As expected, San Francisco has an abundance of gay stores selling everything from high fashion to ass-less chaps. Here’s the skinny: while shopping, tote a reusable shopping bag, hydrate before you leave your misterb&b, and for heaven’s sake, pay attention to your shoes! Fashion is dandy, but think endurance as you set off to make a frontal assault on the city’s gay shopping scene where you can forget leaving your heart in San Francisco, as long as you leave behind some cash.
Cliff’s Variety is an independent Castro throw-back located at Market and 18th. Bring home hilarious souvenirs for friends, stock up on rainbow flags for Pride, and find unknown treasures within this iconic store’s 65,000-piece inventory.
Although the city isn’t known for its fashion, Rolo on Market Street brings San Francisco high fashion brands like G-Star and Nudie Jeans under the same roof.
Mr-S-Leather is Paris couture for BDSM fetishists and those who love showing off tight tushies and hints of goodies on the flip side. Got a wild idea for a garment? Special order it from obliging in-house tailors and craftsmen.
Perhaps you’re a simpleton and just want a good plug; in which case, Does Your Mother Know has you and your butt covered! The store features a wide variety of sex toys and gag gifts.
Only in San Francisco
Gay-owned and gay-proud, Daddy’s Barbershop offers one-of-a-kind styling for your vacation clip. Check out the barbers on their website and book the daddy of your dreams: this is not your father’s barbershop!
Also, kill some time strolling the Safeway supermarket on Market and Church, dubbed "the Gayest Grocery Store on Earth". Its aisles are full of husbands and twinks in the avocados!