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Mission District

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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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Great murals

If you like murals on buildings then this is the place to visit in San Francisco. There are some superb examples and quite a few of them. The area is next to Castro so it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

If you like murals on buildings then this is the place to visit in San Francisco. There are some superb examples and quite a few of them. The area is next to Castro so it is quite a good idea to put aside a few hours (or longer) and take your time walking around both areas. There are plenty of... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Mission District is great for people watching, all different walks of life. If you want to eat a burrito, you NEED to venture down here, there are so many great choices to chose from. Every other building seems to be covered in murals and they are beautiful. We felt safe most of the time when we stuck to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Interesting area to spend a day wandering around. Check out the street art - a really interesting mixture of traditional murals, contemporary and political art. Plenty of interesting shops, cafes and bars too. Alley Cat Books on 24th St is a great book store worth checking out too.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Relaxed easily walkable neighborhood....Nice shops and restaurants- No Chain stores...Nice newly renovated Mission Dolores Park. Valencia Street then main street of the area. A Must see relaxed area of San Francisco.

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Carefree, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I love the Mission! Easy access on BART, exit 24th Street, SF. Driving is a bit wicked. Parking is scanty so take the local transport. Extremely ethnic in flavor. Great Mexican/Latin population. If you love graffiti, there are blocks of street art to enjoy. Excellent food right on Mission Street.

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Winfield, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I liked visiting the Mission District but I would recommend planning your visit here during the day, especially when you travel with kids. We came here for murals as well as for food. It gets a little hectic at night. Besides, it makes sense to visit during the day, so you can enjoy all the beautiful murals.

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Melbourne, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Be very careful. This is a neighborhood in transition. My son just moved into a beautiful apartment complex here at 15th and Mission and it has wonderful amenities and good security and I felt safe during the day walking around as long as I stayed away from Mission Street. At night, the neighborhood feels like Jurassic Park....you never know who/what... More 

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A very neat and authentic part of San Francisco, though interestingly with gentrification of the area there is a stark contrast between the local stores of yester-year and the yuppie type joints popping up everywhere that are so common in California. Definitely not a tourist spot to the same degree, and when we got off the main drag on Mission... More 

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Manteca, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

A different side of San Francisco. Much cheaper than NoMa and also more colorful. Great place for thrifting and eating.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The Mission is a great place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere of San Francisco at its most authentic. There are a huge mix of people here. There's a trendy nightlife in local bars and restaurants that always seem to be full. But there's also a huge amount of homelessness and poverty here. It's very safe to walk... More 

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

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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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