspired aesthetic of Clare V. From graphic sweatshirts to girlie dresses with cinched waists and accessories galore — this store will make you feel like you have dropped into a Parisian boutique. Don’t miss the Gjenmi Jewelry trunk show on September 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  

Earthbody Spa
534 LAGUNA STREET
A serene oasis in the middle of the bustling city, this spa is the perfect stop before or after a day of shopping (or morning of brunching). The minute you walk through the door you are transported to a quiet place of deep relaxation and healing. The focus is on massage and bodywork here, and you will not be disappointed. 

Metier
546 LAGUNA STREET
A curated collection of antique, estate and modern jewelry awaits in this jewel box of a store. From bracelets to charms and pendants to wedding and engagement rings, it’s a brilliant destination no matter the occasion. 

Oak + Fort 
567 HAYES STREET
Oak + Fort is giving us all the cool girl (and guy) vibes. Some of our favorite pieces are oversize blazers, puff-sleeve midi wrap dresses, kitten heel slides and a trench coat no closet should be without. Don’t miss the selection
of homeware items — all at irresistible prices. 

Outside Voices store
Courtesy of Outdoor Voices

Outdoor Voices
555 HAYES STREET
Taking inspiration from San Francisco teahouses, this outpost of the beloved yoga wear brand is a destination in itself. While the exterior seems a little lackluster, the interior is inspired with a plant alcove, a central, skylit bench, a built-in water feature, and coastal cabin–like fitting rooms.

Peak Design
529 HAYES STREET
This store is a commuter’s dream come true. Thoughtfully designed backpacks, messenger bags, duffels and organizational pouches are this brand’s sweet spot. Photographers will love the extensive collection of professional camera accessories.

Rails
541 HAYES STREET
Offering trendy styles for both men and women, the brand is known for its effortlessly cool pieces and high-quality fabrics. We love that all the mix-and-match separates are super comfortable yet polished enough for both a day in the office and a night out on the town. 

Reliquary
544 HAYES STREET
This store gives us all the vacation feels — flowy mix-and-match pieces in neutral tones, oversize dresses and chunky sweaters. It offers both women’s and men’s styles, and the men’s jewelry selection is oh-so-cool. Be sure to also explore the collection of vintage clothing, accessories and pieces for the home.