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Mission District

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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...

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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A different side of SF

Good place to explore for half a day away from downtown. Quiet side of the city, and you'll get a different vibe once you step out of the BART station. Colourful murals painted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love the many positive reviews, but have to cringe at some of the "avoid this" and "avoid that" generalities, with no detail. I mean, you can say that about ANY city. So, while there are many, many, many places in the Mission that are as completely safe in the daytime as any small town; tourists, alone and with families... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in Mission in an amazing Airbnb and we couldn't be more happy with our choice. The neighborhood is so colorful with cool street art and painted houses everywhere. It's also one big foodie heaven, with the best breakfast at Tartine and the best icecream at Bi-Rite!

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission isn't for everyone and it doesn't have the major attractions which would lure in tourists, but it has its own earthy charm under its hard exterior. Seems to be a cutting edge area for street art and murals. It's the working class area of a tres expensive city to live in and caters to its inhabitants. Worth a... More 

Thank David B L
San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh sure, there are million dollar condos here and there, but the heart of this part of SF is immigrant, whether German or Irish or Hispanic or hipster.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After experiencing the dodgy downtown area the day before, we had our reservations about coming to another reputedly dangerous district. However these fears were completely unfounded, and Mission is a great little area. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll find street art everywhere, from giant building-sized pieces to random alleys that have been coated head to toe. An interesting and... More 

Thank Lee A
Rockledge, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my favorite district i have visited in San Francisco. there were a lot of cool shops, restaurants, and bars all down Valencia and Mission. Taco ans burrito places eveeywhere. the murals on Clarion Alley were worth seeing also.

Thank Shawna2004
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good place to explore for half a day away from downtown. Quiet side of the city, and you'll get a different vibe once you step out of the BART station. Colourful murals painted everywhere! Balmy Alley is lined with more impressive murals, each telling its own story. Worth going if you have extra time to spare and to chill out!

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Sherborn, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

While it is one district, there is a lot of variety within it. Some it is lovely and fun. Some of it feels more than a little dicey. Very large homeless contingent and the farther east you go the less nice it gets. Overall it is a great area to walk and window shop. And there is some of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

You get a real sense of the city here. So much to see which gives you a unique insight into this beautiful city. Fun for all.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is probably the last "affordable" places in the San Fran area. Even now, long time locals are being kicked out of their rentals so that newer, more expensive housing can be built. This is the heart and soul of San Fran, the hard working people that keep the city running live here. Be careful though, there are sections that... 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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