Discover San Francisco: A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond/Sea Cliff

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Tater Tot and I go on adventures.  One of our favorite free things to do is discover new neighborhoods. Recently we have been visiting the Outer Richmond a bunch.  With gorgeous views and cute restaurants that are casual yet would rank high on any foodie’s list, it is a great spot to spend the day with kids.  Here is our Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond/SeaCliff.

Start Your Day At…

Heart Baker:  Delicious pastries and adorable atmosphere, this is a great spot to start your day off.  They also have great lunch and dinner options.

Marla Bakery: With amazing brunch, pastries and coffee and an adorable garden for the kids to run around in, this bakery/restaurant is the perfect place to fuel up your day.

Marla Bakery Garden

Start Your Adventures At…

Sutro Baths and Lands End:  With old buildings to explore, tunnels, gorgeous paths, and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, you could spend your entire day here.  Park in the Lands End parking lot and either head out on the coastal trail to enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, head down the log steps to the sutro baths, or head across the street to explore sutro heights.

Sutro Baths and Lands End

Lands End Adventure, San Francisco

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond: Sutro Baths

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond: Sutro Baths

Don’t Miss…

The view from the meditation circle; it can be a little bit hard to find , but totally worth the effort.  From the Lands End parking lot, walk along the Coastal Trail and follow signs for Mile Rock Beach.  You can see the meditation circle from the Mile Rock Beach trail and head on over and take a few minutes to relax and take in the view.

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond: Meditation Circle

For Lunch Head Over To…

Balboa Street:  This little stretch of Balboa Street from 34th to 38th has a ton of great little restaurants to choose from.  Pick up sandwiches for a picnic at Mr. Banh Mi or Fog Baby Cafe or dine in at Cassava, La Promenade Cafe, or Shanghai Dumpling King.  Bring cash as some of these places don’t take plastic.

After Lunch…

Grab your sand pails and head down the hill. Don’t forget to stop on the way at the Camera Obscura or Giant Camera. This camera, built for the world’s fair in 1915, is a cool way for kids to get a better idea of how cameras really work.

San Francisco Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura


Head down to the beach and play; Ocean Beach has stunning views in every direction and on a nice day is a great place to spend an afternoon.

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond: Ocean Beach

If It Is Raining…

Head to the Legion of Honor and take in some culture.

Get the Kids Energy Out At…

Rochambeau playground: This entirely fenced in playground has a play structure for older kids and one for younger kids making it a great place for kids to run any extra energy out.  They also have bathrooms and running water for a quick pit stop in your busy itinerary.

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond:Rochambeau Playground

Grab a Drink and Watch Sunset At…

Beach Chalet or The Cliff House. As the Westernmost neighborhood in San Francisco, the Outer Richmond has some of the best spots to watch the sunset from. Another great spot for sunset watching is Baker Beach.

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond:Baker Beach Sunset

End Your Day with Dinner At…

Fiorella: This relative new comer to the Outer Richmond has delicious pizza and pasta and with a back patio, plenty of space for everyone.

Pizzetta 211: With only 4 tables, this tiny wood fired pizza spot gets busy early, so head over right when they open to snag a table. Their wood fired pizza is some of the best in the city as are their desserts.  Don’t worry, if there is a wait, they have blankets and serve wine outside.

Don’t forget to bring an extra layer on your adventures.  Although the Outer Richmond has gorgeous sunsets, it also has some of the most fog.

What are your favorite spots in the Outer Richmond/Sea Cliff?  Let me know in the comments so we can check them out on our next adventure.

A Perfect Day in the Outer Richmond




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