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Neighborhood Guide: What To Do in the Outer Sunset

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This sleepy, beachside neighborhood makes for the perfect getaway from city life.

Waiting for you in the Outer Sunset are rows of candy-colored bungalows, long stretches of sand and surf, and pockets of some of the coziest cafes, tastiest restaurants, and finest shops you'll find in San Francisco—east side or west.


White Cap

This November marks a breezy beginning for new cocktail bar White Cap, opened by Outer Sunset local Matt Lopez. Trade your ideas of a sand-filled surfer bar for a more grown-up beachside feel, with cozy low-lighting and open seating. // 3606 Taraval St. (Outer Sunset), whitecapsf.com

Hook Fish Co.

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Everyone has dreams of drifting off to an unpronounceable place, catching fish and living off the land—the difference is, Christian Morobito actually did it (for three months). Now, he's co-opened Hook Fish Co., where you can buy and eat seafood caught right off the Californian coast, in the form of poke burritos, trout salads, and the best fish-and-chips. // 4542 Irving St. (Outer Sunset), hookfishco.com

​Thanh Long

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The multi-million dollar An family restaurant empire (which includes The Crustacean both on Polk and in Beverly Hills, and the food truck An The Go) all started with this Outer Sunset joint, which grandmother Diana An bought back in 1971 and converted into what people call the first Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco. Generations later, the roasted crab and garlic noodles with tiger prawns are still worth the wait. // 4101 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), thanhlongsf.com

3 Fish Studios

Founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios is a light and airy printmaking studio and gallery. Named after the Galvin coat of arms—Annie is from Ireland—3 Fish Studios is the place to head not only to buy one of their iconic "I Love You California" prints, but to sign up for a printmaking class. Upon entry, be prepared to have Eric offer you an Anchor Steam from their tapped keg in the back. // 4541 Irving St. (Outer Sunset), 3fishstudios.com

Outerlands

Longtime fans of the homey, seaside American fare (hearty grilled cheese with soup for lunch, Dutch pancakes in a cast iron pan for brunch, sausage and clams for dinner) have never ceased to line up at Outerlands any time of day. Looking to brunch here on the weekend? Come early and plan to wait. Good thing the beach is mere blocks away. // 4001 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), outerlandssf.com

​Mollusk Surf Shop

With locations in San Francisco, Venice Beach, and Silver Lake, Mollusk Surf Shop has cornered the market on some of California's best waves. This is your one-stop shop for everything from wetsuits to surf boards, sunglasses to both men's and women's casual summer wear. Check out the wooden sculptures by local artist (so local that he lives right around the corner) Jay Nelson, and keep an eye on Mollusk's gallery page for updates on upcoming art shows. // 4500 Irving St. (Outer Sunset), mollusksurfshop.com

​Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove

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A verdant oasis with steep, forested slopes, Pine Lake Park is home to Pine Lake, one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco. The park's main attraction, Sigmund Stern Grove, was private land until 1932, and since 1938, has been host to a series of free musical performances from June through August. // Sloat Boulevard and Vale Avenue, sfrecpark.org

Andytown Coffee Roasters

Once only a Kickstarter dream, Andytown Coffee Roasters gives the Outer Sunset a cozy, coffee-scented nook to spend the grey afternoons in. Make sure to try to Irish soda bread, a nod to co-owner Michael McCrory's Irish roots, and the Snowy Plover, an espresso soda topped with whipped cream. // 3655 Lawton St. (Outer Sunset), andytownsf.com

General Store

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Opened in 2010, General Store carries a finely-curated mix of vintage and modern furniture, clothes, household items, jewelry, cards, and small treasures. Looking for a place to buy gifts? You'll certainly find beautiful wares for the classy, worldly women in your life. // 4035 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), shop-generalstore.com

Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club

Trouble Coffee and its owner, Giulietta Carrelli, were neighborhood staples long before the Pacific Standard Magazine story turned this tiny Outer Sunset spot into a national phenomenon (not to mention the reason for San Francisco's oft-bemoaned $4 toast). Stop in for a coffee, a coconut, a thick slice of toast slathered in peanut butter and honey, and enjoy it all in the café's driftwood-filled parklet out front. (And if you haven't read that story yet, believe us—you should take the time to do it now.) //4033 Judah Street, yelp.com

​Toyose

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Quite literally a hole in the wall—the restaurant is in a converted garage—Toyose is one of the city's best spots for late-night food and drinks. With the kitchen open until 2 am, order a feast of Korean comfort food and a pitcher of sake to go with it. // 3814 Noriega St. (Outer Sunset), toyose.org

Beachside Coffee Bar + Kitchen

The younger sister of neighborhood favorite Java Beach Café, Beachside is a perfect spot for a quick weekday lunch or lazy weekend brunch. With the addition of a full kitchen, Beachside offers up a menu of quick American fare like sandwiches, salads, burgers, and classic breakfast items. // 4300 Judah St. (Outer Sunset), beachsidesf.com

Ocean Beach

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This 3.5-mile stretch of wide sand is one of the best parts of living in the city. Almost never crowded and too far away for many tourists, on any given day you'll find the shore dotted with runners, surfers, and dogs playing off their leashes. Chill at the beach at night and have a bonfire; just show up early to nab one of the designated bonfire pits between Fulton and Lincoln Streets. // Golden Gate National Recreation Area, parksconservancy.org

​Devil's Teeth Baking Company

Since it opened three years ago, Devil's Teeth Baking Company's sweet and savory treats have proven to be the tastiest in the Outer Sunset—and among the best in the city. Get the special breakfast sandwich—two scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, avocado, and bacon on a buttermilk biscuit with lemon-garlic aioli—or head to Devil's Teeth on a Sunday morning and grab a cheddar bacon beer muffin. // 3876 Noriega St. (Outer Sunset), devilsteethbakingcompany.com

​Woodshop

It took four artists and a shared love of design and craft to create Woodshop, a workspace and showroom. From custom hardwood furnishings to high-performance wooden surfboards, Woodshop is a woodworker's dream. Contact the artists to set up an appointment to tour the showroom. // 3725 Noriega St. (Outer Sunset), woodshopsf.com

The Riptide

Built in 1941, Riptide is the Bay Area's "best little honky-tonk by the beach." The rustic brick floors, high ceilings, and pine walls will have you feeling like you're in a small mountain lodge; grab a drink, sit by the roaring fireplace, and take in the live music. Swing by on Thursdays for DIY grilled cheese sandwiches. // 3639 Taraval St. (Outer Sunset), riptidesf.com

​The Pizza Place

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What do you get when two friends from Boston move to San Francisco together for culinary school? The Pizza Place. Come to this neighborhood favorite for dinner and order a large Spicoli—"Who ordered the double cheese and sausage?"—or create your own pie from a list of more than 30 toppings. // 3901 Noriega St. (Outer Sunset), pizzaplacesf.com

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