"More than Murals" Mission District Tip by goodfish

Mission District, San Francisco: 53 reviews and 132 photos

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      Market - 24th St.
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      Cafe, 24th St.
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  • House, Mission District - San Francisco
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  • Mural, near Mission St. - San Francisco
      Mural, near Mission St.
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If Chinatown is Little Asia, then Mission is Little Mexico. My morning mural trek (see previous tips) wandered by shop windows of religious icons, sidewalk displays of clothing and trinkets and past outdoor markets of sunny fruits and jewel-toned vegetables. The smell of enchiladas and tamales and the sound of mariachi music wafted from tiny cafes, and mothers with little ones in tow chatted together over their marketing in soft, staccato Spanish. And everywhere there is color: anything that can be is painted, planted, dyed, tiled or otherwise adorned in vibrant, brilliant color.

I walked both 24th (Church to Hampshire) and a large section of Mission Street, down to Mission Dolores and the Women's Building, and perceived 24th to be the center of a friendly, tight-knit neighborhood. Mission St. is a main thoroughfare and while not lacking in activity, felt much more commercialized and gritty.

This is an area best visited in daylight and is rumored to have some of the best restaurants in the city for travelers on a budget. And do bring the kids - they'll be welcome here and cheerfully entertained with all the bright and shiny things to look at!

Address: Area surrounding Valencia and 16th Street
Directions: Area surrounding Valencia and 16th Street
Website: http://www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/mission/

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 27, 2010
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