Inner Sunset

You’re a quick ride away from the beating heart of big-city activity in this laid-back neighborhood.

Besides the Inner Sunset’s rolling fog, there’s nothing bleak about this funky neighborhood. Bordering Golden Gate Park and home to University of California, San Francisco campus, the Inner Sunset remains close to nature without losing its big-city edge. Corner markets and a variety of ethnic eateries feed the local student population, whose laid-back presence creates a small-town feel just a quick ride away from the city’s center.

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On the Map

Inner Sunset is bordered by West Portal, Cole Valley, Forest Hill, Balboa Terrace, Twin Peaks, Parkside, Sunnyside, Lakeshore, and Outer Sunset

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

SFO Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic and 68 minutes by BART
Golden Gate Park: 15 minute walk
Fisherman's Wharf: 60 minutes by public transit
The Ferry Building: 34 minutes by public transit

A Laid-Back Neighborhood Along the Park

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The Inner Sunset is the kind of neighborhood where cafe owners live above their businesses. It's the sort of place where every day of the week feels like Casual Friday.

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Add the expansive green space and cultural museums of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to the Inner Sunset's local schools and ever-present informality, and you'll immediately feel comfortable enough to put your feet up.

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UCSF doctors, nurses, and students call the Inner Sunset home.

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The Inner Sunset's independent businesses inspire a truly local atmosphere.

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Cafes, bars, and book clubs? They're all here.

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Ninth Avenue serves as the Inner Sunset's main avenue.

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Meet worker-owned cooperative Arizmendi Bakery. Inner Sunset's residents call it the best bakery in the neighborhood. Maybe, even, the city.

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The Inner Sunset's first firehouse is still standing but is no longer occupied by firemen.

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With so much in the Inner Sunset, if you don't want to leave the neighborhood, you won't have to.

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The thriving Inner Sunset district is a safe residential neighborhood which is one of San Francisco's most exciting destinations. There are many options for dining and just about every type of world cuisine is found in the excellent neighborhood restaurants."

The Inner Sunset: A Destination for International Cuisine

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The Inner Sunset's restaurants range from Vietnamese to Italian.

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Whatever you're looking for, you can find it in the Inner Sunset.

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We said you wouldn't have to leave the neighborhood if you didn't want to.

The Inner Sunset's Farmers' Market

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The Inner Sunset's Farmers' Market shares its fresh produce and local goods with residents every Sunday.

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Golden Gate Park: The Inner Sunset's Green Neighbor

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The Inner Sunset borders San Francisco's expansive green space.

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Irving Street is lined with adorable boutiques and some of the best restaurants in the city, including Arizmendi Bakery, Lavash, Underdog, San Tung Chinese, Marni Thai, and much, much more."

Getting to the Rest of the City

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Whether by light-rail, bike, or bus, the Inner Sunset makes it easy to reach the core of San Francisco or the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Michael Blumenfeld is a commercial photographer based in San Francisco. When not shooting, he loves rooting for the Giants, haunting used-book stores, and following his appetite around the city. He's inspired each day by the energy and diversity of the Bay Area. This project for Airbnb was a great opportunity to tread both the beaten and unbeaten paths of a city he feels privileged to call home.

Michael Blumenfeld

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