San Francisco/The Avenues

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Lush Golden Gate Park, foggy Sunset, hilly Richmond, and the steep cliffs of Lands End make up The Avenues of western San Francisco. A mostly residential area, this is where you will find one of the most ethnically-diverse populations of the city, San Francisco's main beach, charming shops and restaurants, spectacular coastline scenery, and the massive Golden Gate Park with its many gardens, lakes, pastures, and forests. The area is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Lake Street on the north, Arguello Blvd and Stanyan Street (from Lake to Frederick Street) and 7th Avenue (from Lincoln to around Golden Gate Heights Park, or about Quintara) and 19th Avenue (from Quintara to Sloat) on the east, and Sloat Blvd on the south.

The Richmond is a neighborhood bordered on the north by Lincoln Park and the Presidio, Arguello Boulevard on the east, Golden Gate Park on the south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The Richmond is divided into the eastern Inner Richmond and western Outer Richmond by CA Highway 1 (Park Presidio/13th Avenue), which runs north-south.

San Francisco's Sunset District covers a large, mostly residential area on the west side of San Francisco. It is bordered on the west by Ocean Beach, on the north by Golden Gate Park, on the south by Sloat Boulevard, and on the east by a vague boundary roughly around 7th Avenue. It was built on a grid pattern and the vast majority of the housing in the area was constructed between 1920 and 1950. Sunset is divided into the eastern Inner Sunset and the western Outer Sunset by CA Highway 1 (19th Avenue).

The Sunset's majority population is Asian-American, and this increases west of 19th Avenue in the Outer Sunset, where Chinese and Chinese-Americans make up a little bit less than 40% of residents. A sizeable Irish and Irish-American population also exists in the Sunset.

On clear days you will see many locals and tourists watching the sunset at Ocean Beach; still, the name "Sunset" is a bit of a misnomer as the area is often covered in fog due to its proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean. However, whether or not the sun is shining, it is a charming neighborhood to visit.



