What Places Should Designers Visit in San Francisco?

A city fueled by innovation and makers, San Francisco has a lot to offer designers. Within its 7×7 area, you can find a wide array of places to gather inspiration or get your make on, to discover lust-worthy objects or engage in rich experiences, to indulge in artisan treats or soak in natural beauty. The Creative team at Pinterest has curated their go-to spots into a guide for designers and creatives visiting the city. We highlighted some of our favorites below.


Delight in useful, beautiful, and inspiring objects for the home at Rare Device.


Get a cup of coffee with a slice of toast at The Mill and soak in the warm and modern space.


Take a class in letterpress or bookbinding at SF Center for the Book. Or go to The Crucible to learn fire arts like blacksmithing and welding.


Explore local food and shops at Proxy, a temporary space made of old shipping containers.


Give your inner audiophile a chance to nerd out browsing beautiful speakers and trendy, high-design gadgets at Dijital Fix.


Dig through piles of materials at SCRAP before you fabricate your next project at the TechShop, a community workshop and prototyping studio.


Admire the designerly objects and furniture at
carefully curated boutique The Future Perfect.


Read up on architecture, art, urban planning, and design at William Stout Architectural Books.


Visit the de Young Museum for the art, architecture, and city views, and then go to the California Academy of Sciences for some science.


For many more spots that will make your designer-heart sing and to view them mapped out, check out this board:

Follow A Creative Guide to San Francisco on Pinterest.


Are we missing a hidden gem or have we overlooked an obvious choice? Tweet @designerfund with your favorite designerly spot in San Francisco and we’ll add it to the board!

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Thank you to the Pinterest creative team for putting together the guide and to Corina Yen for this post.

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