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Address: Mission St. between 16th and Army Sts., San Francisco, CA
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Drinking
Description: The city’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhood has an eclectic collection...
The city’s oldest and most vibrant neighborhood has an eclectic collection of shops, bars, restaurants and clubs rich in history and Latin culture. Colorful murals decorate fences, building walls and garage doors.
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Mission history & the best taqueria in the world.

Sought this out literally to get the best burrito in the world at the Taqueria. Definitely a great place to go for atmosphere and interest. See the murals, go to the church and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Sought this out literally to get the best burrito in the world at the Taqueria. Definitely a great place to go for atmosphere and interest. See the murals, go to the church and museum - see the history of why it is 'the Mission' area. And definitely get that Mexican food.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Coming from Connecticut, I randomly chose the Mission District to do a food tour and we were all very happy we did. This section of SF is similar to Brooklyn in that it has a deep, ethic history that is trending towards the hip, younger generation vibe. The food tour (Sidewalk Tours), gave us a nice history lesson on the... More 

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Stamford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lots of fun boutique stores, lively cafes, loads of cheap eats of all ethnic types. Great street art on soooo many back streets everywhere. Friendly people. Yes, there are a lot of homeless people (all over SF, really) but nobody pestered or threatened. Didn't feel unsafe - yet we did find a jacket with a small axe thrown over the... More 

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Taking a walk on 24th Street from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue is a great adventure due to the numerous murals and the feeling of being in a Mexican neighborhood. I have visited Mexico 15 or more times and I like the reminiscent feeling I get when I walk down this street. Many restaurants and shops are first-language-Spanish. Also, it's... More 

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Chilliwack, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

We spent an afternoon walking around the Mission and really enjoyed it. Took the F streetcar from Union Square and walked to the Mission Dolores and down Valencia Street. Some cool little shops. Did some research online before we went to find out where the murals were located, so they were easy to find. Clarion Alley and Balmy Alley had... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is the coolest place to go out in SF. Tons of fun, people are friendly, and easy to approach and chat with.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This district definitely has a feel to it. Other districts we went to didn’t. I didn’t see much trash nor did I see homeless asking for money. What I saw were decent, hardworking people in a nice community. I think people might feel unsafe here because of the color of the people’s skin. Shame on them. The murals were delightful... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I have lived in the Mission District for 23 years, and my wife for 30 years. About 10 years ago the gentrification process with both it's good and bad started to take place. For many it gave hope the filth and dirt would start to diminish, and there were signs of that. But in the last couple of years we... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I spent a good portion of time while in SF in The Mission. Day 1 consisted of ice cream at Humphry Slocombe (yum), Balmy Alley Murals (authentic, local, cultural), and window shopping at the 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store (Arrr!) and neighboring Paxton Gate. Paxton Gate, now that was different, is one of those only in SF type stores that... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This was one of the more interesting places in SF because it was one of the few where I didn't feel exactly safe. Not unsafe, mind you ... Just glad I was here with my husband. We went specifically for ice cream, but we got it on good word from locals that some of the best Mexican, bars, and graffiti... More 

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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