The Mission District is an energetic and diverse neighborhood with a rich history.
Named after the Mission San Francisco de Asís, founded in 1776, there are several main thoroughfares. Valencia Street has seen new development in recent years including boutique stores and new popular restaurants such as Lazy Bear, Flour & Water Pizzeria, and Limon, plus the famous Tartine bakery on Guerrero. One block from Valencia, Mission Street boasts some old favorites including Foreign Cinema, La Taqueria(voted America’s Best Burrito in 2014), Mission Chinese, and Taqueria Cancun. East-west 24th Street, also known as Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, is the true heart of the Mission and the center of Latino culture in San Francisco. 24th Street features several legacy businesses, including the Brava Theater and Juan R. Fuentes Art Gallery, and for some incredible food, be sure to stop by La Palma, Panadería La Reyna, Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, and La Torta Gorda just to name a few. Don’t miss the abundant murals in the neighborhood, such as the Women’s Building, Clarion Alley, and Balmy Alley. Stop at Precita Eyes Visitors Center for a mural tour if the choices are too overwhelming!
The Mission is centrally located near public transportation, highways, and several main thoroughfares with easy access to northern and southern neighborhoods, the Peninsula and the Bay Bridge to the East Bay and beyond. Warmer and sunnier than most neighborhoods, outdoor space can be enjoyed at Mission Dolores Park to the west, Precita Park to the south, and Duboce Park to the north. Those that live in the Mission are fiercely loyal to the neighborhood, whether newly-minted residents or multi-generational families.