A vibrant yet laid-back community, the Inner Richmond is nestled between two of the city’s most treasured outdoor oases, making it the perfect residence for outdoorsy urban types. Bordering the neighborhood on the south is Golden Gate Park, home to many of the city’s best jogging trails, picnic spots, and playgrounds, as well as several important cultural sites, including the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. To the north, Mountain Lake Park is a lush gathering spot that provides easy access to the Presidio, a national park boasting family-friendly attractions and miles of ocean-skimming hiking trails. But the lure of the Inner Richmond doesn’t stop with its abundant natural resources.

For plentiful shopping, dining and nightlife, residents need only head to Clement Street, the bustling commercial strip running from Arguello Street to Park Presidio Boulevard. Clement, as well as nearby Geary Boulevard, is brimming with neighborhood bars, four-star restaurants, and retail establishments reflecting the area’s many cultural influences. On these blocks you’ll find an eatery to suit every palette-- from Korean BBQ joints and French bistros to Russian bakeries and hipster coffee houses and a store for your most obscure needs, from Chinese herbs and Israeli delicacies to Japanese action figures and Czech beer. After dark, the area lights up with a nighttime crowd drawn to the up-and-coming whiskey and wine bars, and veteran karaoke bars. This is a self-assured neighborhood in which you can be active during the day and most certainly kick back at night. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

An outdoor parklet on Clement Street, the Inner Richmond’s bustling commercial strip. Getting around the neighborhood is a breeze, whether you travel by bicycle, car or Muni. Bus rides provide direct access to the city center.

An outdoor parklet on Clement Street, the Inner Richmond’s bustling commercial strip. Getting around the neighborhood is a breeze, whether you travel by bicycle, car or Muni. Bus rides provide direct access to the city center.

Neighbors come out to the Clement Street Farmers Market every Sunday morning to stock up on fresh local produce, organic meats and other goodies.

Neighbors come out to the Clement Street Farmers Market every Sunday morning to stock up on fresh local produce, organic meats and other goodies.

The Richmond branch of the San Francisco Public Library, still looking good after its 2009 renovation, boasts a small playground and a wide assortment of foreign-language books and DVDs.

The Richmond branch of the San Francisco Public Library, still looking good after its 2009 renovation, boasts a small playground and a wide assortment of foreign-language books and DVDs.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a colorful meeting spot in Golden Gate Park. The beloved park, which borders the Inner Richmond on the south, is home to many other cultural attractions and miles of hiking trails, picnic spots and lakes.

The Conservatory of Flowers is a colorful meeting spot in Golden Gate Park. The beloved park, which borders the Inner Richmond on the south, is home to many other cultural attractions and miles of hiking trails, picnic spots and lakes.

People are drawn to the many museums within Golden Gate Park, including the De Young Art museum and the California Academy of Sciences, above, known for its four-story rainforest exhibit.

People are drawn to the many museums within Golden Gate Park, including the De Young Art museum and the California Academy of Sciences, above, known for its four-story rainforest exhibit.

The Koret Children’s Quarter in Golden Gate Park is a favorite with the under-10 set. It offers one of the best playgrounds in the city and an authentic 1914 Herschell-Spillman carousel.

The Koret Children’s Quarter in Golden Gate Park is a favorite with the under-10 set. It offers one of the best playgrounds in the city and an authentic 1914 Herschell-Spillman carousel.

Mountain Lake Park features a playground, dog park, duck pond and tennis courts, not to mention easy access to Presidio national park.

Mountain Lake Park features a playground, dog park, duck pond and tennis courts, not to mention easy access to Presidio national park.

EATS is a popular brunch spot and especially busy on Sunday mornings during the Farmer’s Market.

EATS is a popular brunch spot and especially busy on Sunday mornings during the Farmer’s Market.

Pretty Please bakeshop represents a slew of stylish retail establishments that have been popping up around the Clement Street commercial area.

Pretty Please bakeshop represents a slew of stylish retail establishments that have been popping up around the Clement Street commercial area.

The Inner Richmond boasts some relaxed, family-friendly restaurants, such as Giorgio’s, where kids can make their own pizza.

The Inner Richmond boasts some relaxed, family-friendly restaurants, such as Giorgio’s, where kids can make their own pizza.

The area is home to dozens of ethnic eateries that reflect its diverse roots. Residents line up regularly for Burma Superstar’s famous tea leaf salad and other Burmese specialties.

The area is home to dozens of ethnic eateries that reflect its diverse roots. Residents line up regularly for Burma Superstar’s famous tea leaf salad and other Burmese specialties.

Park Life, which carries artsy T-shirts, books and gifts, is one of more stylish boutiques that have arrived on Clement Street in recent years.

Park Life, which carries artsy T-shirts, books and gifts, is one of more stylish boutiques that have arrived on Clement Street in recent years.

Neighborhood book and music store Green Apple is an Inner Richmond institution. 

Neighborhood book and music store Green Apple is an Inner Richmond institution. 

 Richmond Republic Draught House on Clement is one of trendy but laid-back neighborhood drinking holes that have opened recently in the Inner Richmond.

 Richmond Republic Draught House on Clement is one of trendy but laid-back neighborhood drinking holes that have opened recently in the Inner Richmond.