West Portal/West Portal Avenue

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Now: When the fog isn't around, this stretch of shops and restaurants seems quaint and sunny. It's a sidewalk destination for residents of the adjacent hilly residential neighborhoods, but probably missed entirely by most visitors to San Francisco.

Then: The Muni Tunnel carrying trains from under Twin Peaks through West Portal opened in 1918.

How To Get There: The K, L, and M Muni lines all emerge from the tunnel at the mouth of West Portal Avenue. For driving, you can usually park on the residential streets around Vicente Street, curving up from West Portal just west of the Muni tunnel.


  • The West Portal Muni Station

  • West Portal Avenue, near Ulloa Street

  • Shops on West Portal Avenue

  • Spiazzo Ristorante on West Portal Avenue

  • The Music Store, on West Portal Avenue between Ulloa and Vicente Streets

  • The Village Grill on West Portal, offering Irish Breakfast

  • Ulloa Street between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue

  • West Portal Avenue near Vicente Street and the Cine Arts at the Empire

  • Parking lot on West Portal Avenue

  • Cine Arts at the Empire Movie Theater on West Portal Avenue

  • Sidewalk along West Portal, looking east

  • WineStyles on West Portal near Ulloa Street

  • The north side of West Portal Avenue

  • Ambassador Toys on West Portal Avenue

  • Bookshop West Portal

  • Starbucks on West Portal Avenue

  • Bursa Kebabs Mediterranean and Turkish Cuisine on West Portal

  • Cafe For All Seasons

  • Eezy Freezy Market on West Portal near Ulloa Street

  • Fuji Japanese and Sushi Bar on West Portal at 14th Avenue

  • GG's Flowers, Gifts, and Jewelry on West Portal

  • The Greenhouse Cafe on West Portal

  • Harmony Audio and Video on West Portal Avenue between 14th and 15th Avenues

  • Mozzarella di Bufala Pizzeria on West Portal Avenue

  • Noah's Bagels on West Portal Avenue

  • Roti Indian Bistro on West Portal