The Mission is no weekend warrior. This hood’s the real deal. It’s an outlaw. A rebel. To the Mission, it’s not about looking the part. It’s not about a “lifestyle.” No, this is life.
The Mission keeps it coming 24/7. Sunshine, swoon-worthy murals, culinary options that would make any foodie weak in the knees, bars – both dives and fancy-cocktail-serving ones – aplenty, cafés, bakeries, and a fascinating mix of new and old make the Mission District the thriving, vibrant, and compelling rebel heart of San Francisco that it is today. Rich in both culture and history, the area is home to both old (the Mission Dolores is SF’s oldest surviving structure), and an ever-growing barrage of creative entrepreneurs and techno-preneurs that’s mirrored by the housing options.
And then there’s… Mmmmm burritos. Stop by La Palma Mexicatessen, El Farolito, or Taqueria San Jose for an obscenely large tortilla-clad fix. Then, feast your eyes on Balmy Street murals, an absolute gem of an alleyway, offering vast insights into the history, culture and heritage of this neighborhood.
Check out the ‘damn fine’ granola at Craftsman and Wolves, a sleek café that acts as an ideal meeting place should you wish to conduct your meetings over delicious, creative breakfasts. When happy hour rolls around, sidle up to the bar at Trick Dog and take your pick of fancy drinks to wash down the kale salad before heading to Mission Chinese to wait in line for updated, creative takes on Chinese classics. Hot date? Take them to The Hideout, a bar tucked away within another bar (Dalva) where master craftsmen engineer your drink.
MUNI (including the Night Owl) and BART both make various stops in the Mission, as do tech shuttles aplenty, making it an especially convenient spot to live if car commuting isn’t your jam.