The Inner Sunset has the laid-back feel of a small town with a hip edge. An ethnically diverse population, trendy restaurants, a bustling commercial area, and close proximity to many of the city’s finest outdoor attractions are what make this one of San Francisco’s most beloved neighborhoods. Bordering the Inner Sunset on the north is the gorgeous expanse of land known as Golden Gate Park, home to miles of hiking trails, picnic grounds, bike paths, lakes, and museums. 

For some of the city’s best restaurants and shopping, Irving Street from Fifth Avenue to 10th Avenue provides everything from trendy fashion boutiques to mom-and-pop stores and a co-op bakery. After the sun goes down, a slew of easygoing restaurants, bars, and funky coffee houses draws folks from all over the city and turns this family-friendly area into a lively night scene. For commuters or those looking to explore the rest of the city—although, for some, there’s no reason to leave the neighborhood—the Inner Sunset is centrally located off Highway 1, with the N-Judah Muni line running through it. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The UCSF campus at Parnassus Heights is a neighborhood landmark at the foot of Mount Sutro.

The UCSF campus at Parnassus Heights is a neighborhood landmark at the foot of Mount Sutro.

Families flock to Koret Children’s Corner in Golden Gate Park, which features a climbing wall, rope-climbing structure, concrete slide and authentic turn-of-the-century Herschel-Spillman carousel.

Families flock to Koret Children’s Corner in Golden Gate Park, which features a climbing wall, rope-climbing structure, concrete slide and authentic turn-of-the-century Herschel-Spillman carousel.

Sharon Meadow, the grassy area located just off Bowling Green Drive and overlooking the Koret playground in Golden Gate Park, features picnic tables, tennis courts, soccer fields and an art center.

Sharon Meadow, the grassy area located just off Bowling Green Drive and overlooking the Koret playground in Golden Gate Park, features picnic tables, tennis courts, soccer fields and an art center.

The commercial area around 9th and Irving Streets draws folks from all over the city with its hip boutiques, popular eateries and laid-back bars.

The commercial area around 9th and Irving Streets draws folks from all over the city with its hip boutiques, popular eateries and laid-back bars.

Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Park Chow for good comfort food and a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.

Residents flock to neighborhood favorite Park Chow for good comfort food and a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere.

Nopalito on 9th Avenue is a popular destination for organic, sustainable Mexican fare.

Nopalito on 9th Avenue is a popular destination for organic, sustainable Mexican fare.

Lines form early in the morning for the mouth-watering pastries and breads baked daily at Arizmendi Bakery Cooperative on 9th Avenue.

Lines form early in the morning for the mouth-watering pastries and breads baked daily at Arizmendi Bakery Cooperative on 9th Avenue.

Locals craving ramen, yakitori and other traditional Japanese food head to Izakaya Sozai on Irving Street.

Locals craving ramen, yakitori and other traditional Japanese food head to Izakaya Sozai on Irving Street.

Residents enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, lakes, picnic spots and renowned museums that are sprinkled throughout Golden Gate Park.

Residents enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, lakes, picnic spots and renowned museums that are sprinkled throughout Golden Gate Park.