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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
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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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Funky with an International charm

If it's diversity you're looking for.. the Mission District is the place to find it. ANY kind of restaurant can be found in this area. We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant (MAU... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
margie214
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Northville, MI

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed in the mission.. I guess it's where the hipsters live but we saw both hipsters and lots of homeless .. Great taco and burrito places and lots of out of the way places we may not have made our way to if we were staying in a more touristy area.. Stayed in an airbnb

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Northville, MI
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If it's diversity you're looking for.. the Mission District is the place to find it. ANY kind of restaurant can be found in this area. We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant (MAU) & authentic Turkish (TUBA) restaurant and also saw a newly opened GUAM restaurant. Lots of small, great tavernas and other great authentic eateries. It's a people watcher's paradise..You... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

May be it´s because I´m latin, but I couldn´t find the special thing about this place. There are some good graffittis though. The area looks quite dodgy, I guess at night it´s not a nice place to be walking by.

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toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Mission District, on New year's day, was a ghost town with no evidences of hippest, lively, high rent neighborhood. There were a handful cafes opened and a large crowd gathered for warmth and cafeine in a big popular artisanal cafe. Homeless were prowling and begging on the streets which were littered with garbages or leftovers from the night before.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Mission District to take in the Dia De Los Muertos holiday while staying in San Francisco. We caught the train up and was greeted to Salsa music and some small market stalls with locals loitering. The architecture, and the murals are what stood out for me and you can see how the area is becoming gentrified over... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Mission District has it all. It is one of San Francisco's most colorful, interesting, and diverse neighborhoods. Restaurants of all types. Latino culture everywhere. Interesting coffee shops, colorful alleys with murals. But, it's also quite dangerous at times. Aggressive homelessness and drugs openly for sale near the BART stations. An occasional shooting.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We mostly visited because of Mission Dolores and we didn't like what we saw at all. There was no one in the streets aside from us and a few demented homeless people who were screaming nonsense at us. We felt terribly unsafe... I would definitely skip this neighbourhood even more so if alone or with family...

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

There is no block with an excellent restaurant. Most places look like dumps from the outside. Do not be fooled! Food options are superb and absolutely delicious. The Mission District is covered with art. Starting from gulley covers, up the walls and pretty much every corner. It is the perfect place for a stroll on a sunny San Francisco day.... More 

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Elkin, NC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Yep, this will not be a popular review but I do not like bitter art. That is the type of art that is created out of some bitterness one has. Protest art is a form of bitter art. Folks like this are never happy, and are always bitter at their situation. That was the primary art I saw here in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We arrived mid-afternoon on a sunny winter day and took in the sites, sounds, shopping and dining available in the neighborhood. We always enjoy seeing the variety of city life on display in this Hipster and Latino area and on this visit took more time to take in the street art wall murals before dinner at Bar Tartine. Of course... More 

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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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