Welcome to the Mission District
Top Reasons to Go
- Bar-hop: Embrace your inner (or not-so-inner) hipster. Grab a cocktail at Trick Dog, whose mixologists mix up some of the Mission's finest drinks, then peruse the highball menu at the retro-chic Beehive or stop by the Chapel, where live music often accompanies the cocktails.
- Chow down on phenomenal, cheap ethnic food: Keen appetites and thin wallets will meet their match here. Just try to decide between deliciously fresh burritos, garlicky falafel, thin-crust pizza, savory samosas, and more.
- One-of-a-kind shopping: Barter for buried treasure at 826 Valencia and its Pirate Supply Store, then hop next door and say hello to the giraffe's head at the mad taxidermy–cum–garden store hodgepodge that is Paxton Gate.
- Vivid murals: Check out dozens of energetic, colorful public artworks in alleyways and on building exteriors.
- Hang out in Dolores Park: Join Mission locals and their dogs on this hilly expanse of green that has a glorious view of downtown and, if you're lucky, the Bay Bridge. On sunny days the whole neighborhood comes out to play.
Planning Your Time
A walk that includes Mission Dolores and the neighborhood's murals takes about two hours. If you plan to go on a mural walk with the Precita Eyes organization, or if you're a window-shopper, add at least another hour. The Mission is a neighborhood that sleeps in. In the afternoon and evening, the main drags—Mission, Valencia, and 24th Streets—really come to life.
From Sunday through Tuesday it's relatively quiet here, especially in the evening—a great time to get a café table with no wait. Dogpatch is liveliest during the week, midday to evening, when businesses are hopping. On weekends, this neighborhood relaxes at home.
After climbing the hills downtown, you'll find the Mission to be welcomingly flat. BART's two Mission District stations drop you right in the heart of the action. Get off at 16th Street for Mission Dolores and the shopping, nightlife, and restaurants of the Valencia Corridor or 24th Street to see the neighborhood murals and the increasingly trendy Calle 24 district. Parking can be a drag, especially on weekend evenings. If you're heading out in the evening, take a taxi. Dogpatch is well served by the T-Third Muni line, and the 22nd Street Caltrain station is nearby.
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