The Mission District is one of San Francisco’s most of-the-moment neighborhoods, packed with trend-setting boutiques, restaurants, and more. But its namesake is one of the city’s oldest icons, the 18th century Mission Dolores.
Mission St. is the neighborhood’s main drag and home to a variety of restaurants and shops. Valencia St. is ground zero for cafes, bars and clothing and accessory shops. 24th Street is a lively, tree-lined street boasting several Latino-owned businesses like La Palma Mexicatessan, La Victoria Panaderia and La Torta Gorda. The newest and trendiest corridor is 20th Street. There you'll find expert cocktails at True Laurel, Trick Dog and Lost Resort, inventive Italian food at Penny Roma, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread at Tartine Manufactory and lines out the door at San Francisco's newest must-eat restaurant, Ernest.
No visit would be complete without a Mission-style burrito. Choose from local favorites like La Taqueria, La Cumbre, and El Farolito. Burritos are just the beginning of Mission eats. Other restaurants you can't miss are Venga Empanadas, known for its stuffed pastries; Lolinda, with its delectable Argentine-style cuts from the grill; and Good Good Culture Club, a standout modern Asian menu and a lush rooftop.
Be sure to visit Mission Dolores, built in 1776. For recent history, check out the Mission’s celebrated outdoor murals in places like Balmy Alley or on the facade of the Women’s Building. Dolores Park is a popular green space that offers a perfect picnic location, people-watching and spectacular skyline views.