Like its sister NY MOMA store, there are the newest book and creative gifts in this store on the ground floor of the must-visit museum downtown SF. My first books from here were actually gifts to me: Wasting time on the Internet and What they didn’t teach you in Photography school. You can see their collection of books here.
This bookstore in Japantown specializes in Japanese books and comics, also selling Japanese gifts (see Sushi Cat below), pens, stationery and Japanese magazines. But there are actually 75% of English books in this Japanese bookstore. And I found a great selection of Design related books here.
Ths is a legendary San Francisco based bookseller and publisher, founded in 1953 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. According to https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/may/25/san-francisco-city-lights-bookshop-beatsThe Guardian “this place had a powerful influence not only on American poetry – with the publication of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl in 1955 – but also on the American consciousness, being the nation’s most daring publisher of independent literature and an epicenter for progressive thought.”
And it is very close to where I live in SF, and I go there quite often for their Cooking section, that not only has cookbooks but fiction and non-fiction on food-related topics.
Postcards and Pins
In SF there are so many great stores that sell stationery and postcards and cute little pins with great illustrations. I especially love the Rifle Paper Co. designs and their consistency throughout their work. I haven’t seen such great selections in any store in Europe. These are my three favorite shops:
And here you can find fun pins and cards online:
Very good pins https://goodgoodpins.com/
3D Printed Lamps from Gantri
Printed in San Francisco, but designed by designers from different parts of the world, these lamps made of translucent PLA are your chance to bring something truly innovational and unique back home. I first saw these lamps on the Renegade Fair in Fort Mason, that I always attend. Besides for something looking so sharp and cool, it’s very affordable. My favorite one is the Konus, reminding me sometimes of the badminton “ball” and sometimes of half-open fan, when you look from the side.
Sushi cat or Yoga cat, you choose
If you like cats, like I do, this is your new keychain and something that will make people around you smile, when they see it. Unfortunately, you can’t choose one, as they come in a surprise box, but I was lucky enough to get the Lobster Sushi cat that I wanted. Twice…
Ostrich egg from Paxton Gate
If you like hosting dinners, I think its something original to offer to your guests after it. It is something that not many Chinese places give anymore, but they are always nice to get. Like the quotes on my Yogi tea teabags. For sure your guests will be surprised.
Butter crunch from P.O.P. Candy Co.
The same as English butter toffee, it is a dessert that is very very sweet and great with nuts and herbs. My favorite one is rosemary almond butter crunch, their bestseller. It reminds me unknown name Iranian cake that I tried when I was 6, brought to us by a family friend who traveled to Iran. This is the best butter crunch I have ever tried. You can find a store or buy them online here.