Sights and Activities

Golden Gate Park (between Fulton Street on the north, Lincoln Way on the south, Stanyan Street on the east and Ocean Beach on the west). 5AM-midnight. Once an area of sand dunes, Golden Gate Park is an urban oasis, roughly half a mile wide and four miles long, with windmills, bison, museums, lakes and a carousel hidden among its charms. At 1,017 acres, it is 174 acres larger than New York's Central Park, so unless you have a bike, you'll want to plan which area you want to visit, especially along the east (Stanyan Street) to west (the Ocean) axis. During the summer to October, a free shuttle bus circulates. On Sundays and holidays, JFK Drive between Transverse and Kezar is closed to vehicular traffic; this car-free zone is popular with walkers, cyclists, and runners. The number 5 trolleybus runs along the park's north boundary (Fulton Street), and offers the most frequent service across the park and to downtown. The N streetcar runs two blocks south of the park's southern boundary with similar service as the 5 bus. Free.
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., ☏ +1-415-379-8000, ✉ M-Sa 9:30AM-5PM; Su 11AM-5PM. An absolutely stunning museum and an excellent place to take the children. Among the many highlights of this museum is the building itself; ride the elevator to the top to see the Living Roof, a literal green roof and marvel of architecture with soft hills covered in grass and flowers. On the ground floor are numerous interactive science exhibits, outdoor gardens, an aviary, and towering over the massive exhibit halls is the sphere-like Planetarium on one side of the building, while the other side is overshadowed by the domed Rainforests of the World exhibit, a massive transparent dome which contains a winding pathway that takes you to the top, past towering trees and animal displays. As if all that wasn't enough, the building also contains a fantastic aquarium on the bottom floor, which showcases the more unusual sea life such as octopus, jellyfish, sea dragons, and sea stars among its displays of coral reefs, kelp forests, and tidepools. It's a big museum; be sure to give yourself at least a few hours to see it all. $34.95 adults, $29.95 seniors/students/teens, $24.95 children 4-11, free for ages 3 and under.
de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, ☏ +1-415-750-3600. Tu-Th, Sa-Su 9:30AM-5:15PM, F 9:30AM-8:45PM. A modern and ethnic art focused museum, with three levels of fascinating exhibits with contemporary and historical pieces from America as well as art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in a uniquely-designed building with courtyards and sculpture gardens. One corner of the building has a large tower which offers a lovely 360-degree view of the park and surroundings. $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students, free for 17 and under; includes same-day admission to the Legion of Honor. Special exhibits may require extra admission; first Tuesday of each month free.
Dutch Windmill (next to the Beach Chalet). Once used for park irrigation in the past, now a scenic oddity at the western end of the park. A lesser-known windmill, the Murphy Windmill, is located at the southwestern corner of the park, but is under restoration. Near the windmills is the lovely Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. Free.
Japanese Tea Garden (on Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive just north of MLK Drive), ☏ +1-415-752-4227. March–October daily 9AM-6PM, November–February daily 9AM-4:45PM. The oldest public Japanese garden in the country, with beautiful plants, ponds, bridges, and Japanese-style structures including a tea house. Tours are available every Wednesday and Sunday at 1PM starting at the main gate. $8 adults, $6 seniors/teens, $2 children 5-11, free for children 4 and under; free admission M, W, F before 10AM.
Lands End - A component of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Lands End defines the extreme northwestern corner of San Francisco, with majestic views of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge from the ocean side, and the Pacific Ocean itself. A portion of the Coastal Trail runs along the steep, rocky coastline of the area, from the Cliff House north to the Golden Gate, providing a spectacular hike with views of shipwrecks and jagged coastline. Atop the hill overlooking the coast is the famed Legion of Honor art museum, surrounded by the spacious lawns and the golf course of Lincoln Park, so named because it was the end point of the transcontinental Lincoln Highway. The #18 Muni bus terminates at the Legion of Honor museum at the center of the park, traveling south through Richmond and past Golden Gate Park, while frequent service to downtown is offered by the #38R Geary Rapid buses, which terminate at Point Lobos Avenue and 48th, next to Sutro Heights Park and right around the corner from the Lands End Lookout and the Cliff House. Drivers will want to take the El Camino del Mar Drive through the small Seacliff area on the northwest side to view some fancy mansions between Lincoln Park and the Presidio.
Legion of Honor Museum, 34th Avenue and El Camino del Mar, ☏ +1-415-750-3600. Tu-Su 9:30AM–5:15PM. Inside this building, a model of the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris, is an incredible collection of mainly European art, with works of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist periods, with art from some of the fundamental artists of their times, as well as some works from the 20th century from the likes of Picasso. One of the highlights of the collection is a collection of sculptures by Rodin, including The Thinker at the front entrance. $15 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students, 17 and under free; includes same-day admission to the de Young Museum. Special exhibits may require extra admission; first Tuesday of each month free.
Ocean Beach, along Great Highway between Point Lobos Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. A good place to walk, surf (or watch surfers), or just look at the ocean. If you're expecting a warm California beach like you saw on Baywatch, you'll be in for a surprise. The water will be chilly all year round. You won't be able to stay in the water long without a wetsuit. But if you do brave the water, be careful of riptides: the beach has an unusual riptide which claims several lives (usually tourists) each year. If you want to ocean swim, head to China Beach. Bonfires often line Ocean Beach on warmer days. Permits are legally required for bonfires (so be forewarned), but often spur of the moment bonfires happen on weekends. Local grocery stores usually sell cords of wood for this very purpose. Please remember to clean up after yourself, and don't leave any broken glass on the beach!



Events and Festivals


  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.


  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.



Getting There

By Car

Running north/south through the area and serving as the major traffic artery is Highway 1 (19th Avenue). In Sunset is another major road called Sunset Boulevard, located between 36th and 37th Avenues and running north/south from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard. On the western edge of the district is The Great Highway, which runs north/south along Ocean Beach. Geary Street is the central east/west artery through Richmond. Fulton Street runs east-west, marking the northern edge of Golden Gate Park while Lincoln Way runs east/west along the southern edge of Golden Gate Park. The southern border is marked by Sloat Boulevard which runs east/west.

