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Last time you hit up the Alameda Flea you were like a kid in a candy store. Now that you’ve nabbed that perfect vintage lampshade, it’s time to visit an actual candy store. Satisfy your sweet tooth at one of these adorable candy shops, all of which have different themes for the confections on offer.


If You're Going for an International Sugar High: Try The Candy Store

Old-fashioned glass candy jars line the walls of this beloved Russian Hill boutique, a favorite of none other than Martha Stewart. They carry an impeccably curated selection of sweets from around the world, plus retro goodies that will take you back to happy childhood memories. We’re fans of the sour gummies imported from Sweden (the marshmallow gummy hearts are our absolute favorite), Dutch licorice chalk and to-die-for chocolate toffee caramel balls.

1507 Vallejo St.; 415-921-8000 or


If You Need Some Eye Candy: Try Sugarfina

Neatly packaged in Sugarfina’s signature bento boxes, this is the kind of candy you gift to others (saving some for yourself, of course). Now through June, you can get your hands on limited-edition boxes designed and themed by Jonathan Adler. The Cocktail Hour collection features Sugarfina favorites like Champagne gummies, Cuba Libre gummies and “martini olive” chocolate almonds.

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If You Like Salty-Sweet Caramels: Try Miette

Miette is famous for a variety of confections--plus cakes, cookies and cupcakes--but we have a soft spot for the individually wrapped caramels. Made fresh daily with butter, cream and organic cane sugar and sprinkled with Maldon Sea Salt, they’re melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

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If You Like Old-School Sweets: Try Buttons Candy Bar

Take a trip back in time at this quaint little Noe Valley shop, which shares a space with one of the last remaining video rental stores in the city. Stock up on retro candies from your childhood, like Smarties and Dubble Bubble.

4027 24th St.; 415-970-9035 or


If You Like Taffy: Try Z. Cioccolato

This North Beach staple has barrels full of it. Fill your bag with an assortment of flavors--think mango, molasses and golden pear--and scope out other sweets, like Dum Dums, Pixy Stix and butterscotch suckers. Don’t leave without tasting a sample of homemade fudge.

474 Columbus Ave.; 415-395-9116 or


If You Like Your Fruit a Little Gummy: Try Giddy

This cute little Castro shop has all the pâte de fruit, malted milk balls and hard candies a girl could want--including sour grapefruits and licorice chews. The prices aren’t bad, either.

2299 Market St.; 415-857-4198 or

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