September 28, 2009

Polk Street, San Francisco

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photo by Donald Kinney

One block east of busy Van Ness Avenue is the lesser travelled Polk Street, packed with all sorts of interesting businesses and curiosities.

The photo is the stainless steel exterior of a restaurant on Polk.

The variety -- well, it's almost like going to the mall -- but I seriously doubt if YOUR mall has a store (for women only) with the mysterious name of Good Vibrations.   No, it isn't a music store...

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Name your poison, or go with the ubiquitous tea.

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Like I hinted, there's quite a variety of shops on Polk Street.   It's where the famous Swan's Oyster Depot is located.   You'll also find a pastry shop that is to die for, several little restaurants, no shortage of liquor stores and head-shops, a popular night-club called Red Devil Lounge, boutiques and purveyors of eastern mystical objects, and even two hardware stores if you need to do a bit of maintenance.

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Until I find out otherwise, I'm just going to assume that Camera Heaven is where good cameras go after they gasp their last breath.

Larkin Street is the next street east of Polk.

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Tomate Farcie said...

Haven't been there in ages, and long overdue for a visit. I used to live at Post and Polk, a LONG time ago. There was a European bookshop on Larkin back then, may still be there. It was one of the very few places you could get foreign press and books in the city (and back then, pre-Internet days, it mattered ;) I believe the same people used to own or (were somehow associated with) Cafe de la Presse on Bush St., ages ago.

Louise said...

GREAT photos!!!

For women only? I like to have someone with me, preferably my husband, when deciding on such merchandise!

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