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Address: Mission St. between 16th and Army Sts., San Francisco, CA
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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Sampled arepas and balmy elixirs from a pirate named Mr. Humphries beyond the gate of an old Victorian theatre

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Some areas are really cool, well-maintained, clean. The women's house is really beautiful. We ate a really good pizza in a cool restaurant and after that we had a nice walk. Later we went to visit those alleys full of murals and the experience was so disappointing. The allies stank. There were garbage everywhere and human excrements, even a homeless... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I know that Mission is now very trendy with apparently great restaurants and bars but I can't get past all the homeless, drug users, human excrement in the street and general edgy vibe this area has. Some people see this as 'authentic' but for me it's just not pleasant. I want to visit places that I feel comfortable in and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This area of San Fransisco is filled with hip restaurants sub culture and interesting shops. easy access to downtown.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We visited the area to see the murals - but it was not easy to find them. We just tried walking around and finally we found a small long street, where there were murals on both sides, and several artists were also working on new ones. We also observed murals adorning the walls of some buildings in the area. Otherwise,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

If you like gritty, this is for you. Too many homeless and panhandlers. Some up and coming restaurants, the food is getting better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Its an area known for its murals initiated by the Chicano art mural movement and inspired by the Mexican painter Diego Rivera. Its also an area to get Mexican food. The Mission district in known for its warm micro climate although we did not notice. We also did not notice much in terms of murals.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

we went early in the morning. Got off the bus and got right back on. This might be an up and coming area, but not early in the morning on a Sunday. Maybe better in the afternoon when shops are open. Many homeless in the area.

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Address: Mission St. between 16th and Army Sts., San Francisco, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District

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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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