Sometimes it’s good to keep things close to home. Molly McGrath, the artist behind the eponymously named Molly M. Designs, certainly thinks so. The short commute between her Dolores Park home and Mission-District studio in San Francisco is home to some of Molly’s favorite places—from the grocery her brother manages to the bookstore she loves to frequent. We’re all for a good walking tour, so Molly kindly offered to share all of the stops along this lovely jaunt to work. Check them out below + shop Molly M on westelm.com!

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

I live right above Dolores Park in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco with my husband Sai. Our block is typical of San Francisco – a motley assortment of charming Victorians, eyesores from the 70’s and 80’s, and cool deco apartment buildings from the 40’s/50’s. I walk to my studio in the Mission most days, and have some favorite stop-offs and sources of inspiration along the way.

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

There is a ton of ornamental iron work in SF, done mostly in the 50s/60s. Several of these gates and fences have been major design inspiration!

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

Bi-Rite Market
3639 18th Street

One of my favorite stops along the way is our local grocery store Bi-Rite. My brother is a manager there, so I love seeing him as well as ogling their produce and latest and greatest artisanal foods.

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia St

Best book store in the neighborhood, great curation!

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

Lucca Ravioli Company
1100 Valencia St

I think the same 6 guys have been working here for the past 15 years. Amazing focaccia, ravioli, meats, and cheeses.

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

Arizmendi Bakery
1268 Valencia St

A worker owned cooperative with some of the tastiest baked goods around. My favorite is the fruit scone and pizza.

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

Mira Mira
3292 22nd St

A small boutique full of treasures from independent clothing and jewelry designers. I can always find something really special here.

west elm LOCAL - San Francisco Walking Guide with Molly M

My studio is on the 3rd floor of the Wells Fargo building on one of the craziest corners in the Mission. We get amazing light, and have great neighbors in the building. And I love the neighborhood—it is amazing mashup of old and new, high, and low.

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