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Districts that you may overlook in San Francisco- Lakeshore and Ingleside

When you think of must-see spots in San Francisco, what come first in your mind? Golden Gate bridge , Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury? You are right! Those are the most famous tourist spots. However, Lakeshore and Ingleside districts are also good places that you should not overlook in San Francisco.

Both Lakeshore and Ingleside neighborhoods are located in the southwestern part of San Francisco. Lakeshore district is bounded by Sloat Blvd, 26th Avenue, Gellert Drive and Lake Merced. Ingleside district is bordered by Ocean Avenue to the north, Ashton Avenue to the east, Holloway Avenue to the south and Junipero Serra Boulevard to the west.

Fort Funston in Lakeshore is a protected area within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). It is the only park in the GGNRA that allows off-leash dogs. It was a former harbor defense installation. It is covered with trails that are suitable for hiking. It is famous for strong currents and magnetic sand, so swimming is discouraged. You can find lots of people walk their dogs, rock climbing, hiking or even hang gliding during weekends.

The Ingleside neighborhood is along Ocean Avenue, near City College. Ingleside’s El Rey Theatre was awarded landmark status by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in July, 2017. Art Deco treasure was built in 1931 and designed by architect Timothy Pflueger. “The El Rey Theatre is a magnificent work of art that, despite years of neglect, is one of the finest remaining examples of Master Architect Timothy Pflueger’s work in the Bay Area,” said John Rahaim, director of San Francisco Planning in a statement. It is now no longer a movie theatre and converted into a church.

Lakeview and Ashton Mini Park is also a great place providing views of the ocean and all directions in Ingleside District. Walking a few blocks up the residential Orizaba Street, the view is breathtaking especially you come at sunset. This small park is always overlook but here is the place you can enjoy the panoramic view of San Francisco and Daly City.

If you are craving food, you can find famous shops here. Beep’s burger is a famous drive-in burger shop in this district. It is famous for the juicy old-fashioned burgers, fries and shakes, many people drive here just for a Beep’s Burger. Zanze’s Cheesecake is also famous for the traditional cheesecake. Sam Zanze opened his Terrace shop 35 years ago and made his special cheesecake without butter and flour. A fish wire is always given with this European-styled cheesecake for customers to cut the cake. Not only these two shops, cafes along the Ocean Avenue are also special where you can relax for the whole day.

Lakeshore and Ingleside are always overlook in San Francisco but there are more that you can see than you expect. Next time when you take a muni bus and past these two areas , get off the bus and spend some time discovering these amazing districts.

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Gillian Ho

Gillian Ho

GIllian Ho is an exchange student from Hong Kong. She is studying Journalism at SF State because she wants to tell people something that they don’t know, namely about other cultures. After completing her degree, Gillian plans to continue her education by pursuing her Master's degree.