I couldn’t wait until the day I moved to the Marina the exact day I just merely moved to the Inner Richmond. The Inner Richmond wasn’t cool to my college “cool-girl” self and I couldn’t wait to be in walking distance to Bar None and Lightning Tavern. Ha! Boy, have times changed. As I resigned my lease again in my Inner Richmond Apartment, I began thinking how thankful I was to live in this big, beautiful space with a back yard and easy parking. You couldn’t pay me now to move out of this quaint neighborhood. I decided to compile a list of the amazing attributes of the Inner Richmond District of San Francisco:
- THE BEACH. Seriously, its in my backyard. Baker beach is pretty much less than a mile from anywhere you live in the Richmond. Helllooo Saturday picnics and insta-worthy shots on the reg.
- Not too much a fan of Golden Gate Park due to the crowds and weird homeless men lerking around, the Presidio is 1 block from my apartment and its become my go-to for all things outdoor fitness related with the best running views, and amazing public tennis courts. Add in some wine and cheese afternoons on the green grass and you’ve got yourself a love affair with the Presidio.
- USF + their swimming pool: I’ve been trying to get into swimming lately. The USF pool is open to the public for one-time use passes or gym memberships. Gotta give my alma mater credit where credit is due! Its also always fun to go lie in the green or have a picnic with a few friends on the any where on the campus. Not going to lie, I dream of getting married in that beautiful St. Ignatius Church one day 🙂
- Lands End: I love walking lands end with a girlfriend on a sunny day, racing up the good-booty-building stairs along the way and taking in the gorgeous views of the bay.
- The fact that literally ALL of my friends now live in the Richmond after moving around to different neighborhoods for the last few years. I’m loving quick last minute dinner invites to my place and Monday night Bachelor/Bachelorette viewing parties with my girls.
- Clement Street Farmer’s market is my go-to Sunday activity. The farmers market definitely brings out the best vibe in the neighborhood with the locals and visitors combined. My favorite is the Almond Milk stand and of course, when in season, the raspberries! Usually when I meet my boyfriend there (who also lives in the neighborhood) he’s there a bit early waiting for me with fresh flowers! We love going every Sunday and grabbing ingredients to create a yummy Sunday dinner sans cookbook or recipe. Recently we made a pad thai peanut-like dish and it was incredible!
- Yoga Tree 6th Avenue: Love me some yoga on a foggy morning – I’ve yet to try Sea Cliff Yoga and have heard great things about it BUT, hot yoga still scares me… :0
- Quirky Salons: I jump around a lot when is comes to beauty places but LOVE Mays Skin Care right on Clement St between 11th and 12th. Her and her sweet husband run the small space and she’s the only one in the city I’ll go to for an eyebrow wax or facial. I also am a frequent flier at Richmond Nails – they offer the best pedicures and (cheap!) gel mani’s in the city, and I’m insanely picky about this! I’m a huge anti-sun girl, in hopes of keeping my 22 year old skin forever, so I usually get spray tans before an I have any type of big event or travel coming up. The Tidy Shop is my favorite. You’ll be in and out in 15 minutes with a gorgeous glow. As for hair, can’t say I’ve tried anywhere in the ‘hood but those $20 blowout signs I walk by on the reg are quite tempting…maybe next weekend!
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