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Mission District

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

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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Stayed four nights there. At first I was a bit unsure of this area. I like my comfort zone and thought I might be out of it in the Mission District. Actually really enjoyed it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fun place to spend a day walking the neighborhoods and grazing on different foods. Also, lots of unique and interesting shops. Music and art (especially street art by professional artists tell the story of the Mission). To get the most out of your visit see: Tours: Precita Eyes Muralists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed four nights there. At first I was a bit unsure of this area. I like my comfort zone and thought I might be out of it in the Mission District. Actually really enjoyed it. We stayed on Valencia street and walked from the subway to our accomodation with all our luggage. Walked easily to restaurants and a really lovely... More 

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Sacramento, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

SF has become a homeless shelter and you can not walk down the street without beggars actually touching you in 2016. Go on a Sunday, have a group with you, women never walk alone!!!!!, Since SF has become a sanctuary City for illegals every street corner has a homeless begging. Google sefty in SF before going.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed visiting the Mission District in San Francisco. From Mission Dolores, to Mission Dolores Park, to the Clarion and Balmy Alley murals, to the wonderful restaurants and cafes, this area of town has it all. A great spot for foodies, history lovers, and lovers of art. A must see!

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Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is something for almost everyone in the mission. Food, Drink, interesting people, shopping, architecture, and art.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The murals in the alley's range from simple to exotic, some are almost primitive and others were clearly the work of trained and talented artists. Lots of stories of political strife, gentrification has clearly taken a toll on the population. sharing your experiences, you're helping travelers make better choices and plan their dream trips. Thank you!

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The street art in the Mission is absolutely world class and even though we only got to see the artworks on Clarion Alley, we were completely bowled over. There are incredibly vibrant, beautifully drawn images on just about every surface, and each carries an uplifting message of some kind; humanitarian or political. Sadly we couldn't spare much time to see... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The Mission District is one hipster town filled with lots of interesting murals. Be sure to visit Balmy Alley and pop into some of the hip looking stores as well. Valencia Street also has a row of beautifully coloured townhouses.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Amazing district, interesting, full of art, great pubs, restaurants, clubs, thrift stores, graffiti and street art. On the other hand a lot of homeless people and weird individuals, garbage, construction and hard time parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

It is a visual treat to gaze at the murals on buildings, walls, fences and even garage doors as you stroll in Mission District. The murals often have a message related to social and political themes. Do see Balmy Alley, Clarion Alley, Precita Eyes Muralists. The Visitor Centre offers guided tours.

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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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