By Public Transport

Richmond's central east-west artery is Geary Boulevard. Frequent bus service from downtown via Union Square is provided by the 38-Geary and the 38R-Geary Rapid buses. Even though the district only spans eight blocks from north to south, there are also parallel bus lines 1-California and 2-Clement north of Geary and lines 31-Balboa, 5-Fulton and 5R-Fulton Rapid south of Geary Boulevard.

Much of the Sunset neighborhood is accessible via the N-Judah and L-Taraval Muni Metro light rail lines. East-west bus lines through Sunset include the 23-Monterey, 48-Quintara/24th St, 66-Quintara and 7-Haight/Noreiga.

North-south bus lines which connect Richmond and Sunset through Golden Gate Park include 18-46th Ave, 28-19th Ave and 29-Sunset. Additionally, the 44-O'Shaughnessy runs up from Twin Peaks to the southeast and through Golden Gate Park past the de Young Museum, continuing up 6th Avenue into the Richmond neighborhood.




A thriving restaurant area is to be found in the Inner Sunset around 9th Avenue and Irving Street. There is also a major Asian shopping district in the Outer Sunset on Irving from 19th to 27th Avenues with restaurants, supermarkets, a Taiwanese bakery, and tapioca drink places. Another small restaurant and shopping district in the Outer Sunset is located along Noreiga Street.

In the Richmond district there is a major Asian shopping district on Clement Street from 2nd to 12th Avenues with restaurants, markets, a number of dim sum (Cantonese snacks, literally `touch-the-heart') vendors, Hong Kong style bakeries, as well as Japanese, Thai, Burmese, and Korean restaurants, and tapioca drink places. Most other ethnic cuisines are represented as well. Not many tourists here.

