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Your Perfect Saturday of Brunch and Shopping in the Tenderloin

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San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood is home to one of the best and most lined-up-for brunches in the city: Brenda's French Soul Food. Trust us, it's worth the wait for the beignets (both sweet and savory), gumbo, fried oysters, and buttermilk pancakes, just to name a few mouth-watering menu items. After all that waiting, you will eat a lot, and the last thing you'll want to do is sit in your car or on the bus, so why not take a little tour of the 'loin,—possibly one of the last gentrification hold-outs in SF. It may be rough around the edges, but there are diamonds in the rough to be found and amazing shopping to be done. Click through to the map to follow along to spend a perfect Saturday in the Tenderloin.


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1. Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
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The brunch here is one of the best in the city, and the Brenda's has retained a spot on the Eater SF 38 for many seasons. Do not miss the chocolate beignets. And be prepared for a wait in line.

2. Handsome Oxford: Work & Play Clothes

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646 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 400-5262
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After that monster (in a good way) of a brunch, you'll want to walk it off a bit. It's about five block to this Americana Mecca, where you'll find vintage Gant, Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Filson and other American standards, all artfully arranged in this small space that uses every square inch wisely. The proprietors focus on denim and work shirts, tees, down vests and jackets for men, but we don't have to tell you it's A-OK to borrow from the boys.

3. RS94109

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835 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 590-2943
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Next up, this newly-opened vinyl record store carries everything from vintage Skinny Puppy albums to house and techno to Reggae 45s shipped straight from Jamaica. We could spend hours browsing through the expertly-curated shelves.

4. Vacation

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651 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 795-3633
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You should still be sufficiently fueled up for some serious vintage shopping, and this is a good place to do it. From Chanel to concert tees, you'll find some majorly dreamy duds here, curated by Vacation's owner Kristin Klein. Also look for John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees' art book, which Vacation published.

5. Chambers Eat + Drink

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601 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 829-2316
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Saddle up to the bar for one of their fine cocktails (the 'severance pay' perhaps?) and if you've managed to walk off that Brenda's brunch, maybe your ready for a little dessert? Go for some truffle ricotta or a chocolate terrine—and if you're ready for a proper dinner by now, you've come to the right place.

1. Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The brunch here is one of the best in the city, and the Brenda's has retained a spot on the Eater SF 38 for many seasons. Do not miss the chocolate beignets. And be prepared for a wait in line.
652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Handsome Oxford: Work & Play Clothes

646 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA 94109
After that monster (in a good way) of a brunch, you'll want to walk it off a bit. It's about five block to this Americana Mecca, where you'll find vintage Gant, Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Filson and other American standards, all artfully arranged in this small space that uses every square inch wisely. The proprietors focus on denim and work shirts, tees, down vests and jackets for men, but we don't have to tell you it's A-OK to borrow from the boys.
646 Hyde St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. RS94109

835 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Next up, this newly-opened vinyl record store carries everything from vintage Skinny Puppy albums to house and techno to Reggae 45s shipped straight from Jamaica. We could spend hours browsing through the expertly-curated shelves.
835 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Vacation

651 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
You should still be sufficiently fueled up for some serious vintage shopping, and this is a good place to do it. From Chanel to concert tees, you'll find some majorly dreamy duds here, curated by Vacation's owner Kristin Klein. Also look for John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees' art book, which Vacation published.
651 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Chambers Eat + Drink

601 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Saddle up to the bar for one of their fine cocktails (the 'severance pay' perhaps?) and if you've managed to walk off that Brenda's brunch, maybe your ready for a little dessert? Go for some truffle ricotta or a chocolate terrine—and if you're ready for a proper dinner by now, you've come to the right place.
601 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109