If you are blessed enough to find yourself in the beautiful city of San Francisco, please do yourself a favor and take a stroll along Judah Street in the Ocean Beach enclave. This little nook of S.F (The Outer Sunset District to be exact), couldn’t be more different than the city’s well known and hurried areas of Union Square, Nob Hill, and China Town. On the sandy fringes of San Francisco you will find a community of sea dwellers and happy hipsters alike.
Judah Street and Ocean Beach itself has vibe all it’s own. It makes one feel intrigued, at home and entertained with the beauty of the ocean. When my husband and I visit we never miss a chance to eat at Outerlands. This restaurant’s menu is not only delicious and comforting but utilizes sustainable resources from local organic farms, ranches, and specialty foods purveyors. Outerland’s mission to be a gathering place for those who seek warmth, shelter, food, and fellowship while filling the bellies of those who dine there is true and for lack of a better word, so good. Get there early so you can take home a loaf of their fresh baked bread. Try one of their grilled cheese sandwich and add a fried egg, you will thank me.
While you might have to wait a bit to eat at Outerlands, a quick walk two doors down will put one of the best coffees in your hand from Trouble Coffee Co. My husband, a serious caffeine junkie, highly recommends the depth charge- although not for the faint of heart.
Trouble Coffee Co.
Retail shops in this area like The General Store and Mollusk Surf Shop (on Ivy St) are filled with unique and locally curated items not found in any other shopping area of the city. Hard to find print magazines, aquatic equipment, vintage threads, leather goods, and interesting paper supplies make this area worthy of a shopping destination.
The General Store
After eating, caffeinating and shopping your way through Judah Street take advantage of the easy access to miles of gorgeous Northern Californian beach. Here are some scenes you might see while walking on Judah Street.
I hope you get to experience this street soon.