Luxury Shopping Destination

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera lived in Jackson Square when Rivera was commissioned to paint murals in the San Francisco Stock Exchange Luncheon Club and the California School of Fine Arts. They were divorced at the time, but ensconced in the neighborhood’s romantic charm, they decided to head to City Hall to say “I do” once again.

When you visit Jackson Square, this won’t surprise you. Its narrow, tree-lined streets and three-story brick buildings make up one of the city’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. Some of the city’s only remaining gas lamps line Jackson Place Cafe’s courtyard, and many of the buildings survived the 1906 earthquake and the massive fires that followed it. Notably, a large stash of Hotaling whiskey survived, and Hotaling Alley is the at the center of the neighborhood’s recent retail boom.

Jackson Square is bordered by Broadway, Washington Street on the south, Columbus Avenue on the west and Battery Street on the east. For the past several decades, it has mostly been known as a home design mecca, populated by art galleries, furniture showrooms,  architecture firms and graphic designers.

Until recently, it was not particularly known as a retail destination, unless you were in the market for a very expensive Persian rug or an even more expensive painting. One exception is Eden & Eden, a vintage and contemporary fashion shop that’s been at the corner of Jackson and Columbus for a decade. A few others preceeded the recent flurry of openings: Carrots, a high-end designer boutique founded by descendents of the Grimmway carrot empire shuttered in 2o14; and La Boutique, which turned on retailers to the neighborhood just in time to close its doors in 2015 after six years in business.

A shop called Pia recently opened in La Boutique’s old space. It was the latest of many 2016 openings nearby. Here’s a rundown of all the Jackson Square shops to hit up for a mall-free day of holiday shopping.