If you’re visiting San Francisco, a great way to truly experience the charm of the city is by getting lost in one of the neighbourhoods. One neighbourhood worth checking out and exploring to get a good feel of local culture is the soul of San Francisco, the Mission District (but, fit in with the locals by just calling it “The Mission”).The Mission overflows with things to see, places to eat, and eccentric shopping. Named after Mission Dolores founded in 1776, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has some of its hipster cool new restaurants and galleries. For much of the 1990s, the Mission maintained a balance between its colorful Latino roots and a gritty bohemian subculture. Then came the overfed dot-com years. Though the district is slowly gentrifying, many urban artisans and immigrants still make their home here, and the restaurant and nightlife scene in the neighborhood is among the best in the city and perhaps the most locally-oriented one.With so much to do, how do you decide? I’ve narrowed it down to 13 spots that can be done in a day, in no particular order.
There is something so beautiful and pure about mural art. San Francisco is filled with these public art displays but the best is in this ally off of Valencia in the Mission district. Stroll along Balmy and Clarion Alleys for some amazing works of art. These masterpiece murals painted by Mexican-American artists and other residents of this predominantly Latin-American neighborhood.
Another spot with great art and the buzz of busy humans is the Mission District.