Mission District Travel Guide
Located in the Mission district, this pirate supply shop was established in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and teacher Nínive Calegari to fund the adjacent nonprofit writing and tutoring center for young students.
Siblings Danielle and Luke Teller helm the well-edited Afterlife Boutique, which carries reconstructed antique jewelry by the shop's Adoura Demode line and collectible rock-concert T-shirts priced from $45 to $1,000.
The light-filled store is a treasure hunter's dream, filled with everything from Japanese paper goods to wool blankets made on Prince Edward Island.
Those who have a ReadyMade sensibility—but lack the skills—gravitate toward this little store’s indie, locally designed clothing, accessories, jewelry, cards, and gifts.
Serious dairy lovers flock to the Mission's Bi-Rite Creamery for each day's soft-serve special (Monday, for instance, is coffee and salted caramel day), as well as hand-scooped ice creams showcasing local ingredients like Sonoma-sourced lavender and honey.
This showcase for local, cutting-edge artists relocated in fall 2009 to a soaring 4,000-square-foot gallery.
A diverse local crowd, ranging from young hipsters to multi-generational families, packs the homey, mismatched tables at this bustling corner-café/bakeshop. The atmosphere is convivial, the coffee and teas are fair trade, and the sweet pies are topped with Straus' organic whipped cream.