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The Mission

San Francisco's Mission District, is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood known for its rich history, Latinx culture, and trendy restaurants and bars.

 

One of the oldest neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Mission District has a rich history dating back to Spanish California. The neighborhood gets its name from the Mission Dolores, the oldest surviving building in San Francisco, which was founded by Spanish missionaries in 1776 and still exists today on 18th St right across from Dolores Park. The Mission District was also home to a large immigrant population, including Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants in the late 19th century, and more recently, a large Latinx community. Today, the Mission District is known for its diverse population, vibrant culture, and lively atmosphere.

 

One of the main attractions in the Mission District is the Mission Dolores Park, a popular spot for picnics, sports, and people-watching. Every week, the park fills up with folks from the surrounding neighborhoods and even those traveling from all over the city to hang out with their friends. The street art in the Mission is also amazing both in beauty and intention. Balmy Alley between 24th and 25th Streets near Garfield Park and Clarion Alley between Valencia and Mission Streets are key places to check out, and the various galleries throughout the neighborhood can host you on a rainy day.

 

The food scene in the Mission is what you may already be well acquainted with, maybe having even visited some of what the neighborhood has to offer. From taquerias and burrito joints to trendy restaurants and cocktail bars, the Mission District has something for everyone. Some popular spots include La Taqueria, known for its delicious tacos, and Foreign Cinema, a trendy restaurant with an outdoor movie screen. Arcana is an awesome new spot that is both a plant store by day and a wine bar with lots of live music at night. Tartine, of course, bakes some of best sourdough in the country, and Ritual and Sightglass lead the coffee charge in the neighborhood. Of course, Arizmendi holds true to the neighborhood's values as a co-op that bakes delicious scones, breads, cookies, and the like. At night, Beauty Bar, Blondie's, Double Dutch, and the Valencia Room offer you a spot to go dancing, and you can catch a flick at the only Alamo Drafthouse in the area. There's so much going on in the neighborhood that it's actually making me dizzy just writing about it.

 

In addition to its restaurants and bars, the Mission District is home to a number of independent shops and boutiques. Valencia Street, in particular, is known for its eclectic mix of stores, including vintage clothing shops, bookstores, and record stores. If you're looking to get a little weird, Paxton Gate's taxodermy is cool to check out.

 

Overall, the Mission District is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood with a rich history, a lively atmosphere, and a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Whether you're interested in exploring the neighborhood's cultural heritage, trying new foods, or shopping for unique gifts, the Mission District has something for everyone.

 

If you're interested in exploring the Mission, don't hesitate to reach out!

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