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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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very interesting murals

I was told that there was around 500 murals in the streets of the Mission area. The tradition has been imported from Mexico. These murals illustrate the artists views about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I met some awesome people here, lot's of cool shops to see, interesting selections of beer, lot's of random adventures...my fave part of San Fran

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I've had the pleasure of visiting the Mission almost once a year as my adult son lives in the Mission. This time we took the time and spent two entire days walking the streets and alleys and really looking at the murals, stopping in the shops, trying out some new foods from the Latino markets and taking in the day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Love the Mission District! If you take the Bart to 16th and Mission, it's kinda rundown and a little sketchy, but once you head west on 16th it turns into a fun, funky neighborhood. Check out the murals on Clarion Alley and Sycamore Street, the original Good Vibrations woman-friendly sex shop, Tartine Bakery and the Bi-Rite supermarket and creamery. It's... More 

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Earls Barton
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Well, I passed through here getting off the Bart at 16th and mission to get a taxi up to the holiday inn on van ness and California. So we get off the platform and it feels like London...busy, rude locals with no sense of community, looking out for their own selfish needs. So I get onto the street and I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I was told that there was around 500 murals in the streets of the Mission area. The tradition has been imported from Mexico. These murals illustrate the artists views about politics and social matters, and is always very colorful. That area is no longer just Mexican, but Latin American.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Lovely neighbourhood, plenty of friendly faces. However.... The parking is terrible, it's covered in loads of different parking restrictions on each road, so be prepared to spend 15mins to park, and move the car the next morning so you don't get a parking ticket. Also be prepared to walk 3 blocks to get back once you've parked. Secondly the eateries... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I may have missed the point of this district entirely however I found it to be extremely dirty, a lot of homeless people begging on the street which was sad, stray dogs & the smell coming from some of the food establishments was just horrible. Yes there are some interesting art murals but it's really not worth it. I certainly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

It is definetly on my top five of neighborhoods. there is eerything there. Plain area, with space for pedestrian, bike and vehicles. Buildings not way too high, inhabited enough by all sorts of people,who live and/or work in the área, little and larger amazing shops for all sorts of snoberies. Restaurants of good and excelent quality, some tables outside, gets... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

You can spend hours walking around this neighborhood. Murals, street art, graffiti, a mix of all 3 or whatever you call it, if you have any interest in art, do your self a favor and spend some time in the Mission. Start at Precita Eyes Muralists and get a self-guided walking map. Get your camera ready and prepare to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

Another San Francisco gem of a neighborhood where churches, great shops, many restaurants (disproportionately Mexican, it seemed) dot the streets and fabulous wall graffiti brought to an art form as opposed to spray can terrorism. Definitely fun to walk around. Didn't venture into the shops, but I feel like I missed something and woud return.

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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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