ABC Bakery Cafe, 2500 Noriega St (between 32nd Ave and 33rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-681-8800. 7AM-3AM daily. Hong Kong style restaurant and bakery. $4-7. edit
Arizmendi Bakery, 1331 9th Ave (between Irving St and Judah St), ☏ +1-415-566-3117. Tu-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7:30AM-6PM, Su 7:30AM-5PM. This is a great, popular co-op bakery and pizzeria. One kind of pizza per day, which is almost always delicious. The bakery includes traditional items like muffins, scones, and crumb cake (in a home-made style) as well as off-beat items like "chocolate things."
Art's Cafe, 747 Irving St (between 8th and 9th), ☏ +1-415-665-7440. Tu-F 7AM-3PM, Sa 7AM-4PM, Su 7:30AM-3:30PM. Tiny traditional diner with some Korean specials. $4-7.
Bashful Bull Too, 3600 Taraval St (at 46th Ave), ☏ +1-415-759-8112. Chicken-fried steak with country gravy and American breakfast standards: It's the last full breakfast before the Pacific. $5–15.
Chabaa Thai Cuisine, 2123 Irving St (between 22nd Ave and 23rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-753-3347. 11AM-1AM daily.
Cheung Hing Chinese Restaurant, 2339 Noriega St (between 30th Ave and 31st Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-3271. Cantonese BBQ classics and the best roast duck in the city. $4–7.
Gordo's. 10AM-10PM daily. Cheap, reliable, rapid burritos and tacos. 2252 Clement St (between 23rd and 24th), ☏ +1-415-387-4484. 5450 Geary Blvd (between 18th and 19th), ☏ +1-415-668-8226. 1239 9th Ave (between Lincoln and Irving near Golden Gate Park), ☏ +1-415-566-6011.
Howard's, 1309 9th Ave (between Irving St and Judah St), ☏ +1-415-564-4723. M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 8AM-3PM. Awesome breakfasts.
Joe's Ice Cream, 5420 Geary Blvd (between 18th Ave and 19th), ☏ +1-415-751-1950. Su, Tu-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, closed Mondays (grill closes at 9PM). A classic American ice cream parlor with an Asian twist.
Kawika's Ocean Beach Deli, 734 La Playa St (Half a block N of Safeway), ☏ +1-415-221-2031. 8AM-7:30PM daily. A small, friendly full-service deli with sandwiches and desserts and drinks from around the world. Veggie-friendly. $15 and under.
Khan Toke Thai House, 5937 Geary Blvd (between 23rd and 24th), ☏ +1-415-668-6654. An excellent and reasonably priced Thai restaurant with much better ambiance than your average Thai place.
King of Thai Noodle House. Cheap and consistently good. 639 Clement St (between 7th and 8th), ☏ +1-415-752-5198. 346 Clement St (between 4th and 5th), ☏ +1-415-831-9953.
Le Soleil, 133 Clement St (between 3rd and 4th Avenues), ☏ +1-415-668-4848. Su-M 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM. Gourmet Vietnamese cuisine. Try the soft shell crabs and the appetizer platter - yum!
Ming Tai Wun-Tun Noodle, 2455 Noriega St (between 31st Ave and 32nd Ave), ☏ +1-415-681-0430. Huge shrimp wontons/shui gow/shrimp dumplings.
Pho Hoa Hiep, 239 Clement St (at 4th Ave), ☏ +1-415-379-9008. 10AM-10PM daily. Super-cheap Vietnamese pho and sandwiches.
Pho Phu Quoc (PPQ Beef), 1816 Irving St (between 19th and 20th Ave), ☏ +1-415-661-8869. M-Sa 10:30AM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-10:30PM. Recently renovated neighborhood favorite. Savory and affordable Vietnamese dishes in a crowded, bustling atmosphere. Excellent rice and noodle dishes.
Polly Ann Ice Cream, 3138 Noriega St (between 38th Ave and 39th Ave), ☏ +1-415-664-2472. Boasts a collection of over FIVE HUNDRED homemade flavors. Fifty-four flavors are available daily.
Quan Ngon, 2511 Noriega St (between 32nd and 33rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-566-3275. Northern Vietnamese.
Sunrise Deli and Cafe, 2115 Irving St (between 22nd Ave and 23rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-664-8210. M-Sa 9AM-7PM, Su 10AM-5PM. Awesome falafel. $6-10.
Taiwan Restaurant, 445 Clement St (at 6th Ave), ☏ +1-415-387-1789. Famous for their dumplings. Cheap.
Toy Boat Dessert Cafe, 401 Clement St (at 5th), ☏ +1-415-751-7505. M-Th 7:30AM-11PM, F-Sa 8:30AM-midngiht, Su 8:30AM-11PM. Filled with vintage toys and a lively atmosphere, this fun restaurant serves ice cream, cakes, tortes, muffins and more. You can grab a breakfast or lunch there, but really just come for the treats.
Underdog, 1634 Irving St (between 17th Ave and 18th Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-8881. 11:30AM-9PM daily. Great menu with several varieties of both meat- and veggie-based hot dogs, with an emphasis on local, organic ingredients. Super-friendly staff and a great atmosphere. In a very tiny space, with only a couple tables.
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, 1000 Great Hwy (on the western side of Golden Gate Park south of Fulton St), ☏ +1-415-386-8439. Su-Th 9AM-10PM, F-Sa 9AM-11PM. Brewery and restaurant featuring live music, American bistro cuisine, hand crafted ales, and a panoramic view of the ocean.
Burma Superstar, 309 Clement St (at 4th Ave), ☏ +1-415-387-2147. Su-Th 11AM-3:30PM, 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-3:30PM, 5PM-10PM. Outstanding Burmese restaurant that draws people from all over the city. Get there early; it will be crowded - the line will be huge.
Clement Street Bar & Grill, 708 Clement St (at 8th Ave), ☏ +1-415-386-2200. Tu-Th 4:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-10PM, Su 10AM-3PM, 4:30PM-9PM. Traditional American food in a casual environment. A popular spot for weekend brunch. $8-25.
Crepevine, 624 Irving St (between 9th Ave and 10th Ave), ☏ +1-415-681-5858. M-Sa 7:30AM-11PM, Su 7:30AM-10PM. A laid back California-style eatery with a largely Brazilian staff. Scrambles, omelettes, sandwiches, soups, and, of course, crêpes, fill the chalkboard menu. The chicken vegetable soup is a favorite. Free refills on coffee. No reservations necessary.
