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Paxton Gate

824 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-1737
+1 415-824-1872
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One of My Favorite Shops in San Francisco

I can't seem to stay out of Paxton Gate for more than a few days at a time. As a resident of the... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Michael A
San Francisco, California
For the bizzare and unusual

This place is for the unusual and bizarre. Looking for a raccoon penis bone? perhaps a bat... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Toronto, Canada
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The city's smallest and most unusual retail shop.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good31%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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824 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-1737
Mission District
+1 415-824-1872
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

I can't seem to stay out of Paxton Gate for more than a few days at a time. As a resident of the Mission District, I pass this shop on Valencia St. almost everyday, and it's like a tug of war to keep walking instead...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This place is for the unusual and bizarre. Looking for a raccoon penis bone? perhaps a bat skeleton? books on curiosities? making potions? This is the place for you. Highly unusual and interesting items for unusual people in your life. Well worth the visit.

Thank MarinaCacic23
Reviewed 25 May 2016

It's weird, unnerving, bizarre ... and completely fabulous. From taxidermy items, big and small, from mice to moose, to skulls and bones, and framed insect specimens, Paxton Gate is a true treasure in The Mission. But it's not all oddities, there's also a lovely collections...More

1  Thank Samira J
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Paxton Gate provides a unique and inspiring shopping experience for any lover of botany and biology. (And those of us with off-the-wall decorating tastes.) This museum/floral shop holds my interest and inspires me for hours. And I always come away with unique gifts and treasures...More

Thank CAOrsini
Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

What a delightful, unusual, vaguely unsettling collection! I could spend hours browsing and admiring the curiosities for sale.

Thank Angellocks84
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Where do you start at this incredible, weird, freaky, awesome, scary, garden shop, gift store that's really, really odd and very cool?! Start from the moment you walk in, that's where! You can literally spend hours in Paxton Gate and still not see all the...More

Thank happy4travel
Reviewed 11 July 2015

Since I was visiting the pirate supply store next door, I continued my window shopping escapade into this nature store as it caught my eye. This is truly a unique destination. There are items in here I never saw or heard of before. For instance,...More

Thank NeoWasHere
Reviewed 23 November 2014 via mobile

A sure fix for the queer at heart. This store's got everything from taxidermied animals, bones, fossils, steampunk stuff, eccentric jewelry/paraphernalia, and the rarest plants/cacti/air bromeliads.

Thank Cielo B
Reviewed 19 October 2014

This is one of the weirdest shops in San Francisco (that I've visited), and what makes it cool is the fact that it's a cross between a nature/garden store and a gift shop. There is some weird stuff in here and very well crafted. If...More

1  Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 13 October 2014

This novelty gift shop is absolutely wonderful! There are a lot of intelligent type kid gifts and many quirky items for kids or adults. I could have stayed there for a couple of hours looking at this perfectly curated shop. I wanted to buy everything!

Thank kugali
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the
foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural
attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous
street murals and a high density of bars and cafes
make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people.
While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its
top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the
city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the
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