Coffee, Burritos and Shopping on Valencia Street with Jonathan Plotzker of Heliotrope

Jonathan Plotzker, the founder and owner of Heliotrope natural skincare, shows us Acacia, the home goods boutique he co-owns, and takes us around his Mission District neighborhood.

Acacia featuring Heliotrope Natural Skincare

A shop that is a collective, a collaboration between Acacia’s beautifully curated selection of home decor items from around the world with an eye for clean, classic design; plus Heliotrope, the Bay Area’s own all-natural skin & body care line – made only with essential oils and never any synthetic perfumes or artificial colors added. Look out for a second Heliotrope shop opening later this Summer near Oakland’s Jack London Square.

415 Valencia Street.

Four Barrel Coffee

A great cup of coffee, friendly staff, usually good art on the walls, always spinning something vinyl, a vast open space with no wi-fi and – SHHHHHH – they let me bring my dog in.

375 Valencia Street.


A beautiful, hole-in-the-wall flower shop in a converted garage on Albion Alley. Either choose your own assortment by-the-stem, or let the friendly staff put together something gorgeous for you. Really reasonably priced, too.

80 Albion Street.

Taqueria La Cumbre

The classic burrito joint, it’s been around as long as I’ve lived in SF (over 30 years), where I learned what Mission Mexican food was all about. Still going strong with a new generation in charge.

515 Valencia Street.


A great collection of mid-to-late 20th Century design for the home. Lots of cool finds, from small tchotchkes to larger furniture items, and everything in-between. Don’t miss the second floor. Also dog-friendly!

150 Valencia Street.

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