Ebisu, 1283 9th Ave (between Irving St and Lincoln Way), ☏ +1-415-566-1770. M-Th 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-2PM, 5PM-11PM, Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Often cited as the best sushi on the West Coast of the United States. $10-16.
Giorgio's Pizza, 151 Clement St (at 3rd), ☏ +1-415-668-1266. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Fun Family style pizza and Italian restaurant. Great authentic Italian pizza and pasta dishes in a warm and cozy environment. Can get busy during peak dinner hours, also has pizza by the slice for fast take-out.
Golden Gate Pizza, 1388 46th Ave (at Judah St), ☏ +1-415-564-5514. 11:30AM-11PM daily. Italian and Indian favorites, delivery available.
Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant, 2578 Noriega St (between 32nd Ave and 33rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-8338. Sit-down dim sum. $6–16.
Mandalay Restaurant, 4348 California St (at 6th Ave one block north of Clement), ☏ +1-415-386-3895. M-Th 11:30AM-9:30PM (closed 3:30PM-5PM), F 11:30AM-10PM (closed 3:30PM-5PM), Sa-Su 11:30AM-10PM. Burmese/Chinese, a friendly, local favorite. $9-12.
Marnee Thai. 11:30AM-10PM daily. $6-12. 1243 9th Ave (between Irving St and Lincoln Way), ☏ +1-415-731-9999. 2225 Irving St (between 23rd Ave and 24th Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-9500.
New Eritrea, 907 Irving St (between 9th Ave and 10th Ave), ☏ +1-415-681-1288. Tu-Th 5PM-10:30PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-10PM. Huge platters of Eritrean (Ethiopian) food are served up here, along with native beers and lots of Injera bread. Portions are not for the timid. The staff is very friendly. Don't miss the sauteed mushrooms. $7-10.
Nizario's Pizza, 3840 Geary Blvd (at 3rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-7777. Sa-Th 11AM-2AM, F 3PM-2AM. Pizza by the slice.
Park Chow, 1240 9th Ave (between Irving St and Lincoln Way), ☏ +1-415-665-9912. Su-Th 8AM-10PM, F-Sa 8AM-11PM. Eclectic menu, all delicious; busy on any given night. Whether in the mood for a hamburger, thai noodles, or a portobello sandwich, this place has it, which is good for when friends cannot decide on what to eat. Heated outdoor seating when it's not raining. Bar seating also. Has a sister restaurant in the Castro District.
San Tung, 1031 Irving St (between 11th Ave and 12th Ave), ☏ +1-415-242-0828. Th-Tu 11AM-9:30PM. Lines form down the block to eat at this dumpling house.
Schubert's Bakery, 521 Clement St (at 7th Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-1580. M-Sa 7AM-6PM, Su 9AM-5PM. Cakes, pastries, cookies, and more; first opened in 1911 by a German immigrant.
Spices, 294 8th Ave (at Clement Street), ☏ +1-415-752-8884. 11AM-9:45PM daily. One of the best and most popular Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood. Try one of the many varieties of "stinky tofu", a popular street food in Taiwan. The name identifies the dominant flavor.
Tay Giang Restaurant, 2543 Noriega St (between 32nd Ave and 33rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-682-8886. A great Vietnamese restaurant with an extensive menu. $5–15.
Ton Kiang, 5821 Geary Blvd (at 22nd Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-4440. M-Th 10AM-9PM, F 10AM-9:30PM, Sa 9:30AM-9:30PM, Su 9AM-9PM. Arguably the best dim sum outside of Chinatown, this restaurant serves moderately priced Hakka cuisine, but make sure to go there between the hours of 10AM and 4PM where they serve a traditional dim sum with servers that walk around and proffer dishes and tea. Make sure to come early on the weekends, as many locals and tourists line up to have a dim sum lunch. $10-24.
Troya, 349 Clement St (at 5th Ave), ☏ +1-415-379-6000. M-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F-Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-9PM. Turkish/Mediterranean cafe with occasional live music and some outdoor seating.
Aziza, 5800 Geary Blvd (at 22nd Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-2222. W-M 5:30PM-10:30PM. Unique Moroccan cuisine made with local organic ingredients. Reservations recommended. $15-25.
Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos, ☏ +1-415-386-3330. 11:30AM-3:30PM, 5PM-9:30PM daily (bistro open 9AM-9:30PM daily). At the far end of the Outer Richmond, overlooking the ocean, with a great restaurant (Sutro's) and a more informal bistro. Ideal to watch a sunset or a fogbank over the Pacific Ocean. Reservations strongly recommended for Sutro's. $20-40 (bistro: $15-28).
Thanh Long, 4101 Judah St (between 46th Ave and 47th Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-1146. Su, Tu-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-11PM. Vietnamese restaurant featuring roasted crab. Dinner only. $10-25.
4th and Geary Farmer's Market, 3931 Geary Blvd (at 4th), ☏ +1-415-831-1067. Inexpensive fresh fruits and vegetables, and a decent selection of your basic grocery needs which might not be covered as well by the local Asian groceries. Only takes cash and check.
New May Wah Supermarket, 707 Clement St (at 8th), ☏ +1-415-221-9826. 7:30AM-7:30PM daily. Huge (compared to others in the area) authentic Chinese supermarket. They have just about everything.
Safeway. A large chain grocery store with a decent selection. The one on Noriega Street has a parking lot on top. The one on La Playa Street is one of the largest Safeway stores in San Francisco proper -- Don't go there on a Sunday evening, as they only get deliveries on weekdays, and often the beach crowds will deplete inventory until restocking on Monday morning. A nice tip is to get to Ocean Beach, and get a picnic of your choice at the Safeway, then go enjoy it at the beach. 735 7th Ave (between Cabrillo and Fulton), ☏ +1-415-752-4073. 2350 Noriega St (between 30th Ave and 31st Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-4565. 850 La Playa St (right by Ocean Beach), ☏ +1-415-387-4664.
Village Market, 4555 California St (at 8th), ☏ +1-415-221-0445. Small, inviting food market featuring organic produce, wine, beer, and coffee to-go.




