Plan The Perfect Cool-Kid Day Trip To The Outer Sunset

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on January 3]
In need of a local getaway? We suggest heading all the way west to the beach-bordered Outer Sunset 'hood. Thanks to a bevy of multi-talented surfers and creative types who call the oft-foggy area home, a couple handfuls of shops and restaurants have popped up in the area just recently, and have quickly made it the ultimate day trip destination. Bonus: You don't even need a car to get there! Instead, it's all accessible from the N Judah, which stretches from the ballpark all the way to the ocean. And that's where you'll find gems like the utterly scrumptious Outerlands eatery, the dreamy General Store boutique with a to-die-for garden out back, some of the best java around at Trouble Coffee (if you're not into coffee, try sipping juice from a coconut instead), not to mention the awe-inspiring Ocean Beach itself. Just click through our quickie must-hit list after the jump, and leave the planning to us.
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The first stop on your Outer Sunset adventure should most definitely be this rustic-cool restaurant that bills itself as a "gathering place for sea goers who seek warmth," not to mention amazing eats. Sit inside at a beautiful reclaimed wood table or grab one of the bright crocheted blankets in a basket by the door and nab a table outside. Then, you can order pretty much anything on the locally sourced menu (we're partial to the grilled cheese for lunch of the famed eggs in jail for brunch) and you'll be a happy camper.

Outerlands, 4001 Judah Street (at 45th Avenue); 415-661-6140.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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General Store
Helmed by husband-and-wife team Mason St. Peter and Serena Mitnik-Miller, this spot is ground zero for the coolest shopping in the Outer Sunset 'hood. With a focus on handmade goods, shoppers can find everything from terrariums and baby booties to new and vintage clothing, art tomes, cards, and beaded baubles. The eclectic shop even has a greenhouse and garden out back for parties, DIY classes, and general milling about.

General Store, 4035 Judah Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-682-0600.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Mollusk Surf Shop
This surf-centric shop is for the real wave riders of Ocean Beach...and for those that just want to look like them. As the name suggests, the store carries a variety of surfboards and gear, as well as wave-inspired art, surf flicks, and Made-in-S.F. tees, hoodies, flannels, and more, for men, women, and kids.

Mollusk Surf Shop, 4500 Irving Street (at 46th Avenue); 415-564-6300.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Trouble Coffee
Already anointed one of the Cutest Coffee Shops in S.F. by, well, us, this quirky pint-sized java spot is sure to please. The narrow and crazily decorated space (there was a horse ripped from a carousel, a dress form, and a random game of Trouble last time we checked) serves up caffeine for the coffee juzzlers and coconut juice (straight out the coconut!) for everyone else, along with freshly baked treats from Goody Goodie and Batter Bakery. We suggest taking your refreshments onto the beautiful and branch-y jungle gym-like parklet directly outside.

Trouble Coffee, 4033 Judah Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-682-4732.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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The Riptide
Yes, it's chilly out there by the ocean, which is why the fireplace at The Riptide bar is especially charming (and appreciated). The lodge-y space, built in 1941, boasts an addictive jukebox, stiff drinks (starting at 4 p.m.), and an action-packed events calendar that includes live music and DIY grilled cheese nights. Yep, you read that last part correctly.

The Riptide, 3639 Taraval Street (between 46th and 47th avenues); 415- 681-TIDE.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Ocean Beach
Between your shopping and grubbing, be sure to take in the sweeping and breath-taking views of gorgeous (albeit nippy) Ocean Beach, which stretches from the Cliff House to Fort Funston. We suggest bringing a blanket and staying awhile.

Photographed by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
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The brainchild of four friends and artisans — Luke Bartels, Danny Hess, Josh Duthie, and Jeff Canham — this by-appointment-only space is part studio, part shop. In it, you can find a plethora of goods made by the aforementioned guys, including signs with rad typography, hand-crafted salvaged wood furniture, birdhouses, and, naturally, surfboards. Be sure to spend a few extra minutes staring at the wall decorated with dozens of soon-to-be-refurbished chairs found on the street, which is something like a work of art within itself.

Woodshop, 3725 Noriega Street (between 44th and 45th avenues); 415-240-5504.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Java Beach Cafe
Load up on carbs and coffee before or after watching the waves at this long-standing shop (est. 1993) that sits right across from the ocean. Another husband-and-wife-run organization, this super-casual restaurant and coffee shop has a jam-packed menu which includes ocean-themed sammies like the Tsunami (ham, mortadella, salami, and melted cheese), Bonfire Delight (roast beef and cheddar on Dutch crunch bread with sesame ginger sauce), and much, much more.

Java Beach Cafe, 1396 La Playa Street (at Judah Street); 415-665-5282.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Beachside Coffee Bar And Kitchen
If the lines at Outerlands or Java Beach Cafe are just too long for your rumbling tummy, head to this newly opened spot, from the same folks that brought you Java Beach Cafe. With aspirations to open Ocean Beach's first-ever coffee roastery, keep your eye on this one — which is easy given the adorable bubblegum-pink exterior.

Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen, 4300 Judah Street (between La Playa Street and 48th Avenue); 415-682-4961.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Noriega Produce
A true locals spot, this organic market is the perfect place to go for day trippers looking to build a healthy beachside picnic. Expect loads of organic fruit, homemade peanut butter, health products, the full Synergy Kombucha raw tea line, freshly baked loaves of bread, and the like.

Noriega Produce, 3821 Noriega Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-564-0370.

Photographed by Christine Ting
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Devil's Teeth Baking Company
Based on the idea that "there are very few things better on Earth than starting a morning with a cup of [Sightglass] coffee and some hot beignets," this shop serves up just that for the Outer Sunset community. Like Trouble Coffee, there's a cool angular wooden parklet outside for enjoying said treats (plus solid $5 sandwiches) alfresco.

Devil's Teeth Baking Company, 3876 Noriega Street (between 45th and 46th avenues); 415-683-5533.

Photographed by Christine Ting

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