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If Santa Were an Urbanite, This Is Where He'd Shop

Ten Bay Area neighborhoods to serve all your gifting needs.

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Temescal Alley, Oakland  

For most, holiday shopping translates to snaking checkout lines, exploded clothing displays, and a soundtrack of pop Christmas carol covers. Not this year. We’ve ranked 10 of the Bay Area’s top gift-gathering blocks on a 30-point scale and selected presents for everyone on your list, from kids and spouses to hosts and bosses. Your new gift-finding strategy? A short stroll down the street.

#1—Temescal Alley
#2—Valencia Street
#3—Hayes Street
#4—Fourth Street
#5—Fillmore Street
#6—Maiden Lane
#7—Chestnut Street
#8—Grant Avenue
#9—Haight Street
#10—24th Street


Originally published in the November 2013 issue of San Francisco

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