Outer Sunset

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If you have a couple of hours in San Francisco, may I suggest a visit to and through the Outer Sunset — by far my favorite neighborhood to take out of town guests. The Outer Sunset sits in the western portion of the city, and hugs the ocean.  It’s a long distance from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the typical tourist spots of San Francisco.

The vibe is surfer chill and is dotted with great stores and restaurants. The word has gotten out, so on weekends, expect long brunch lines. Weekdays are your best bet, when the scene is dominated by locals, making it much easier to get a table at neighborhood fave Outerlands.

I’ll list a few of my must-visit spots at the end of the post, with links.

Once you’ve meandered around the neighborhood, make your way directly to Ocean Beach, just beyond HWY1. It’s ginormous, beautiful and oh-so-cold. Despite the sometimes biting winds, the views are breathtaking and it’s our family-favorite spot for sunset photos.

After visiting O.B., make your way up HWY 1 toward Sutro Baths and Land’s End and walk the trails. You won’t regret seeing this portion of San Francisco, not that there are any regrettable spots in the city.  Well, except Fisherman’s Wharf (to each his own).

If this post is helpful for your future visit, I’ll gladly share another neighborhood for the next post. Thanks for following along.


Avenues San Francisco – coffee, tea, spam musubi, avocado toast, surf and coffee gear

Case for Making – excellent art suppplies

Black Bird Bookstore – for adults and children, great backyard with plants to purchase

Hook Fish Co – love their poke and salmon cakes

Perennial Favorites

Outerlands SF

Trouble Coffee

General Store

Mollusk Surf Shop

3 Fish Studios

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