Sunny Walker’s San Francisco

The owner of Painted Bird, a vintage clothing boutique, on where to eat, shop and dance in her hometown.


In 2011, Sunny Walker and her boyfriend Nate opened Painted Bird in San Francisco’s the Mission. Today, they own two stores – the second is in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake – and can boast of a cult following in the West Coast. Although their quest for perfect second-hand pieces often takes them around the country, and the world, Walker is a true Bay Area girl.

Tell me about your neighborhood: Changing, a lot!

Describe San Francisco in three words: Cold and pensive.

Your top 5 places in the city: Tofu House, Dolores Park, Paxton Gate, Chez Maman, Alameda Flea Market.

Favorite clothing stores: Community Thrift Store.

Best coffee in the city: Trouble Coffee.

Best ice cream in the city: Bi-Rite.

Local delicacy you can’t live without: Cioppino.

Best place for a date night: Esperpento.

Perfect place for a (late) night out: Make Out Room when Primo is DJing.

And to recover the next day: Pho at Jasmine Garden. The bun bo hue is my favorite.

Favorite local gallery or artist: 2nd Floor Projects.

Best place to find inspiration: Muir Woods.