What it is:
The soul of San Francisco, the Mission has many faces. This predominantly Latin-American neighborhood is home to immigrant families, young hipsters, artists, and increasingly, young families. The area gets its name from the adobe Mission Dolores, founded in 1776 and well worth a visit in itself. One of the sunniest neighborhoods in the city, the Mission’s colorful murals, sidewalk produce markets, and eclectic shops sparkle under clear blue skies. Some of the best restaurants in the city are located along the Valencia corridor between 16th and 24th street and inviting cafes dot the neighborhood. The Mission is anchored by Dolores Park, a popular hangout shaded by lush palm trees.
The Mission is bordered by 16th Street and Cesar Chavez Streets and Church and York Streets.
What to Do:
A somewhat flat area that is great for strolling, the Mission is the ideal place to shop for unusual treasures, sample great food, see colorful murals, picnic in the park, or visit historic Mission Dolores. Check out the Top 10 Things to do in the Mission.
When to Go:
There is no inopportune time to visit the Mission, but note that restaurants fill up fast during weekend brunch hours and many shops to not open until 11 am or 12 pm.
Take Bart to 16th Street or 24th Street, or the # 14 Mission bus.