Haight Street, in the area known best as Haight-Ashbury, provides a rich and eclectic shopping experience.
Also known as "The Haight", the area is famous for the 1960s counter-culture movement, with hippies, beatniks and contemporaries galore. Haight maintains that distinct flavor today, making it San Francisco's hub for things outside the mainstream.
Most notable on Haight Street is the collection of independent bookstores. Browse the cluttered racks of San Francisco's independently-owned stores and explore the horde of second-hand political and cultural literature. These stores, with their bohemian ambiance, are also a great place to pick up "zines" and independently published works.
Amoeba Music is a popular spot, most notable for its size as it occupies the space of a former bowling alley. Its stock exceeds 100,000 CDs, audio cassettes and sought-after vinyl records, both new and used. If you are more of a movie buff, they also stock DVD and VHS, as well as posters and own-brand merchandise. Covering a delectable palette of genres and artists, Amoeba is a must for all music aficionados.
If fashion is your style, Haight is bursting with variety. Vintage stores, period boutiques, and more upscale non-highstreet stores are excellent places to try something new or a little different.
Many other specialty stores line the streets, including head shops, dress-up stores, bath and body, sports and fitness, and imported fabrics, and henna tattoo parlors. For a comprehensive list of stores, go to: www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/haight/