Mission District

  Neighbourhoods and Streets

Named for the Spanish evangelical Mission San Francisco de Asis, the Mission District was once the working-class neighborhood of San Francisco and home to Latin American immigrant families. Post the dot-com boom, the influx of yuppies, entrepreneurs, and artists transformed the area into a hipster hub with cool cafes and bars, artists' studios, tattoo parlors, sweeping murals, trendy music shops, thrift stores, corner bodegas, and excellent taquerias. Explore the colorful neighborhood of the Mission District on a walking tour, sample some of its scrumptious culinary offerings, and bask in the offbeat atmosphere.

While Mission Street is the arterial road, the 24th Street area or Calle 24 is the cultural heart of the Mission, hosting several street fairs and parades, including First Friday ? a monthly food and art crawl involving samba dancers and live music. The Valencia Corridor from 15th to 22nd Street has stylish boutiques, nightclubs, galleries, and the 826 Valencia Writing Project, an educational work space for kids to improve their writing skills. The entire stretch upto Dolores Street in the west is dotted with trendy outlets.

At the west end is the Mission Dolores Park, the neighborhood center for social, cultural, political and sports events. It has several tennis courts, a basketball court, soccer field, children's playground, and a dog park. Two blocks to the north stands the Mission San Francisco de As?s or Mission Dolores, established as part of the California chain of missions in 1791 and the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. Another landmark in the neighborhood is the 105 year old Moorish Revival building of the San Francisco Armory which became home to the adult studios of kink-dot-com.

The Chicano Art Movement of the 1970s inspired artists to take to the walls, and the entire neighborhood features interesting murals on various buildings. Of particular note are the murals on Balmy Alley, Clarion Alley, and the Women's Building on 18th Street, between Valencia and Guerrero streets.

No tour of the Mission District is complete without sampling a range of the famous Mission Burritos which were the original inspiration for Chipotle. Resolute locals will vehemently vouch for their preferred outlets, and you should definitely check out the offerings at the popular ones - Taqueria Canc?n, El Farolito, La Palma, Taqueria La Cumbre, and Papalote Mexican Grill. The Mission's culinary adventure doesn't just end here, as it has 5 restaurants with Michelin stars for 2017 ? Al's Place, Aster, Californios, Commonwealth, and Lazy Bear.

About Mission District

 3321 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

 Nearest Transit: 16th St. Mission

 +1 415-621-8203


Mission District and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall(2.2 km)
Designed by Arthur Brown Jr.

San Francisco Symphony

San Francisco Symphony(2 km)
San Francisco has an excellent symphony orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) as the principal conductor.

United Nations Plaza

United Nations Plaza(2.2 km)
The UN Charter was signed in the Civic Center in 1945, and this plaza was constructed in honor of its ideology and is ironically over the site of the original San Francisco City Cemetery.

Herbst Theater

Herbst Theater(2.3 km)
Herbst Theater, next to the Opera house in the similarly-styled War Memorial Veteran's building is host to a wide variety of activities.

San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet(2.2 km)
The repertory season begins in January and continues through May.

San Francisco Opera

San Francisco Opera(2.2 km)
There are Fall, Spring, and Summer seasons.

Black and White Ball

Black and White Ball(2.3 km)
If you have the budget, why not 'hob-nob' at San Francisco's classiest party? Taking up four entire blocks of the Civic Center, this ball attracts a well-heeled crowd, as well as those who are just splurging.

Randall Museum

Randall Museum(2.1 km)
A small but fun children's museum with several interactive exhibits, including live animals, a science exhibit, a toddler play area, and a railroad exhibit which includes a model railroad layout which is open on Saturdays.

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