Blue Danube, 306 Clement St (at 4th Ave), ☏ +1-415-221-9041. M-Th, Su 7AM-10PM, F-Sa 7AM-11PM. Small coffee shop with good sandwiches and a few sidewalk tables. Computers and paid wi-fi available. Cash only.
Henry's House of Coffee, 1618 Noriega St (between 23rd Ave and 24th Ave), ☏ +1-415-681-9363. A good local coffee shop.
Java Beach Cafe, 1396 La Playa St (at Judah St), ☏ +1-415-665-5282. M-F 5:30AM-10PM, Sa-Su 6AM-10PM. Offers coffee, beer and wine, pastries, sandwiches, and the like. Outdoor seating, as well as tables, chairs and couches inside. You will find both locals and tourists filling the chairs on any given night.
Royal Ground Coffee. Local chain serving good coffee and sandwiches. 5301 Geary Blvd (at 17th Ave), ☏ +1-415-751-5282. 2342 Clement St (between 24th and 25th), ☏ +1-415-387-5282.
Simple Pleasures, 3434 Balboa St (at 36th Ave), ☏ +1-415-387-4022. Small, crowded cafe with very rich coffee and decent snacks, but the reason to go here are the plethora of San Francisco locals who come to hang out and chat. It's a great place to strike up a conversation with someone who you just met, and on weekend evenings they have free live jazz to boot, call them for dates/times.
Andytown Coffee Roasters (Andytown), 3655 Lawton St, 94122, ☏ +1 415 753-9775. 7am - 5pm. Andytown is a hipster coffee shop with great coffee, tea, and irish pastries and soda bread. Their signature drink is the sand piper, which is espresso, soda water, and whipped cream. There is always a long line, but it's worth the wait.
540 Club, 540 Clement St (at 7th Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-7276. 10AM-2AM daily. Friendly bar with cool art, above-average beer selection, free wi-fi, and a great Sunday trivia night.
The Bitter End, 441 Clement St (at 6th Ave), ☏ +1-415-221-9538. M-F 3PM-2AM, Sa-Su 10AM-2AM. Two-level Irish bar with billiards, darts, pub food, and Tuesday night trivia.
Durty Nelly's, 2328 Irving St (between 24th Ave and 25th Ave), ☏ +1-415-664-2555. 11AM-2AM daily. One of the last authentic Irish pubs in the city, from the fantastic bar food to the Irish laborers that drink there every night.
Eagle's Drift In Lounge, 1232 Noriega St (between 19th Ave and 20th Ave), ☏ +1-415-661-0166. A real dive bar. Stiff drinks, dartboards, and one pool table.
The Little Shamrock, 807 Lincoln Way (between 9th Ave and 10th Ave), ☏ +1-415-661-0060. M-Th 3PM-2AM, F 2PM-2AM, Sa-Su 1PM-2AM. The oldest Irish pub in San Francisco. Here you will find free popcorn for patrons, a few TVs tuned into all manner of sports, eclectic but cozy furniture, a shelf full of games at the back, and a fireplace. With very kind bartenders (and regulars), the Little Shamrock feels like a safe cozy den on any weeknight.
Park Chalet, 1000 Great Hwy (at John F Kennedy Dr), ☏ +1-415-386-8439. A pleasant bar with outdoor seating next to Golden Gate park and offering delicious appetizers. Adjacent to the Beach Chalet restaurant.
Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Company, 823 Clement St, ☏ +1-415-386-6000. Su-W 11AM-Midnight, Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. Popular microbrewery serving California-style pizza. edit
The Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St (at 2nd Ave), ☏ +1-415-751-1122. M-Th 3PM-2AM, F-Sa 2PM-2AM. One of the best Irish bars in San Francisco. Traditional live music almost every night. edit
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant, 5929 Geary Blvd (at 23rd Ave), ☏ +1-415-387-4747. W-M Noon-11PM. Self-proclaimed "Premier Tequila Bar on Earth". A must-visit for tequila and margarita enthusiasts. Arrive early to avoid the (drunken) crowd.
Trad'r Sam, 6150 Geary Blvd (at 26th Ave), ☏ +1-415-221-0773. Popular tiki bar featuring specialty blender drinks. Gets loud and crowded on weekends.
Yancy's Saloon, 734 Irving St (between 8th Ave and 9th Ave), ☏ +1-415-665-6551. Lots of seating (wooden tables & chairs), with darts at the back, and also several large screen TVs. They have a nice happy hour (which many grad students from UCSF take advantage of).




