exploring san francisco's outer sunset district


Living in the north east side of San Francisco, I don't get out to the Sunset district very often as it's on the completely opposite side of the city. It's fun to explore the different neighborhoods within the 7x7 boundaries though, as they are all so unique and charming in very different ways. Joe and I recently wandered out to the outer sunset for an afternoon and evening and had a blast. Continue reading for a glimpse into our day and some ideas to do when you're being a tourist in your own city. Make sure you make it to the bottom for one of my new favorite restaurant reviews!

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Mosaic Stairway on 16th Avenue

The tiled steps on 16th Avenue are one of the city's hidden gems. I've been here a few times, and each time I'm always overwhelmed by the amount of detail that went into the creation. It's a great thing to see and is a free activity, but one that isn't overcrowded with tourists. You'll likely see a few other groups of people on the stairway, taking pictures and taking in the amazing view of the sunset and ocean from the top, but will definitely have enough space to take your own photos and soak in the beauty on your own.

There are 163 steps in total and the project was undertaken between 2003 and 2005, inspired by famous stairs in Rio de Janeiro. At the top of the stairway, you'll reach Grand View Park where you're able to enjoy an amazing view overlooking the entire city. The project's website explains that over 200 neighbors sponsored the handmade tiles within the stairway, and over 300 people helped to actually put them in. It's amazing to see the final product of an entire community coming together.

Pants: Banana Republic (on sale!) // Jacket: H&M (old), similar: Zara // Shoes: Tory Burch

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