Golden Gate Park and the West
Collected by Lara Takenaga, AFAR Contributor
2555 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
In a city as diverse as San Francisco, there's a huge range of world cuisines on offer. One style of cooking that was missing, however, was Shaanxi—named for the Chinese province it originates from. Luckily, Terra Cotta Warrior opened in the Outer...
1331 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
If you’re heading to Golden Gate Park, pick up picnic provisions first at Arizmendi Bakery in the Inner Sunset. This worker-owned cooperative, which also runs Berkeley’s famous Cheese Board Collective, offers homemade vegetarian pizzas, pastries,...
4001 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
Outerlands is an Outer Sunset institution. The small restaurant near Ocean Beach serves local, organic cuisine in a rustic-chic setting. Covered floor-to-ceiling in warm, rough-hewn wood, the interior invites lingering over an artisan cocktail or...
309 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Burma Superstar lives up to its name. Opened more than 20 years ago, the Inner Richmond restaurant has gained a following for such specialties as hand-wrapped samosas filled with meat and potatoes, chili lamb, and traditional rice salad. Known for...
220 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
For a dose of culture, head to Park Life in the Inner Richmond. The goal of this gallery-cum-retail space is to feature today’s most engaging contemporary art. Located in a 1,400-square-foot former furniture store, Park Life showcases 10 exhibits...
506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Independent bookstores are an increasingly rare breed, but Green Apple Books has bucked the trend of disappearing brick-and-mortar shops. The nearly 50-year-old Inner Richmond store has gained a loyal following for its vast collection of new and...
Stow Lake, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
In San Francisco you don’t have to go to the Pacific Ocean to spend a day on the water. Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park has offered visitors and locals an escape to nature since 1893. Located in the middle of the park, the man-made lake surrounds...
55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
The California Academy of Sciences is an unfortunately stuffy name for an institution that is anything but staid. The country's largest natural-history museum includes an aquarium, a planetarium, an enormous rain-forest exhibit under a...
4035 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
An artist and an architect curate a cool mix of practical things here. You’ll find books on furniture and design, and interesting items like wooden radios and pencil sets. Lots of it is handmade. The store also sells chairs and tables that Luke...
212 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
Seedstore in the Inner Richmond features a selection of independent and more mainstream clothing labels, all carefully curated by sisters and owners Jennifer and Cynthia Huie. The pair seek out men’s and women’s apparel and accessories that have a...
436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA
For a taste of Russia, you need not look further than Cinderella Bakery & Cafe in the Inner Richmond. Since 1953 its bakers have been turning out strudels and turnovers, cakes and tarts, meat pies, and breads using generations-old recipes. Stuffed...
223 Little Falls St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Support local artisans and merchants at the annual Holiday Gift and Craft Show, held the first weekend of December at the Falls Church Community Center. You'll be able to browse the handmade creations and sample the homemade treats of more than 50...
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