The Mission is the beating cultural heart of San Francisco. Home to a truly diverse fabric of people, vibrant art (like the murals at Clarion and Balmy Alleys), a veritable eat-your-way-around-the-world culinary scene, bars from neighborhood dives to mixology meccas, historic treasures like Mission Dolores (San Francisco’s oldest surviving structure), and much more, no neighborhood embodies a lively mix of past and present San Francisco like this one.
The Mission buzzes with an eclectic all-hours energy, especially in places like Dolores Park, where nice days see every inch of the grass covered with blankets and colorful characters. There’s something here for every taste: classic shops like Dog Eared Books are neighbors with well-curated boutiques; you can catch a movie at Alamo Drafthouse or the renowned Roxie Theater, or your latest playlist favorite live at The Chapel. Foodies and cocktail aficionados, how much time have you got? Read some of our go-to spots here.
And don’t forget about a world unto itself – burritos. Everyone has their favorite spot, but with Taqueria Cancun (try the al pastor), El Farolito, Taqueria San Jose, and more nearby, some of the best Mexican food in the country is right here for the eating.
The Mission has multiple BART and MUNI (including Owl all-nighter service) stations, plus tech shuttle stops galore, making it an especially convenient neighborhood for carless commuters.