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Modern Guide to the Inner Richmond: Cheap Eats + Park Life

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Once written off as the "outside lands," today's Inner Richmond has all the making of the next hip San Francisco neighborhood—even if its residents might like to keep that a secret.

Delicious, cheap eats abound; Asian markets promise a diverse shopping experience; and proximity to Golden Gate Park and the Presidio are major plus. Get to know what some call SF's real Chinatown (in other words, don't miss the dim sum).



Restaurants & Bars in San Francisco's Inner Richmond

Restaurants

For more than 40 years, Inner Richmond locals have been kicking off weekends with breakfast at Eats (50 Clement St.), a just-right spot to fuel up on chicken and waffles, acai bowls, or spinach portobello Benedicts before a hike in the Presidio. // Plant-based cafe Nourish (189 6th Ave.) serves up grain bowls, organic smoothies, quinoa waffles, toasts, and GF wraps. // With multiple Bay Area locations, KoJa Kitchen's (343 Clement St.) Clement Street outpost is the place to go for Korean-Japanese fusion that won't break the bank—grab a signature barbecue meat sandwich on a fried garlic rice bun for about $10. // Inner Richmond institution Good Luck Dim Sum (736 Clement St.) has an astounding variety of baked and steamed dumplings for less than $1 a piece. // Get a big bowl of crab pho or a crispy duck bahn mi sandwich for under $10 at Cafe Bunn Mi (417 Clement St). Cash only, folks. // Red-and-white checkered tablecloths and red vinyl booths set the tone at family-owned Italian restaurant Giorgio's (151 Clement St.). // Burma Superstar's (309 Clement St.) tea leaf salad is a neighborhood headliner; the Burmese flavors are worth the wait in line. // Prefer not to wait? A few blocks over, sister restaurant B Star Bar (127 Clement St.), serves some of the same favorites alongside more fusion dishes. // Chapeau (126 Clement St.) is known for consistent, classic French cuisine and great hospitality. Go for the early bird special: a three-course menu for just $45, Sunday through Thursday 5 to 6pm. // Be sure to make a reservation at the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Wako (211 Clement St.) for fresh omakase in an intimate setting. // Sate your cravings for yakitori and ramen at Halu (312 8th Ave.). // Opened in 2017, Heritage Restaurant & Bar (708 Clement St.) serves seasonal California cuisine, cocktails, and Sunday brunch. // If you're in the mood for Mediterranean, head to Kitchen Istanbul (349 Clement St.) to share a few meze plates and kebabs among friends.

Coffee & Sweets

Fifty/Fifty (3157 Geary Blvd.) is a cute cafe serving Ritual Coffee plus tea lattes and tapioca drinks. // The atmosphere is always chill at Blue Danube Coffee House (306 Clement St.). While reading, writing, working, playing cards, or meeting with friends, enjoy some Mexican hot chocolate or a solid chicken sandwich. // If you're looking to grab a quick breakfast—think avocado toast or a breakfast burrito—before heading to nearby Golden Gate Park, be sure to stop at The Velo Rouge Cafe (798 Arguello Blvd.). // Line up for the famous, freshly baked croissants at Arsicault Bakery (397 Arguello Blvd). // Get your pirogi fix in at Cinderella Russian Bakery (436 Balboa St.), which has been serving the pastries alongside such Russian specialties as borscht and piroshki since 1953. // With offerings from cupcakes to twinkies, Pretty Please Bakery (291 3rd Ave.) is a buttery, carb-loaded heaven sure to satisfy your sugar cravings. // Bad for your teeth but good for your soul, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe (401 Clement St.) makes our inner kid giggle with PEZ dispensers, pies, rainbow cones, milkshakes and more.

Bars

540 Club (540 Clement St.) fills up quickly on Monday nights thanks to dollar drinks; the laidback bartenders are always good for a chit-chat. // Grab a pint and enjoy live Celtic music at mainstay Irish bar, The Plough and Stars (116 Clement St.). // Trivia night, darts, and billiards make The Bitter End (441 Clement St.) a fun hangout after a busy day. // With plenty of pours plus bar bites in a modern setting, neighborhood wine bar High Treason (443 Clement St.) is the perfect spot for a date or to catch up with a friend. // Stop by Richmond Republic Draught House (642 Clement St.) for bottomless mimosas on Saturdays or Wing Wednesdays. If you live in the area, join their Mug Club for $150 dollars and get free beer on Tuesdays, happy hour prices all the time, and more.

Inner Richmond Neighborhood Shops

Home to a carefully curated collection of women's and men's clothes, accessories, housewares and gifts, Seedstore (212 Clement St.) is your go-to for independent designers and local artists. // Browse the thoughtfully sourced collection of design objets, art, paper goods, T-shirts, and occasional exhibits at Park Life (220 Clement St.). // If you're in search of the perfect gift be sure to stop at Foggy Notion (124 Clement St.) for environmentally conscious skincare, fragrances, ceramics, and jewelry from local artisans, as well as handmade bags by owner Alissa Anderson. // Yonder Shop (701 11th Ave.) offers a curated selection of ceramics and knickknacks from around the globe. The space doubles as a ceramic studio—take a workshop with owner Linda Fahey. // Shopping for the little one in your life? With whimsical toys in a retro space, Tantrum (248 Clement St.) is a must. // Crammed with new and vintage tomes, Green Apple Books (506 Clement St.) is a bookworm's paradise. Be prepared to lose track of the time. // Find the fiddle leaf fig of your dreams at Sloat Garden Center (327 3rd Ave.), along with more affordable plants to make your home greener. // Jazz up your kitchen shelves with affordable tableware and kitchen stuff at Kamei Restaurant Supply (525 Clement St.). // Tea connoisseurs will love neighborhood gem Aroma Tea Shop (302 6th Ave.). Enjoy a piping hot cup and sample the endless loose leaf teas on offer before leaving with a couple varieties recommended by the expert employees.

Things to Do in SF's Inner Richmond

Parks + Outdoors

Bordered by Golden Gate Park and The PresidioSan Francisco's largest and most beautiful natural areas—the Inner Richmond is a prime jumping-off point for outdoor activities. In the Presidio, go for a walk down Lover's Lane or time your visit with one of Off the Grid's legendary food truck picnics (Sundays, April through October). In Golden Gate Park, rent a boat on Stow Lake; peer into the Bison Paddock; and catch the psychedelic light show known as "Photosynthesis" at Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F. Kennedy Dr.). // If you're looking for a leisurely Sunday morning activity, pick up some fresh produce at the weekly Clement Street Farmers Market (200 Clement St.).

Museums

Foggy day? Enlighten your mind at the de Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park), where upcoming exhibits include Ed Hardy: Deeper Than Skin (July 13 through Oct. 6) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963–1983 (Nov. 9 through March 20, 2020). // California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park) is fun for the whole family, with a living roof, aquarium, planetarium, and adults-only NightLife events.

Fitness

In need of an indoor workout? Active Pilates (9 Clement St.) offers small group and private Gyrotonic and reformer classes. // Yogis will love the many Vinyasa and Hatha flow classes at Yoga Tree (182 6th Ave.).


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