San Francisco is a welcoming and walkable city, with lots of family-friendly shops, parks, and attractions. There are too many to cover in one trip, but these are some of our favorite places to go if you're visiting with kids.
These places all offer unique shopping experiences, from tourist attractions to farmers markets.
Unique Toys and Home Furnishings
More than your average kids' store, these shops carry unique items, some of which appeal to grown-ups and children alike.
One of the city's largest toy stores, they have two SF locations: one at 186 West Portal Avenue and one at Two Embarcadero Center. They carry the classics — tin toys, trains, and wooden blocks — as well as action figures, bikes, and bigger toys.
Always a good place to shop for babies and kids, Giggle carries modern furniture, clothes, gear, and toys. Shop here for Dwell linens, solid wooden toys, and anything your mod baby might need. Their SF store is located at 2110 Chestnut Street (between Steiner & Pierce).
This downtown store has stuff for adults and kids alike, including toy collections from classic books like Babar, the Little Prince, and the Mr. Men series. They specialize in European "color, style, and humor," and everything they carry is well curated. Definitely worth a visit.
Well-known San Francisco destination Paxton Gate has a special shop dedicated to weird and wonderful products for kids. Located in the Mission at 766 Valencia Street, they carry fossils, science kits, craft projects, and educational games and puzzles.
826 Valencia (The Pirate Store)
This Mission District location is the original 826 store, now a national franchise of shops that support local writing programs for children. The store itself is a "pirate supply shop," where you can find Jolly Roger flags, treasure, and eye patches.
Learn and Play in Golden Gate Park
These are just a few attractions in big and beautiful Golden Gate Park, a must-see destination when you're in San Francisco.
This post was compiled from Apartment Therapy bloggers visiting and reviewing stores in San Francisco, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. To see all our Bay area listings, click here.
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