The Quiet Side of San Francisco

This post is sponsored by & Other Stories.

The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.

I live less than an hour south of San Francisco, but in all honesty I don’t get to spend a lot of free time there. I’m always going up for work events and meetings, but it’s rare that I get to go up for a day of fun. When I do, it’s usually in the Summer and it’s spent on the quiet side of San Francisco, the beach side! Today I’ve partnered with & Other Stories. to share a little bit of my adventure there with my friend Elisabeth and a few of my favorites in that area.

The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.

Wearing Wide brim straw hat, round sunglasses (similar), V-neck swimsuitRaw edge cut off denim shorts, gray sweater (similar), X slide sandals (similar), Zipper tote(similar).

Eat

Food on this side of the city isn’t as plentiful as it is in the denser area, but it is just as delicious.

Andytown Coffee Roasters
3655 Lawton Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Specialty coffee in a cozy and warm environment. 

Cliff House
1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121
Ocean views abound at this casual upscale eatery on the coastline.

Hook Fish Co. 
4542 Irving Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Thoughtfully sourced seafood in a beautiful setting. 

Judahlicious
3906 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Delicious raw & vegan fare. Don’t miss the açai waffles!

Outerlands
4001 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Locally sourced, organic fare served in a handcrafted setting. Great for brunch!

Park Chow
1240 9th Avenue, San Francisco, California 94122
A little farther inland, kid-friendly restaurant serving organic American staples.

Thanh Long
4101 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Hip & healthy Vietnamese Restaurant

The Yellow Submarine
503 Irving Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Simple sandwich shop recommended by my friends over at Brit + Whit.

Trouble Coffee
4033 Judah St, San Francisco, California 94122
Having been to their Oakland location as well, I can say this coffee is perfection.

The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.

Wearing Mirror sunglasses (similar), trench coat (similar), Cami strap cupro dress, leather tote (similar), white sneakers (similar).

See

There is so much to see and do in this area from beaches to ruins and hiking. It’s really one of my favorites!

Ocean Beach
The Great Highway, San Francisco, California 94122
A 3.5 mile long beach spans the western coast of San Francisco.

Sutro Bath’s
1004 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121
These ruins of a 1896 public bathhouse once held seven saltwater swimming pools.

Land’s End
680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121
The uppermost north-west corner of San Francisco filled with natural wonders and hiking trails.

Baker Beach
San Francisco, California
Public beach just west of the Golden Gate bride in San Francisco.

Seal Rock
1090 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, California 94121
These rocks jut out of the water just west of the famous Cliff House on San Francisco’s coastline.

Kirby Cove
948 Fort Barry, Sausalito, California 94965
This is a little field trip hike across the Golden Gate from SF but worth it for the views.

The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.
The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods. The Quiet Side of San Francisco, a guide to San Francisco's Outer Sunset, Outer Richmond, and Land's End neighborhoods.

Wearing round sunglasses (similar), leather jacket (similar), Tie-dye slip dress, Ankle strap heeled sandal.

Shop

Though these are few and far between in this area, the ones you do find are real gems.

Aqua Surf Shop
3847 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Surfboards, gear, apparel, & yoga classes.

General Store
4035 Judah Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Books, clothing, and artisanal housewares & furniture.

3 Fish Studios
4541 Irving Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Artist-owned studio focusing on prints featuring California themes.

Mollusk Surf Shop
4500 Irving Street, San Francisco, California 94122
Surfing institution provides boards, apparel, gear & accessories in a cheerful, modern interior.

Better; for Living
3425 Balboa Street, San Francisco, California 94121
Select contemporary and vintage items for life, appreciation, and use.

Noise
3427 Balboa Street, San Francisco, California 94121
Vinyl records & original art store.

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Have you visited the beach side of San Francisco? Any favorites you’d like to share?

This post is sponsored by & Other Stories. Photo of Jessica by Elisabeth Wallace for Hej Doll.

15 thoughts on “The Quiet Side of San Francisco

  1. I would really love to go to San Francisco one day. The beach looks beautiful in your photos and I keep hearing that the food is really great there!

  2. My niece is moving from San Francisco to LA in a few weeks. I need to hurry up and visit one more time! I love the quiet side of bustling cities.

  3. I have never been to the West Coast, so no on being at any beach in San Francisco. I love that there’s a quiet side of the beach, that would be the area I would navigate too. I also love how you listed out some places to shop and eat, this will prove to be a great resource for anyone looking to travel that way soon!

  4. Sad to say, I haven’t been to that part of SF! From some of these pictures, you would never know that you’re in a major city!

    Random (probably dumb) question: When you say it aloud, is it “And Other Stories” or just “Stories?” I’ve visited their store in five different countries without knowing, and finally in the last one I went to near Bryant Park the sales girl welcomed us in with a “Welcome to Stories.” This has caused me so much anxiety! 🙂

  5. What a beautiful tour of the city! Very excitingly, after 8 years living in London (originally from New Jersey), I am moving out to San Francisco this Autumn. Terrified, excited, anxious, happy. All squished into one human. Your guide is giving me life; I’ve been more on the ‘worried/anxious’ side to be saying goodbye to London, and this tour of Western SF is helping me to become more excited again. Thank you for this — one I’ll be saving to use next year! x

    Eire | wolf-and-stag.com

    1. Congrats on the move! San Francisco is a big place and has so many microclimates and different areas so I’m sure you’ll find a place you feel at home in after your move. 🙂

  6. It’s awesome to be able to find a coffee you can call perfection! The pics are fun. I like those mirrored shades!

  7. I love San Francisco and am long overdue for another visit. This post makes me want to schedule a trip immediately, as well as purchase that gorgeous tie dye slip dress!

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