Day Trip: Outer Sunset, SF
I’ve got to dedicate the first post of this Day Trip series to Outer Sunset, San Francisco. My shop is dedicated to 48th Ave after all! This place is so special to me. Most days it’s filled with fog and locals with a sleepy beachside vibe. If you’re in San Francisco, take a day to visit Outer Sunset and follow this guide. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
First up, head over to Outerlands for a big, filling brunch. Get there early so you don't have to wait in line. I'm not a fan of lines. They're not trendy. If you do get stuck in a line, grab some coffee at Trouble next door and peruse the cute shops that line Judah. Once you're seating, order whatever you fancy and make sure to get some bread. They have the best bread in town and if you’re there early you can take a loaf home. Sometimes the baker will walk over to you with the fresh bread which always makes it a bit more special. Try as much as you can. And in all honesty, I much prefer cocktails and dinner at Outerlands (brunch is still excellent), but we have a busy day ahead - so eat up!
Golden Gate Park
Take a stroll off Judah to walk off some of that brunch! Grab some coffee at Java Beach Cafe if you’d like. You’re only two blocks away from Golden Gate Park, so go explore for a bit. Wander the dirt paths, check out the windmills, people watch - relax and enjoy the stillness of the day.
3 Fish Studios
From here take a walk back to Irving Street where you’ll come across the inviting shop, 3 Fish Studios. This fantastic printmaking shop offers original paintings and prints at affordable prices. Make sure to take home a few postcards. If you're in the area for a few weeks, sign up for one of their classes!
Now it's time for the beach. Walk down a few blocks, cross the highway safely and walk through the peaceful sand dunes. Stroll around and keep your eyes open for sand dollars and the adorable snowy plovers! Post up on the dunes, reflect, watch the tide roll in and just enjoy the serenity that the ocean brings. Don’t forget to stay for the sunset!
Well, it’s getting late. You saw the sunset and you’re ready to eat again! Time for some warm, comforting food at Thai Cottage! Warm up with some red curry, or anything else for that matter. I don’t think I’ve had anything I didn’t like. For a little people watching, sit by the window.
And there you have it. These are my favorite (hyper) local spots in the Outer Sunset. Have I missed any spots? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!