Neighborhood Profile: The Outer Sunset

Given that San Francisco occupies all of 7 miles by 7 miles it’s surprising to note just how different each neighborhood is, even when they are only separated by a few blocks (or one very large hill). We’ll be covering each neighborhood throughout the city to help you decide which ones you can’t miss during your visit to SF. First up: the Outer Sunset.

The History:

The Outer Sunset was one of the last neighborhoods in San Francisco to be developed, due to its distance from downtown and the challenge of developing on the Outer Sunset’s many sand dunes. The neighborhood gave refuge to victims of the 1906 earthquake, hosting over 5,000 “earthquake shacks,” or temporary structures set up for the city’s may homeless. A portion of the neighborhood was referred to as “Carville,” during a period of time when people lived in abandoned cable cars in the area. Between 1930 and 1950 the remaining sand dunes were broken down, and the suburb was completely filled out with homes.

The Vibe: 

The Outer Sunset’s calm is the ying to the insanity of Downtown’s yang. Stepping out of a car or the N-Judah and into the Outer Sunset you will find an almost eerie quiet, offset by the not-so-distant sound of the ocean. The neighborhood is home to families, surfers, and the people who have been living in San Francisco for so long their rent control is set at $600 per month (and thus can never leave). The Outer Sunset is the best place to go when you are in need of some peace of mind- or a piece of $4 toast.

Cool Spots: 

3 Fish Studios: This is the place to come for beautiful colorful art prints. You’ve probably already seen their most well known print- it involves a bear that really loves California.

Tuesday Tattoo: Even if you would never get a tattoo, it’s worth checking out the beautiful portfolio books for the tattoo artists who work at Tuesday.

Mollusk Surf Shop: Regardless of your ability to shred the nar, Mollusk is the place to go for hip clothing and surf-ware alike. Be sure to check out the art gallery in the back.

General Store: The Outer Sunset’s hippest boutique, come here on a sunny day and take a peek at their backyard.

Eat & Drink: 

Outerlands: Worth making a reservation in advance, Outerlands was renovated back in 2014 and is now twice the size, and extremely beautiful.

Trouble Coffee: The original home to $4 toast, Trouble is also a good place to stop if you fancy a fresh coconut.

Java Beach Cafe: Java Beach serves up some of the highest quality cafe food in the city, and they don’t skimp on portion size.

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company: New as of last February, Sunset Reservoir is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company: Two words: Cinnamon. Roll.


Sources: Wikipedia,


About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).


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