Best Flea Market - 2006
Alemany Flea Market
We're always hesitant to draw attention to Bernal Heights: For all its marketable charm, the neighborhood remains oddly quaint and unhyped. Its weekly flea market, however, is too great to keep secret. Unfortunately, for you Saturday-night-owls, you must hit the market by 11 a.m. (it runs every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to get the good stuff. The spread is small and select, and the treasures disappear fast. Once you're there with cash in hand (ATMs are scarce in the vicinity), don't expect any fake Louis Vuitton wallets; this place is more about amazing antique furniture priced to move, great vintage clothes at decent rates, and plenty of oddball cultural ephemera. If you're looking to satisfy all your senses, the flower and food stands are also first-rate.