A guide to San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood

Hi everyone,
as some of you know, I was lucky enough to call the Sunset District in San Francisco my home for a year. And while that time happened to be one of the best in my life, I know that the Sunset District wouldn’t be the number one choice of a lot of people for living in. But living out there has its perks: Life has a completely different pace out there, everything slows down, it is an amazing spot to come down from the buzzing excitement the city gives you. Besides, there is, of course, the actual sunset, views over the beach and the golden gate bridge, and a bunch of places to go to and see:

Bars

My list here is quite short, but that doesn’t mean that there are not plenty of places to go out to for a drink, I just tried to limit myself 😉
The Riptide is an awesome small bar with casual atmosphere right next to the beach. My absolute favorite!
The Little shamrock is my first choice when I am longing for an Irish pub. It’s small, it’s cute, it has an awesome atmosphere. The best drinks: Irish coffee and White Russian.
Yancy’s saloon is another super casual sports bar. It offers free popcorn, you can play darts, and ask for dice. And they make great cocktails. If you’re brave, ask for a Bay City Bomber or an AMF 😉 An apple martini is always a safe choice.

Food

Manna: This was the place where I first tried Korean food and I am still convinced that it is also the best. The place is tiny, so be prepared to wait for a table.
Lavash is a really nice Mediterranean restaurant. It was kind of my spot for European comfort food.
Art’s cafe: this place is barely more than a whole in the wall, but it is definitely worth looking for. It has a 4.1-star rating on Yelp, which is pretty amazing for this small place I guess, and probably the worst service in the world. But getting snapped at while you’re sitting at the bar overlooking basically the whole kitchen is kind of the charm of this place. And, the has brown sandwiches will cure every hangover…
Easy Breezy is my favorite frozen yogurt store in the whole wide world. It is a family owned shop with three locations in San Francisco. The store offers organic, home made, and ever-changing flavors of frozen yogurt and just the best toppings ever. Another plus: all cups, spoons, and napkins are 100% compostable.
Crepevine: I guess this is more on the chain restaurant side, but I love it for its gluten free options especially regarding breakfast food. The waffles…

Coffee

Java beach cafe: this one is a classic for everyone living in the sunset. I like the food, the coffee, the close proximity to the beach, and the ideal environment for some work on the laptop
Henry’s House of Coffee: this was a very random discovery of mine, when I was very hungover and in desperate need of coffee and it soon became my go to coffee shop.  The best part is, Henry’s House of Coffee roasts their own coffee. However, it is definitely just a place to pick up a coffee to go or maybe to enjoy a sip in one of the chairs outside, but not for working.

Shopping

As you have probably noticed by now, the area around Ninth Avenue and Irving Street is one of my favorites. There are so many cool places to eat, drink, and of course to shop. I’m not gonna go into all the details, but if you’re into small boutiques with extraordinary things, just go and explore the area.
Ambiance: this is my favorite boutique ever. I know, they have another store in Haight and Ashbury, but this one is by far my favorite. It’s way cleaner and more organized, which makes it a lot easier to shop there.
The farmers market on ninth and Irving is not the biggest market, but you can always get fresh produce and tiny bits and pieces.
General store: You have probably heard or read about this shop before. It offers a beautiful mix of books, home goods, and clothing.

To do/ walks

The San Francisco Zoo
Golden Gate Park: I’m never sure whether to count it to the sunset or not. Regardless, the park has always something to offer, so I guess it deserves its own blog post. Have you ever been to the windmill, seen the buffalo, or taken a photo in front of the grove waterfall?
Stern grove park: I’ve never really explored the park, but I’ve always enjoyed the stern grove music festival that takes places every August and I am constantly amazed by the redwood trees.
Lake Merced: The lake used to be my primary running spot, but it’s equally fun to take a Sunday afternoon walk there as well.
Moraga Steps: they might just be my favorite spot in the whole sunset. The tiled steps at the western end of Moraga street used to be quite a secret, at least to people who don’t live in the sunset (otherwise they are clearly visible). The mosaic patterns picturing the sun, the moon, and various other aspects of Mother Nature and not just pretty to look at from up close.  As I lived right off of Moraga street,  I got to see them every day and never grew tired of looking at them. The moon is made of mirrored tiles, which changes the appearance of the whole mosaic with the change of the sun. Sure, the climb up those stairs is quite a workout, but once you’re on top of the hill in grand view park (what a giveaway), you will be rewarded with the most beautiful view over the Sunset, the beach, the golden gate park, and even the Golden Gate Bridge.
The beach: I guess this is kind of an obvious one, but being so close to the beach is probably the best part of living in the Sunset. The beach is always good for a nice afternoon picnic or a bonfire at night (there are special areas where you are allowed to have bonfires).
And here are my favorite photos, I took in the Sunset to completely convince you of the awesomeness of this district 😉
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And this one is for pinning 🙂
A guide to the San Francisco Sunset neighboorhod
Hope you enjoyed this post!
Yours,
Juliet
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