Taraval Street—local and sleepy, when you don’t have the sound of the Muni Metro rolling down the corridor. The neighborhood, known for its persistent fog, single-family homes and great diversity, has many interesting things to do and see — and it’s all easily accessible by public transportation on the L-Taraval line.
Nearly 50 percent of Airbnb guests’ spending occurs in the neighborhoods where they stay. Everyone benefits from the growing interest in tourism — hosts, guests and locals alike. With few hotels in the Outer Sunset, home sharing options like Airbnb give travelers the ability to enjoy all the neighborhood has to offer, while supporting small businesses and supplementing the income of our local hosts. Airbnb recently partnered with the People of Parkside Sunset (POPS), as well as with the San Francisco Council of District Merchant Associations (SFCDMA), to invite hosts to a ‘Taste of Taraval’ to help spread the word about the neighborhood’s local gems and promote it as a destination to travelers and folks from other neighborhoods.
Footprint is a family-run retail store. Jennifer Lee, and her family, have owned the store for more than two generations. The Taraval corridor is home to them, as well as their products of athletic shoes, outerwear, and accessories.
“Not only is shopping local convenient, but there is also a personal investment—you know the people behind the product and you get more personalized service, which makes the community a better place to live. Airbnb guests helps strengthen the community and local economy when they shop local. Guests get to experience something unique and feel like they’re part of the neighborhood.” – Jennifer Lee
Great Wall is the local, family-owned, hardware store within the Taraval Corridor, owned and operated by Albert Chow. Chow, also the President of POPS and Secretary of SFCDMA, showed off his store and hardware items that that hosts could need in the future.
Rolling Out Cafe offers globally inspired pastries and comfort food—sweet and savory— that sum it up in one word: “home”. A jovial Bruno, welcomes, creates, and provides delicious bites—ranging from savory mac and cheese with rosemary, to a sweet bread Hawaiian roll. Whether spending time inside the cafe, or outside at Parkside’s first parklet, you’ll feel right at home when visiting Rolling Out Cafe.
If you’re into card and board games, then Versus Games is the place for you. A gathering spot for the gaming community—local and even abroad—Versus offers player events and leagues for popular competitions. Games ranging from Settlers of Catan to Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering are sold and played in this space.
Following the mantra “less belongings, more experience,” Awayco was founded as a board-sharing platform to change the way surfers travel. It was created by surfers who wanted the ability to catch some great waves around the world, without having to bring their surfboard with them. They partner with existing surf shops around the world to put thousands of boards in shops around the globe. While an online platform with a global audience, Awayco calls the Sunset neighborhood close to Ocean Beach its global headquarters.
El Cafe is the up-and-coming cafe on the block, with only a month and a half under its belt. Owned and run by three sisters, El Cafe offers delicious coffee, refreshing smoothies, and sweet pastries. The sisters wanted to create a space where customers can enjoy a calm setting, while enjoying a delicious bite and refreshing cup. Sit inside under their beautiful mural or take advantage of outdoor seating.
A project of a husband-and-wife team, Soojin and Yin, ODSY Workshop creates unique handmade goods and shoe repairs. Originally started as a handmade goods business, in 2015, they moved into their current location, a former small shoe repair shop. The shoe repair shop was in the neighborhood for almost three decades, so they decided to continue their craftsmanship and keep the business going for locals.
To finish off the walk, the attendees gathered together again at family-owned Eagle Pizzeria where owner Ken served pizza after pizza for attendees to enjoy. Eagle is a favorite for school sports teams after a day of practice, kids having a birthday party, and for the locals who crave a pie or two. The restaurant is adorned with memorabilia of San Francisco’s winning sports culture.
Two restaurants teamed up with the retail stores to allow them to exhibit their products as well. Thanks to Kingdom of Dumpling for providing delicious samples of Chinese dumplings. Thanks as well to Lou’s Sandwiches for providing a delicious variety of sandwiches, showcasing why they are a favorite sandwich spot within the neighborhood.