Because these two SF locales are neighbors and appeal to the all the same cozy hankerings, it’s best to knock them both off your list at once—they’re well worth a detour to Outer Sunset district. First, we recommend a visit to Outerlands on a Sunday morning, the only day they offer brunch. But get there early to get your name on the list because plenty of others are sure to follow. The closer to 9AM, the better. We recommend their beloved Eggs in Jail or the Dutch Pancakes with ricotta, as well as a pot of coffee to share. Finish with a chocolate chip cookie if you’re still up for something sweet. If making time for brunch is too much trouble, no problem: The menu for lunch and dinner is small, but each item is on their for good reason. Their expert grilled cheese and warm apple cider will make locals and visitors alike feel at home amidst the rolling San Francisco fog. For extra coziness, sit outside—below the heat-lamps—wrapped in the blankets they keep by the door. On the way out, we also suggest buying a loaf of bread to take home and enjoy later.
The General Store next door has just about everything you can imagine and more. They sell all kinds of finely crafted odds and ends for men, women and children, so it's perfect for gifts. Their merchandise is about half vintage, estate-sale style and half handmade and new. The General Store has a fantastic collection of rare magazines and books, as well as cards and stationary designed by local artists. They're stocked up on everything from dishware and linens to cozy blankets and longboards. A tunnel-like passageway and intentionally off-kilter shelves are a fittingly offbeat backdrop for the hand-selected goods. And the garden in back will keep you lingering for a while. Every customer who stops by wants to move in.
While out west in the Sunset District, take a trip to San Francisco’s finest beach spot of the Ocean Beach. Relax with the blankets from the General Store and fresh bread from Outerlands. It isn’t called the Sunset District for nothing.