The Best Brunches In San Francisco's Inner Sunset

Inner Sunset, San Francisco © Peanutian/Flickr
Inner Sunset, San Francisco © Peanutian/Flickr
Photo of Stephanie Coxon
4 November 2016

Just steps away from Golden Gate Park and a 20-minute bike ride from Ocean Beach, San Francisco’s Inner Sunset hosts an abundance of restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. Take a stroll along its epicenter at 9th Avenue and Irving Street to try our picks for the neighborhood’s best brunches.

Arizmendi Bakery

Bakery, Pastries
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Arizmendi Bakery has been serving pastries, bread, and pizza for over 15 years. Workers arrive hours before dawn to knead dough for the delicious cheese rolls and scrumptious scones. Seating is limited to a few tables inside and on the sidewalk parklet, making this an excellent opportunity to channel your inner Parisian and enjoy a freshly baked baguette on the go. Alternatively, satisfy your Italian cravings by trying their specialty pizza of the day.

Cafe La Flore

Cafe, Tea
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Cafe La Flore’s walls are decorated with works by local artists. This cafe takes pride in their classy presentation and the menu comprises a variety of sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and quality coffee. We recommend their smoked jack and cajun chicken chicken sandwiches. With friendly service and free WiFi, it’s easy to get comfy at this cafe.

Howard’s Cafe

Cafe, American
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Locals flock to Howard’s Cafe for their cheap and tasty American-style breakfasts. Many customers delight in their weekday breakfast special: two eggs, two bacon strips or sausage links, perfectly crisped home-fried potatoes, and toast of your choice. If you’re here at the weekend, we recommend the hangover special omelette, which is filled with ground beef, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Their portions are always filling, so be sure to bring your appetite whichever day of the week you choose to dine at Howard’s.

Art’s Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Bakery, Korean, American
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Art’s Cafe
Art’s Cafe | © Morgan Sherwood/Flickr
With countertops covered by postcards from around the world sent by loyal customers, Art’s Cafe has been a local favorite for 25 years. Owner Hae Ryong Youn, a Korean immigrant, brings his background in Asian cuisine to classic, American breakfast dishes. Their menu’s list of flavorful omelettes includes the tofu served with kim chee, sausage, and hot bean paste, as well as the bi bim bop veggie served with spinach, zucchini, bean sprout, carrot, and swiss cheese. From pancakes to crispy hash browns, Art’s has something for everyone.


Lale‘s calm and quiet ambiance offers a breath of fresh air from the hustle and bustle outside. Satisfy your sweet tooth with their ricotta-stuffed French toast, or indulge in a savory plate of Mumbai Eggs Benedict and homestyle potatoes. If you’re in need of a mid-day pick-me-up, their quality Turkish coffee is sure to give you a kick of energy.

Lale, 731 Irving St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 566 8814


Crepevine’s specializes in delectable sweet and savory crepes. Whether you order their Tuscany crepe with a side of salad and home fries, or the sunset crepe piled high with strawberries, nutella, and ice cream, you’re bound to leave satisfied. With gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, and a kid-friendly environment, this place is welcoming to all.

Crepevine, 624 Irving St, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 681 5858


Crepevine © torbakhopper/Flickr

Wooly Pig Cafe

Cafe, Asian, American
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Located in the middle of a quiet, unassuming street just a half block up from Golden Gate Park, Wooly Pig Cafe is easy to miss. Once you find your way, be sure to try the delicious banh mi and Wooly Pig sandwiches. The Wooly Pig is stuffed with succulent Shanghai-style pork belly, organic mizuna greens, and pickled shallots on a toasted challah roll.