Neighborhood Guide: San Francisco's Inner Richmond

Where to eat, drink and shop in the Inner Richmond.

Wedged between two of San Francisco’s most alluring parks—the Presidio to the north, Golden Gate Park to the south—is the equally appealing Inner Richmond district. The quiet, sunny neighborhood boasts an array of local restaurants, wine bars and historic shops—including one of the city’s oldest and best bookstores.

San Francisco's most beloved bookstore, Green Apple Books

Where to Shop

San Francisco has a strong reputation for supporting small stores selling locally made wares. In the Inner Richmond, you’d have to try to actively avoid the many independent, family-owned shops lining the streets.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Green Apple Books remains one of this literary-minded city’s most beloved independent bookshops. The shop stocks everything from new hardcover and paperback releases to political and art-centric magazines to stylish notebooks and journals. Don’t be confused: the shop is split between two locations on the same block; the annex containing used fiction and a serious vinyl record selection is two doors down from the main, two-story storefront. And don’t miss the nook of ever-revolving displays in the annex, where discerning shoppers can be found eying colorful greeting cards and artwork from the Outer Sunset design duo behind 3 Fish Studios, in addition to screen-printed tees, tote bags and wall art from the full-service Tenderloin-based print shop, Studio Nico.

Curious children as well as kids at heart will discover fascinating toys, from soft stuffed animals to wooden nesting dolls, as well as animal-shaped nursery lamps and whimsical party supplies, at Tantrum.

At Foggy Notion, opened in 2011 by photographer and designer Alissa Anderson, California-inspired eclectic home goods, including handmade jewelry and organic skincare products, are the focus.

William the BeeKeeper sells locally produced honey, handmade soaps and charming ceramics, and offers crafty classes in candlemaking and macramé. For more made-in-SF books and T-shirts, pop into Park Life.

A food runner delivering a tea leaf salad

The Best Restaurants in Inner Richmond

Take friends to Kitchen Istanbul, where owner-chef Emrah Kilicoglu crafts delicious Turkish-style mezze plates meant for sharing and main course dishes that are as enjoyable as the convivial, cozy dining room. Start with the chef’s creamy hummus before moving on to savory moussaka—lamb or vegetarian—or lamb kebabs, and save room for perfectly semisweet homemade baklava for dessert.

For hearty Burmese cuisine, Burma Superstar has become a destination in the neighborhood with a waitlist almost as legendary as its tealeaf salad. It can take two hours to get a table. Plan to put your name on the list and pop into some charming nearby shops while you wait. 

For take-home treats, head to Schubert's Bakery. A San Francisco institution since 1911 known for its mousse cakes and fruit tarts, including the ever-popular marzipan-wrapped Swedish Princess Cake.

Neighborhood newcomer Scarlet Lounge is worth a stop.

Where to Drink

For 35 years, the Toy Boat Dessert Café has been serving up sweet treats with a side of playful delights, including a fully functional mechanical horse for the kids. Bring cash to this cute corner café that specializes in coffee and espresso drinks and serves the Bay Area’s own Double Rainbow ice cream, including some lactose-free options.

Pull up a stool at High Treason to sample wines by the flight while enjoying mellow tunes from the turntable. Neighborhood newcomer Scarlet Lounge also hits all the right tasting notes: cool cocktails, lovely decor and a chill, welcoming vibe.