Not to be confused with the East Bay community of a similar name, the Outer Richmond is a quiet residential neighborhood nestled in San Francisco’s northwest corner. Bordered on three sides by green space and shoreline, the Outer Richmond offers unparalleled access to some of the city’s most extraordinary opportunities for outdoor recreation. To the north isLand’s End, a rugged coastal park threaded with hiking trails and rocky outlooks, in addition to the public, eighteen-hole Lincoln Park Golf Course and the grand Legion of Honor, a notable art museum. Golden Gate Park extends the length of the Outer Richmond’s southern border, with its golf and disc golf courses, two lakes, and entry to its miles of roads and trails all nearby. Finally, to the east is Ocean Beach, a destination for surfers, as well as for those interested in walking its four miles of uninterrupted sand. What’s more, through the Sea Cliff neighborhood to the north, one also has easy access to the intimate China Beach, Baker Beach’s stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sprawling Presidio Park.
Residents of the Outer Richmond appreciate its truly residential character, with commerce seldom taking center stage. Balboa Village, a stretch of Balboa Street running from 42nd Avenue to the neighborhood’s eastern border at 32nd Avenue, offers the greatest density of stores and eateries, though you’ll also find
excellent cafés and restaurants dotted throughout the neighborhood. Ethnic cuisine is a particular strength, with numerous North African, Asian, Indian, and European establishments, and specialties—Egyptian, Russian, Indonesian—that would prove difficult to find elsewhere. Cinema is another of the neighborhood’s more unique features, with two independent theaters screening art-house and independent films. Movies and cozy restaurants will be welcome on a foggy night, but the greatest joys of life in the Inner Richmond are found outdoors, ranging throughout the remarkable parks, beaches, and forests right at the neighborhood’s borders.