The Moffatt House, 1401 7th Ave (at Judah), ☏ +1-415-661-6210, ✉ Reasonably inexpensive B&B lodging. $73+.
Great Highway Inn, 1234 Great Hwy (right next to Ocean Beach and the N-Judah line), ☏ +1-415-731-6644, ✉ A no-frills motel across the street from the beach. $125–$155.
Geary Parkway Motel, 4750 Geary Blvd (at 12th Ave), ☏ +1-415-752-4406. This former dive has been completely remodeled with clean rooms, nice televisions, microwaves, blowdryers, irons, and mini fridges. Reasonable prices, safe and neat - the owners have put a lot of effort into making this motel quiet and nice.
Seal Rock Inn, 545 Point Lobos Ave (between 47th and 48th), ☏ +1-415-752-8000, fax: +1-415-752-6034. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 11AM. Front Desk hours: 7:30AM-11PM. Nestled at the westernmost edge of the city overlooking The Cliff House and The Sutro Baths' ruins, this hotel has a small pool, volleyball court, and restaurant. You're a bit out of the way from downtown (about a 30 minute drive/bus), but a great location for someone who enjoys San Francisco's nature, or who will be heading to Marin or down to the peninsula, as you are on the other side of most of the clogged commuting routes. $114-152 Summer, $99-137 Winter.
Days Inn at the Beach, 2600 Sloat Blvd (at 44th), ☏ +1-415-665-9000, fax: +1-415-665-5440. Your typical Days Inn; across the street from the zoo. $125–160.
Ocean Park Motel, 2690 46th Ave (at Wawona), ☏ +1-415-566-7020, fax: +1-415-665-8959, ✉ 1930s 'Art Deco' motel. Just a short stroll to the beach and San Francisco Zoo. $100+.
Robert's-at-the-Beach-Motel, 2828 Sloat Blvd (at 46th Ave), ☏ +1-415-564-2610, fax: +1-415-681-1376. A dive motel, but if you're desperate for a cheap place to stay, it's across the street from the zoo and right next to the MUNI Metro line. $65+.



Keep Connected


There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.


See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.


The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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