Outer Richmond

Although at one time the only people who resided in Outer Richmond were here permanently – in one of the area’s many cemeteries – today the neighborhood has developed into a lively, not-to-be-missed San Francisco staple. Unlike its cousin the Inner Richmond neighborhood, the Outer Richmond retains a residential feel. As a popular home for immigrant families, the neighborhood streets offer a wide array of restaurants and shopping.

Where it’s At

Outer Richmond is primarily centered around Geary Street to 25th Avenue and the ocean. Keep in mind that the weather in the Outer Richmond is unpredictable and can quickly change from a sunny day to a fog filled blustery mess. The fog tends to roll in after 3:00 pm, limiting the neighborhood’s beach time.

What to See

Beach lovers should make their way to Baker and China Beaches, one of the only beaches in the city where it is safe to swim. The northernmost part of Baker Beach is a nude beach. And the view of the Marin Headlands with the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the city’s most popular photo ops. Another popular beach is Ocean Beach, which spans from Cliff House to Fort Funston. Although it may look like Malibu from afar, the riptides and cold water make swimming difficult. However, the beach itself is stunning and perfect for a day of relaxing in the sun.

The popular Giant Camera, or Camera Obscura, is housed in a square yellow building at Point Lobos. Using a series of mirrors and concave lenses, one gets a 360 degree view of the sea, Seal Rocks, Cliff House, the Great Highway and Ocean Beach. Speaking of Seal Rocks, the popular rocks just outside Cliff House are populated by noisy sea lions sunning themselves.

Another popular site is the Presidio, a natural park that is great for hiking and exploring and accessible via either Park Presidio Boulevard or 25th Avenue.

Where to Eat

Aziza serves up excellent Moroccan fare with a California influence. Come for dinner and enjoy a belly dancing show, along with the chef’s choice five-course tasting menu (5800 Geary Blvd.). For something more down to earth, Bill’s Place serves up excellent burgers in a classic, old fashioned atmosphere (2315 Clement St.).